We are finally rolling again! On Wednesday at 5 a.m. Charlie carefully maneuvered our skinny Winnibago down our very steep and icy driveway and onto the highway.
A look at our driveway in winter.
Charlie and WB walk up our driveway.
FD Roosevelt State a Park, Georgia.
We drove I-95 to Petersburg, Virginia in an icy rain, with temperatures hovering between 34 and 36. On Thursday we continued on to Charlie’s good friends, Chuck and Linda’s lovely home in Statesville, North Carolina. Chuck treated us to a gourmet dinner of shrimp, fresh tomatoes, basil, black olives, and pasta. We toured the city of a Statesville the next day, and again relished Chuck’s culinary skills at dinner time, and we made them promise to come stay with us so that we may reciprocate.
On Saturday, we traveled through South Carolina and are currently camped at FD Roosevelt State Park in Georgia. It is 70 degrees and sunny, and quite nice after the winter we have had!
This park is near where FDR had a vacation home near Warm Springs and developed his New Deal policies based on his Georgia experience. One can see his hand controlled 1938 Ford convertible at Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic a Site. Now, those of you who follow this blog know that we visited Campobello Island, another great Roosevelt vacation place, last summer. FDR had excellent taste in finding great places to visit!
A Snowy Owl at Hammonassett State Park last week.
Charlie and I have been busy readying the camper for our big adventure! We plan to leave for North Carolina in a few weeks, and are really, really hoping the weather cooperates! Today we awakened to 1 degree temperatures, it has warmed up considerably and is now a breezy 8 degrees in central Vermont. Enough of the aside, though, back to our preparations!
We are planning to be on the road for an extended period of time and have had to make some changes in the way we do things to accommodate this extended trip. One big challenge is the mail! We have decide to do away with our mailbox and have gotten a postal box so that our daughter can monitor any bills that are not electronic. I have converted most mail to electronic, but some bills, like snow plowing or heating oil are still old fashioned snail mail.
We will cancel our cable service for the duration, but will continue our phone service. We are trying to grocery shop carefully, so that our freezer will be empty in two weeks time. I want to clean the fridge and unplug it before we leave. We will also disconnect anything in the house that might draw power while we are gone ( microwave, television, clocks). Running away for a few months is a bit more complicated than I first thought!
As for the camper, we are disappointed that the bike rack we ordered from Thule will not work with the back slide out. We sent the bike rack back, and will leave the bikes at home and take the utility tray instead. That will give us a bit more storage for the DEF that our diesel requires and the big bag of dog food Woolly Bear is insisting we bring! It also will come in handy for muddy hiking boots and hauling firewood. We figure that we wouldn’t bike much anyway, as Woolly Bear would be alone in the camper and at some point in Florida, or Mississippi or Louisiana or Texas it must be warmer!!!
Seals basking in the sun at Hammonassett State Park
Thanks for dropping by and reading about our preparations!
Charlie and I wish all of our readers a very happy, healthy and peaceful New Year! We haven’t posted recently as we have been staying at home and taking care of those pesky homeowner chores, and more importantly, catching up with family and friends. But now we are ready to ramble. Our preparations for our next adventure are well under way.
We have repaired the broken windshield, replaced a burned out headlight, replaced the house batteries, and just had the propane filled today. Now the count down begins! We will be heading south in about 5 weeks time, weather permitting. Until then I will try to post every couple of weeks to update you on our progress.
Woolly Bear is ready to ramble!
Woolly Bear has been having a really tough time of it this trip. He had just recovered from Lyme Disease when we began our travel, then ended up with an allergic reaction to something, possibly the new food we gave him. We decided to take him to the vet in Cape Breton the day after we took the ferry back from Newfoundland. The vet was wonderful and prescribed antibiotics for his eyes, and a cortisone cream for his itchy skin. It took several days, but his eyes are much better and his itching seems to have stopped.
The ferry back to North Sydney was uneventful, and we managed to be first in line to disembark! Charlie and I both want to return to Newfoundland for a longer period of time, perhaps 3 or 4 weeks so that we can see the east side and the north peninsula early enough in the season to catch the icebergs floating by. They were gone by mid August, as were the whales! And the Puffins were located to the east, also. We thoroughly enjoyed the west coast and Gros Morne NP and the four provincial parks we visited during our stay.
After spending the night camped in North Sydney, we headed north to Kouchibouguac (pronounced Koo-she-boo- swack, according to the visitor center)National Park, where we camped for several days in a large, wooded site with plenty of room for our screen house. The site was adjacent to the Kouchibougnuac River, and we wished we had brought our canoe and bicycles as that is the best way to see this beautiful wilderness park. The only downside was that the mosquitoes seemed to be turbo charged, flying in high winds, and swarmed around the outside of the camper waiting for us to open the door! We had to make a decision about whether to continue north to the Gaspe Peninsula or to turn around and head home so that Charlie’s ankle could heal and WB would be closer to his own vet. Upon researching things, we found that 2 of the 3 campgrounds in Forillon NP on the Gaspe Peninsula close down on September 2nd! In addition, the swamp maples are already turning a pretty red in northern New Brunswick, and we have had more than one 45 degree morning. It appears that the Canadian camping season is coming to an end. We decided to head home, and are currently on our way south, stopping for a day in Freeport, Maine; then heading over to Vermont for the Labor Day weekend. We are already planning our next adventure, once the “boys” are on the mend!
