Ahh, I love being on the brink of vacation.
The hurried packing (because I never do it ahead of time). The restless sleep the night before. That anxious “I’m forgetting something” feeling. Toothbrush? Check. Camera? Check. Shaving cream? Check. Sunglasses? Check. Heavy foot so we can make quick work of the 7-hour drive tonight? Check.
This time we are headed to Newfoundland with two of Brian’s brothers, David and Jason. We are renting an RV in Halifax tomorrow, spending a couple of days in Cape Breton, and then heading to Newfoundland. Cape Breton will be beautiful because the leaves are about half turned… I’ll be sure to get some pics for our southern friends.
The RV is going to be an interesting experience to say the least. My parents had a few RVs as I was growing up (“Hey hon, this trailer really isn’t big enough. We really should trade it in for this one that’s two feet longer, dontchya think?”) but I was young so never really experienced the fun of packing one up, setting it up, cooking in one … much less driving one over the narrow winding roads on a big rock. Hmm … I wonder how well moose deflect off of RVs?
We will spend the majority of our time at Gros Morne National Park. Hiking, kayaking, and, I suspect, freezing our butts off a little. Speaking of Butts, that is a popular surname in Newfoundland. My best friend in university is a Butt and proud of it.
Some of the places I want to visit while in Newfoundland:
- Conception Harbour. (No, mom, I’m not pregnant yet.)
- Dildo (I’m not joking)
- Heart’s Desire, not far from Dildo. I probably should just stop talking and let you <insert joke here>
- Come by Chance
- Little Heart’s Ease
- Tickle Cove … Hee hee hee.
- Happy Adventure… sign me up!
- Deadman’s Bay. Who is this dead man and why is it HIS bay?
- River of Ponds. Okay, who are they letting name these places anyway?
- Hickman’s Harbour
- Frozen Ocean Lake
- Witless Bay
Okay, so we’re really not going to be anywhere near these places and I’m just looking for a laugh. So sue me. It’s early and I could come up with nothing else.
Interesting Newfoundland fact: There are no snakes, skunks, deer, porcupines, or groundhogs on the island. Phew… I can leave my porcupine repellent home.
I will likely try to get online at various times during the trip. Do you think Gros Morne has a free wireless network? Hmm … if not, maybe in Hickman’s Harbour.
Pictures and stories will abound upon my return. Don’t miss me too much.