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Bonavista

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Mary and I won the daily draw for the front seat kitty-corner from the driver. We face huge front windows—a panoramic view—three steps above Shawn, our driver. On our way to Bonavista, the road had wide curves. He slowed, careful not to tip the bus. I hoped tilting too far wasn’t possible.

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I found the ride awfully bumpy for a one-year-old modern bus. Something wrong with the suspension, I wondered? “Mamma,” I said when we hit a particular curve. Said is a weak description. I believe I yelped or screeched loud enough for the driver and our tour guide across the aisle to hear. Shawn’s eyes caught mine in the rearview mirror, a wicked grin on his face. “These aren’t government roads,” he said.

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I hadn’t noticed there were no signs anywhere warning of sharp turns or anything else.

Bonavista Quick Facts:

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  • Rivals St. John’s in early days of fishery
  • Tourism is big here
  • Dungeon Provincial Park is a phenomena
  • Small puffin colony established at the top of the cliffs
  • Lots of cemeteries on both sides of the road
  • Cemeteries: Anglican (large one); Pentecostal, United, Jehovah’s Witness, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventist, more and some new ones
  • Nine windmills produce enough energy for 600 houses

A fishing vessel, Ryan’s Commander, ran into a storm in 2004 after dropping off fish. Empty, it capsized. Four crew were saved; two lost their lives. A helicopter had to release one survivor to the ocean because he would have smashed into the cliff. This was also at night. The pilot thought he saw a glimmer. One of the survivors was on the cliff—the glimmer was his watch—saved him.

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At Dungeon Provincial Park, we stopped for photo opportunities.

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What you want to know about puffins:

  • Puffins: Images
  • Puffins can dive 200 feet to get a capelin
  • Their nest has two chambers, one for the chick, the other as the lavatory
  • They mate for life
  • Live for 20 year and do not come on shore
  • Come to land to nest in June when capelins come
  • Leave chicks on the cliff
  • Literally throw the chicks into the water at night. Use moon as guidance system.
  • They cannot lift off land
  • 500 young birds landed on pavement
  • Puffin Patrol has saved 3,000 – 4,000 puffins
  • No longer throw puffins in air because black seagulls wait and attack them
  • Saved, recorded, and thrown into the water instead

The cod au gratin was dry at lunch, a little better in the center. My disappointment overpowered anything positive. Wow. The salad was generous with raspberry dressing on the side. A large slice of fresh white bread and butter accompanied the lunch. The coffee was delicious and the service great!

After lunch, the Interpretation Center (a self-guided tour) was opened just for our tour group.

A legendary appetite:

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Ryan Premises National Historic Site of Canada: only the dining room had furniture and crystal glasses on shelves. Almost every room had a fireplace. It was built in 1869 and has shifted at least a couple inches on the side = cracked walls and sagging stuck doors. I must learn to check pictures have turned out before assuming the click took when I snapped a picture. I am missing all the pictures taken in this house.

While we waited for the group to congregate at the bus afterwards by mid-afternoon, Shawn said the temperature had soared to 26 degrees Celsius. He received a phone call shortly afterwards and crossed the road. A car stopped; he handed a package to a young lady passenger. On his heels beside the sidewalk, they had an animated conversation for several minutes. I paid no attention to the driver. Oh, the wonders of the 21st century.

We passed a church with a wedding in progress, but the bride and groom were not in sight.

Headed to the hotel, Francis popped a Daniel O’Donald music DVD for our ride back. By 4:30, we were about a half-hour from the hotel but stopped at an Ultramar Gas station for drinks and whatnot.

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Mary and I had supper at the hotel dining room with Ann, who was traveling alone with our tour. She’s so reedy, a light breeze might blow her over. Our eyes bulged when she ordered a seafood platter: 8 mussels, shrimps, crab, and rice. She also enjoyed a large glass of red wine.

Mary chose linguini with vegetables, but I had little appetite and chose Caesar salad with chicken. I can’t believe the truckload of croutons in this dish.

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On the lighter side:

A guy calls the hospital to asked about Sammy Jones, a patient in Room 302. “Sure, connect me to the Nurses’ Station.”

“He’s eaten three meals today, and doing fine. If he keeps improving, he will be discharged Wednesday. Are you family?”

