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Ferry to Labrador

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Luggage outside the door and breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Leave hotel at 9:00 to catch the ferry 30 minutes later.

Silly me. After breakfast, I told sister Mary we needn’t rush as bus boarding wasn’t until 9:30. At 9:01, the hotel phone rang. Everyone was on the bus. Waiting. What? We rushed out and I kept apologizing. Some eye-rolling commenced, but everyone seemed good-natured about it. I cast my eyes to the floor, praying for it to open and swallow me whole.

To give us all a different perspective from the bus, Francis moved our seating two rows forward each day. The wife of one couple, sitting across the aisle, began a tirade that the practice had stopped. She was wrong, and this was only day four. My first mistake was not ignoring her. I was reading after all. The second one was nodding (though non-committal), hoping the conversation was over. I turned back to my book. She called the guide, who explained he did move names every day, but she didn’t understand. He stayed calm and finally walked back to his seat.

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We arrived at the ferry in good time to board, bus and all. A hatch like a car hood yawned open and Shawn drove us inside. The holding area was already half-filled with vehicles. Francis led us up three flights to a wide, empty center, large enough for a big dance party. Facing the huge expanse of windows, bar-type tables and chairs hugged the perimeter

For health and safety reasons, an announcement came over the intercom advising the location of rafts and life jackets. I didn’t understand the rushed message. Deep water and the talk about it gave me the chills. The engines hummed. They became louder. We watched the door through which the vehicles had entered, descend and close like jaws on a shark.  I felt the ferry floor vibrate beneath my feet. We crossed from Newfoundland to Labrador across the Strait_of_Belle_Isle. The distance is only about nine or ten miles, but the ferry doesn’t travel in a straight line. The crossing took about an hour and can take up to ninety minutes.

Someone heard about a school of dolphins and fish. We raced to the poop deck, but all we accomplished was a sharp slap of freezing wind in the face when I opened the door. Also no whales. This tour had been added after the close of the tour season because the travel company had such an overflow of tourists interested in making this trip. No whales. No puffins and no lobsters. All gone. Moved off. We’d come too late to Newfoundland.

Upon arrival, our group was called to gather by the Information Desk for disembarking. The stairs were narrow and a fellow passenger with a cane in front of us tried hurrying. Mary warned him to take his time. I was shocked to see cars parked with a hair’s breadth between them. It didn’t take long for the cars in front of our bus to drive off and allow our exit. There wasn’t room to slide a sheet of paper between our bus and the car beside and in front of it. Shawn inched the bus back to open the passenger door. He barely squeezed inside himself.

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WE arrived on a strip of Quebec and drove through L’Anse aux Clair (cove of life), the road traffic moved at a crawl. Here you can change your watch back to Newfoundland from Quebec time. Fog rolled off the St. Lawrence, thick and soupy.

Today’s Chuckle:

A taxi driver picked up a nun. She noticed him watching in the rearview mirror after she got into the back seat. “Is something bothering you, my son?”

“I’m sorry, Sister. I’d rather not say.”

“Go on. I may be a nun, but I’ve heard a lot of things in my time.”

“I’ve had this fantasy, Sister, my whole life, of kissing a nun.”

“That’s alright, son. I can oblige, but I have two conditions. You must be Catholic and unmarried.

“I’m both of those, Sister.”

“Pull in there son.” She pointed to an alley.

Ten minutes later, they came out. The nun noticed the driver crying. “What is it, my son?”

“I lied, sister. I’m not Catholic; I’m Jewish and I’m married.”

“That’s alright, my son. I’m Kevin, and I’m going to a Halloween party.”

Next on February 12th: L’Anse Amour

© 2015 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles.

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I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

63 thoughts on “Ferry to Labrador

  1. hahaha! Serves him right 🙂

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  2. LOL cute joke, Tess.
    Sorry about the traffic and the fog — but happy you brought us along for the trip. Mega hugs!

