Vacation

Secret Camping Location

OverĀ the weekend I happened to be invited to go trailer camping in the US of A. My family and I went to the usual campsite we go to when camping in the States -Rollins Pond. It’s a very cute and large campground with tall trees, and a beautiful lake.

The first day was beautiful. The sun was shinning on the lake, casting a golden glow through the trees. The air was warm and the people friendly. And it only took a few moments to set up the trailer -which for me, was unusual as I’ve never gone camping in a trailer before, only a tent. Thus making the first night a bit rough. I wasn’t used to sleeping on the top bunk -which had no ladder to climb up to, so I was forced to haul my tiny stature up there. Nor was I used to the rocking of the trailer when someone got up to use the washroom or tossed around in their sleep. Neither was I used to sleeping in an enclosed space, or in other words have four walls so close around me whilst I slept. However, by the next night all those seemingly uncomfortable firsts vanished and I came to like my small bunk, the rocking of the trailer and the real possibility of falling off the bunk in my sleep. Anyways, after setting up shop at our campsite we went for walk where we met Twinkle the dog ( it should have been named Lassie, but whatever.) Then we lit the first camp fire of the summer, and boy did it smell good! And look good too! There’s just something about campfires that make your camping experience so much more enjoyable and cozier…

The second day was very rainy. The rain had started in the morning, around 6 AM and only stopped at around 12 the next morning. However, we still managed to have a lot of fun. We went to the nearest town -Malone, where we went to do a little shopping AKA buy all the cool shit that Canada doesn’t have. Then for supper we grilled our steaks which was absolutely EXTREMELY delicious and ended the day with a few card games. I only won once, my pride wasn’t hurt or anything considering I taught my family how to play this card game. Needless to say I was very happy to climb into my sleeping bag on the top bunk where it was much warmer than in the rest of the trailer or outside.

The third day was very sunny. Albeit cold in the morning, but the crispy bacon and scrambled eggs warmed my belly. After breakfast we went for a good 2 hour walk where we saw a snake, a family of ducks, a few crazy chipmunks, and a couple of dogs. No bears. After our walk, I packed up my things and we left for home!

My 3 days at Rollins Pond was short in duration but nothing short of fun. I had an amazing time and I wouldn’t take back any minute of it. If you ever want to camp in the States then you should definitely consider Rollins Pond in Algonquin Park, New York. It’s absolutely stunning.

See you at my next blog posting!

 

G.

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My Spirit City and its Tourist Attractions

Usually, when I find myself in different cities or countries, I take hundreds of pictures and look at all the architecture and try to find out all of its history. However, on my Newfoundland Bound adventure, I found myself in Saint John’s with all of my curiosity intact and a little more. I felt at home and connected with the little town just off the sea.

Saint John’s is located at one of the furthest points east of Canada, and just after a 26 minute drive you will find yourself at Cape Spear -the most eastern point in all of Canada. Although the town is quite small compared to the bustling town of Montreal, the locals were very friendly and chatty, the colourful houses are charming and the cool ocean breeze made everything pleasant.

There are many things to do in Saint John’s as well. You can check out Signal Hill -which is a historical landmark because the first Marconi wireless telegraph received the first transatlantic message, ever. If you think about it, it’s pretty insane. Now -113 years later, we’re sending and receiving millions of wireless messages over the Internet EVERYDAY!
You can also check out the Johnson Geo Centre, which is a pretty amazing place as the museum is all underground -yes, it’s all underground and i’m not joking. Another place to visit is The Rooms on Bonaventure, which contains historical records as well as the history of Newfoundland. The Newman Win Vaults are also a must see!

However, and this is especially for the Republic of Doyle fans out there, you must definitely check out ALL the film locations. Such as on Signal Hill you can snap a shot of the Saint John’s aerial view that is shown at the beginning of each episode. The RNC headquarters is actually Bishop Feilds Elementary school on Bond St. BOND ST. That’s as cool as it gets people…Then, you should also check out Quidi Vidi -or “kidi vidi,” as the locals call it.

As you’re walking around town, you will meet plenty of strangers who are quite chatty and might be well versed in the historical facts of the city. For example, Cochrane St. Cochrane was a governor whom everyone disliked. So when he was recalled back to England, everyone started to throw anything they could get their hands on at him and his daughter, whom nobody liked either. This all took place on a street -now called Cochrane. With almost everything on that street named Cochrane.

 

Anyways, I’ve gone on too long and have given too much away. So I’ll end it here so that you -the reader, can experience Saint John’s for themselves.

Saint John’s, wrapped in a silky layer of fog, and dotted with colourful houses -you are my spirit city. One day I will come back and spend the rest of my days by the sea…