For those not in the know, I am currently on vacation in Newfoundland. We left Ottawa on Friday - we being me, Barb, Echo, and Barb's friend Shannon - and stayed in a sketchy motel in St Antonine, Quebec. We had some car trouble along the way, but fortunately we just had to take a couple breaks to let it cool down (and I think we've now fixed the problem). We made it to North Sydney well in advance of our 1:30am ferry on Sunday morning. Then our ferry was delayed and we didn't depart until 4am. Fortunately we had bunks booked and slept the whole way. Echo stayed in the car and did not seem to mind it to much. She became quite close to Shannon on the trip and looks forward to snuggling with Joanna on the way back. We dropped Shannon off in Gander around 5:30 and arrived in Twillingate around 7 on Sunday.
We've had a great time so far. We were warned we'd have awful weather, but until today it has been great. Sunny and uncharacteristically warm. Twillingate is directly in the path of the icebergs that float down from the arctic, and there have been some beautiful ones so far. We've been out in boat a couple times, and yesterday we went and checkd out an iceberg and went fishing, as the recreational fishery opened. We caught a few (including Barb's first) and had some for supper last night.
My dad; Robbie, Kayla, and Elodie; and my Uncle Cyril, Auny Cathy, and cousin Candace are all home visiting as well, so it's been a bot of a family reunion. Elodie continues to be swarmed by family and strangers alike, but is handling it quite well. She has learned to say "Echo" before "Unle Toby." There has been a lot of visiting, but otherwise it's been pretty relaxing so far. Our cellphones don't work anywhere in Newfoundland (go Rogers!) and we don't have any regular internet access. Being off the grid is fabulous.
It's a bit rainy today, so I'm not sure what we'll do with ourselves, but I'm not too worried. I have finished the sixth Harry Potter book (behind most of the world) and have started number 7, so everyone shut up about it. Barb and I are currently alternating access on the one computer in the "internet cafe" here, so I should get going. More photos on facebook...