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    • You’re welcome anytime, Teagan. I have a front row seat just for you. Love to see you come along.
      Wasn’t that the best joke. I’m still giggling. No matter the weather, Francis kept us occupied and laughing. He was a superb guide.

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  3. Oh you really make me want to take a ferry. We have one here in So.California–to an island. It’s been ages since I took it. Just seeing that comfy ship brought back memories. Including the fog… seasickness… more

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    • Ha ha. No seasickness, thank goodness. The ferry was smooth ‘sailing’, a bit rough in places but not bad. Hot coffee from the cafeteria made everything better. Glad the post evoked good memories for you, Jacqui. 😀 ❤

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  4. Love the joke, Tess! Surprise ending like your stories! A bit foggy on your trip and some blustery cold weather, but bet it was worth it! Have a great weekend, my friend! 💛 Elizabeth

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    • Hi, Elizabeth. Yes, it was cold for my bones anyway but still adventure enough for me. This was my second ferry ride, much more relaxing than the first about a dozen years before in British Columbia. No matter how miserable the day, Francis always had us in stitches with the jokes he told. 😀 😀
      Have a wonderful weekend too. (( ❤ ))

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  5. Personally I love the fog. 🙂

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  6. The joke is wonderful. Apparently the folk from Newfoundland have a great sense of humor. I bet if you had made this trip early/mid summer, you would have seen dolphins, puffin, and not so much wet cold weather. We folk in the US are odd. Unless we are young and skiers, we go further south in cold weather, lol. But at least you got to travel with your sister!

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    • The jokes were the funniest and Francis came equipped with an arsenal of them.
      If we had come on the tour prior to this one, we would have seen the dolphins, whales, and puffins, but they had moved on.
      Funny thing about the weather. I kept an eye on it the week before our trip for packing reasons. Didn’t a storm come up the night of our arrival and change the weather. When we left, Francis told us the forecast was for sunny skies etc.
      Yes, Mary and I have improved as travel companions. A guided tour was new for her. Her preference is and and has always been a beach environment someplace as far south as is necessary. 😀

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  7. This is awesome!
    I’m Ray from London originally from Hong Kong.
    New to blogging about cultures and travel
    This month is all about Asia!
    would be really lovely if you lovely people can check it out !

    https://journaloftheasiangirl.wordpress.com/

    Cheers X

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  8. Sounds like kind of a rough day. Always embarrassing to be the one holding things up, but we’ve all been there at one time or another.

    Loved the nun story at the end!

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  9. Tess, thanks for taking us on your ferry ride. It’s been years since I took one and that one was in very rough and stormy waters. So much fun. Loved the joke.

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    • The first time I took a ferry was about 12 years ago in British Columbia and I was terrified. This time I took it more in stride.
      I love the joke too. Our guide was full of entertaining jokes. 😀
      It’s a pleasure to see you coming along on this trip. ❤

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  10. The tour was interesting and i was amazed at the little space between the vehicles. The joke was a hoot.

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  11. I am always excited by a ferry ride and a good joke!

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    • My last (and first) ferry ride was about 12 years ago in British Columbia. I was terrified of all that water, Though I’d crossed an ocean coming to Canada, I was a kid and what did I know?
      I found the ride relaxing. Heck the hot coffee helped. What luxury.
      This joke was the best. I still giggle when I think of it. 😀 😀 😀

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  12. Hilarious chuckle. Your day there looks a bit bleak though.

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  13. 😀 😀 Great joke. Sorry you didn’t get to see any dolphins though.

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    • Thanks, Cathy. I killed myself laughing all over again while adding this joke to the post. Francis, our guide, could hardly contain himself when he told it. He’d probably told a whole lot of our tours, but it still got his funny bone.
      😀 😀 😀

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  14. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    If the post was not terrific enough.. Tess Karlinski adds a joke at the end which is a classic in its own right. I think that with the China trip there has to be a book in the offing.. Travels with Tess has a great ring to it. Do head over and read to the end….

