Saturday, June 23, 2007

Plans for July 17 - 22

Six days in Newfoundland - are we crazy?! The ferry ride from N. Sydney last 5.5 - 7.5 hours, depending on how many times the ferry has to turn its engines off for whales and other wildlife. Once in Newfoundland we'll stop awhile at Cheeseman Park, one of two nesting sites for the endangered Piping Plover. Candleman is a birdwatcher and seeing these will be a feather in his cap. We'll spend the night in Gros Mornes National Park (#63) on the 17th.

On the 18th we drive 5 hours to the Viking Village in St. Anthony's (#64). This is also a great place to watch whales and big chunks of icebergs.

The 19th will be a long driving day - from St. Anthony's to Grand Falls or Gander (#65).

On the 20th we'll finish the drive to St. John's (#66). We'll do some sight seeing and drive up Torbay Rd where I used to live when I was 3-5 years old. Saturday we will drive down to Witless Bay and take a tour boat out to see whales and hopefully, puffins. Ninety-five percent of the puffin population nests in July in and around Newfoundland. Witless Bay has many; I just hope we get some really, really good sightings of them.

Saturday afternoon we will drive back to Grand Falls (an hour past #67) and spend the night. Sunday, July 22, we will attend church in Grand Falls Branch then drive to Channel-Port aux Basques (#62,68) to spend the night.

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