Woolly Bear and I take a break on the path to the lighthouse.
We toured the lighthouse and were surprised to see an article posted that was written by a George Rose, in addition, the woodworking was completed by an Alvin Rose. It seems my maiden name is more popular than one would think! After our lighthouse tour we stopped at a great little restaurant and had chowder and codfish cakes quite similar to the one’s my Grandmother Rose made. Overall, a wonderful day!
We spent two days at Barachois Lake Provincial Park. Our campsite was on the lake, and we had the beach to ourselves! Charlie watched a mother loon and her little one. It reminded us of our Boundary Water canoe trip, watching the loons on Ima Lake.
Barachois Lake Provincial Park.
We leave tomorrow for Nova Scotia, and then head North again.
We travelled north from Cow Head to Arches Provincial Park, a tiny park with wonderful scenery, for lunch. The waves crashed under a series of rock arch formations, and the view was amazing!
Lighthouse at Lobster Cove, Newfoundland
We left the Trout River side of Gros Morne and moved north to Shallow Bay. Route 430 ran through many scenic fishing towns and by lots beautiful coastline. The campground itself is the furthest point north on the Viking Trail that one can go while remaining in Gros Morne Park.
Typical of what you see as you drive along Route 430 in Gros Morne NP.
The View in line for the ferry.
Marine Atlantic ferry to Newfoundland.
Trailer trucks on ferry deck. Nice and close! We were parked with the trucks on deck 3.
We took the Marine Atlantic Ferry to Port aux Basque, Newfoundland on Saturday morning. It was an uneventful crossing as the weather was pleasant and the waves were small. Our dog Woolly Bear had to stay in the camper below deck for the entire 6 hour crossing. He was asleep when we got back to the rv to disembark.
JT Cheesman Provincial Park. Another beautiful beach!
After a quick stop at the visitor center, we camped at JT Cheesman Provincial Park. The park was quite nice and had a beach and sand dunes. I have pictures, but will need better Internet service to upload them! The beach and dunes are a nesting site for the Piping Plover, so we had to be careful to keep WB away from the sea grass.
A look at the road, sea, and mountains near Trout Brook Pond in Gros Morne NP
The last two days we have camped at Trout River Campground in Gros Morne National Park. It was a large, wooded site with lots of privacy but no electricity. Yesterday saw heavy rain, but we hiked the Tablelands any way. It was the first time since August 1st that Charlie was able to do any hiking. His ankle held up for the short 4K hike in the rain.
The TableLands of Gros Morne National Park. A geologist’s dream!
Today we are moving to Shallow Bay campground on the other side of Gros Morne. With a bit of luck, I should be able to upload the pictures of the provincial park and the Tablelands.
Cabot Trail, Cape Breton
We traveled to Cape Breton Island after leaving Fundy National Park on Sunday. I had booked two nights camping, complete with electric hookups, at Whycocomaugh Provincial Park. This very scenic little park was only 45 miles from Cape Breton NP, where we are currently camped. My mistake was asking for electricity! We ended up in the lowland with lots of mosquitoes instead of on the hillside overlooking Bras D’Or Lake. The mosquitoes rivaled the ones we had dealt with a few years ago when canoe camping in the boundary waters; only then we were prepared with head nets, etc. I could have changed the site as the lady at the reservation desk was most helpful and there were plenty of vacant sites, but we had already set up the screen house and Charlie thought we should stay put. Next time I will remember to opt out for electricity!
We were unable to do the hike I had planned to the top of Skye Mtn, as Charlie’s ankle injury has still not healed. It was a nasty shade of purple and only fits in his flip flop!
Last night’s campfire!
On Tuesday we drove to Cape Breton NP and we are currently camped at Cheticamp Campground, without electricity, in a large private and shaded site. Today we had breakfast while watching a Bald Eagle fish and several seals play off the rocky beach area at An empty-except-for-us picnic area on the water. Then we drove the Cape Breton trail to Ingonish and back. We drove alongside a young moose, but she soon disappeared into the brush. North Mtn was an interesting climb for the View, with many long ascents and descents with a 13% grade.
Moose on the run!
We are going to try some short hikes tomorrow, and see how Charlie’s ankle fares. But even without our hikes, we are having a great time seeing Cape Breton! On Friday we move closer to North Sydney where we board the ferry to Newfoundland on Saturday. We have had difficulty finding wifi or getting Internet service, so will post again as the technology is available, maybe from Newfoundland!