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  15. Reblogged this on and commented:
    An evocative post from Tess ; part of her trip to Newfoundland. Love the first photo of everyone looking wistfully towards the top of the table where one man holds the bottle of wine. And the joke… you need to read it!

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  17. Great joke! Looking forward to Labrador now…;)

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    • Wasn’t the joke too hilarious?! Francis knew how to keep us entertained though he’d probably repeated the same jokes hundreds of time. He couldn’t tell them with a straight face and could hardly get the words out.

      Lots of historical and interesting things in Labrador. 🙂 Nice to see you, Olga. Thanks for reading.

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  18. It looks cold!
    Love the joke.

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  19. Great post. Great joke. I may ‘borrow’ it.

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  20. Thank you for reading. Pleased you enjoyed. Have fun with it. 😀

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  21. That joke was hilarious, Tess!!
    I didn’t realise how tightly they pack vehicles onto those ferries!

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  22. I’ll adapt what a student told me many moons ago: “You funny, Ms. Tess. You really funny.” Love your travel posts!

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  23. You even got to Labrador!! How wonderful. Too bad there were no whales. Did you see any on the west coast?

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  24. LMAO, that was a great joke!

    What a wonderful trip Tess. Even the fog didn’t deter you. I do so love traveling with you.

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  25. What would Canada be without some fog and cold? Lol Tess, love the joke! 🙂 🙂

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  26. Oh I could feel your discomfort at the late morning arrival. Ugh I do dislike when that happens. Laughed at your hope that some hole would open to swallow you up. 🙂

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  27. Even in the fog it looks beautiful.

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  28. Oh the perils of timing errors. My worst was my honeymoon, I kid you not! I enjoyed the complainant across the aisle. She sounds like she might have a large role to play!? Hope so..

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    • Your honeymoon? Oh-oh. How did you fix that? o_O
      There’s always at least one character in any group who expects special attention. Short and quick: she hadn’t a large role, but still an annoying one. 😀

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      • I got lucky – I often get lucky – I may be a prat but at least I’m a lucky prat. t was before airport security and we ran for the plane carrying our suitcase (I’d mistaken a flight time of 14.05 for 4.05…) and because I aid it was our honeymoon they held the flight. I was forgiven, it was all smiles and ‘we’ll laugh at tis when we are older’ stuff until she saw the hotel I’d booked us in. That set things back again..

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  29. 😀 Oh-oh, but now you two are the dream team, right?

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  30. LOL LOL & LOL 😀 Love the joke, that’s great Tess! Sorry no puffins or whales or lobster though…I have yet to see the puffins here, but still hold out hope…and I wonder why some people get so bent out of shape about things like bus seating plans? Never did understand that…

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    • You know what they say about a barrel of apples…
      Nice to see you. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. You’re busy-busy too. Guess we are all getting too busy for our own good these days. ❤ ❤

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      • Haha..yep, I sure do!! Ahh Tess, I am on the back hoof all the time these days too, but always a pleasure to see you. We do what we can and we keep in touch, that’s the main thing 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll be back to see you soon! 😀 ❤

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    • I would like to step back a lot farther but life has been getting in the way . Still, always wonderful to see you, whenever they may be. Keep well and have a happy Valentines’s Day. Do you celebrate that commercial holiday as well? ❤ ❤

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      • Oh I know that feel… Ahh,thank you ❤ We do celebrate Valentine's Day, but not to the extent as in the States. I always give my kids a card and some chocolate as well as hubby, but here it's mostly just a 'romantic' kind of thing. Low key for us though. So long as I have plenty of bubbly, LOL 😀 Happy Valentine's Day to you Tess! ❤

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  31. Nothing wrong with low key. These celebratory days have become much too commercialized for my taste. Bubbly is always nice. 😀

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