We ended 2007 with two notable decisions for 2008: our annual party, now in its third incarnation, and this year's vacation.
Wmtc3 will be Saturday, June 7. No conflict with Pride Week or Canada Day, and hopefully no rescheduling. Those who care about such things, please mark your calendars.
And. . . we're going to Newfoundland! We'll certainly get to Nova Scotia on a future trip, but Newfoundland is calling me. And I'm answering!
The trip will be in late June, when it should be warm enough, but not crowded. I don't know if Newfoundland ever gets crowded with tourists, but it's always better to travel when kids are still in school.
It looks like we'll get 10 days there, not counting travel days on either end. Two Newfie-descended friends have told me I need at least two weeks, but 10 days will have to do. You can never do everything, anywhere you go. We'll be sure to make it a memorable 10 days.
I've only just started to read about the area and think about what we want to do. I know that quaint small towns and long, scenic drives are in store, and hopefully we'll see some whales.
I definitely want to go to L'Anse aux Meadows, the archaeological site of the earliest known settlement in North America. We both love that kind of thing, and I won't miss an opportunity to visit any UNESCO World Heritage Site, anywhere.
Newfoundland is actually home to two World Heritage Sites - the only Canadian province that can make that boast. Gros Morne National Park is the other one. I have to investigate how accessible the park is to people like us who are not backcountry trekkers.
I'd also like to visit Cape St. Charles, the easternmost point in North America (if we exclude Greenland, that is!), for perhaps a silly reason. I've been to Land's End, the westerly most point of the UK, and the closest land point to North America. I was there by myself, on a memorable journey in 1985 (a few months before I met Allan). I like the symmetry of it.
I'm excited! Anytime I'm looking forward to traveling someplace I've never been before, I'm happy. My wanderlust is so intense, and it never gets fed often enough.
Any suggestions or information about Newfoundland is welcome. Great photos and info here.