“No, not family. I’m a friend—no, I’m Sammy Jones in 302. Nobody tells me anything!”

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Next on June 17th – The First English Settlement

© 2015 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles.

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

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!

72 thoughts on “Bonavista

  1. Another fascinating travelogue. Thank you, Tess.

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  2. Nice coastline and love the wide open space. 🙂

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  3. ““These aren’t government roads,” he said.” LOL

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  4. Great tour. I was fascinated by the Puffin discussion and video. Thanks Tess

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  5. Interesting about the cod’s appetite. Almost an omnivore.

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  6. Yikes! That sounds like quite a wild ride. Good thing Shawn knew the roads. Very picturesque though. Glad you made it there and back in one piece. LOL, cute joke… That’s how I feel at work. Thanks for bringing us along for another adventure, Tess. Mega hugs.

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  7. Interesting facts about puffins. I like them even better now that I know they have some concern for hygiene in the nest. 🙂

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  8. Laughing, love the joke and such a beautiful place and of course the puffins are always wonderful~

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    • It’s hard not to get hooked on the jokes–why do you think I try to add them? Ha ha. The puffins are surreal. Wish we had arrived earlier to enjoy seeing them. 😦 Thanks so much for the visit, Cindy, ❤ ❤

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  9. Tess, thanks for taking us on your trip! Interesting place with scary roads. Liked the facts on puffins. Didn’t know much about them. Have a great weekend! 💛Elizabeth

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    • I knew NOTHING about puffins. Am amazed about them, not only their appearance, but also their habits. Who knew? Not I? Wonderful information and I do love sharing. ❤ Thanks so much for coming along Elizabeth. So glad for your warm and wonderful company. ❤ ❤

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  10. “If anyone comes to the door and asks for me, tell them I’m off on an adventure” – St John of the Cross. I think there’s more than one of him/her… !

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  11. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    I may not have been able to get to London this year for the ABBAS…Annual Bloggers Bash Awards…due to being committed……to new house projects!! But I have managed, funnily enough to get all the way to Newfoundland to join Tess Karlinski on her weekly tour of this extraordinary place.. sounds like cod with everything… but some fascinating facts about the place and also the inhabitants.. including the cod! Thanks Tess.

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  12. Truck load of croutons haha!

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  13. The coastline could be right her in Devon Tess. The cod made me laugh out loud 🙂

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    • Sorry about the cod. Ha ha. I know. I lived by water–a coastline not as raw as NFL–but have been enraptured / enamored / captivated by water since that beginning. ❤ ❤
      I'm sure many coastlines are sisters /brothers/ cousins. 🙂

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  14. I didn’t know puffins were real. I thought they were in the same categories as dragons and mermaids. You know, stories about an animal grow into a fantasy-type creature. It’s wonderful that they actually exist.

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  15. Just love the Atlantic Cod menu. Great post Tess.jx

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  16. Thank you for that fun tour!

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  17. Beautiful skies, Tess, and the museums look fun. I love the cod displays. 😀 Happy Travels!

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  18. Sounds like the bus ride was a little unnerving! MAMMA!😂

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  19. I am more educated about Puffins. I did not know. I love your dinner descriptions.

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    • Thank you, Colleen. I don’t know when I forgot to take pictures of lunches and dinners. Ugh.
      Puffins have been a mystery to me and I wish we had come at the right season to see them. I always thought they were semi-real somehow.

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  20. Wow, that was quite a ride. Enjoyed learning about the Puffins, and the Legendary Appetite. And the end was a huge LOL. 🙂

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  21. Oh I can see from an enjoyment and photography standpoint why a win for the seats would be worth a celebration!

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  22. Didn’t know that about Cod – you live and learn 😉 And poor old Sammy 😀 😀 I’m enjoying this trip!

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  23. You are travelling and you still manage to blog & read blogs? OMG you are amazing! I love this and I love your Puffin facts.

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  24. I LOVE Puffins. Thanks for all the facts. Windy roads can be unnerving, especially on a bus. Lucky you to get front row seats!!

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    • Puffins are cute in their own way, aren’t they? I had no idea they were real. Duh.
      Even when I travel with someone else’s car, I rather sit in the back because I’m a nervous Nelly on the road now: too much traffic. And in that bus, I thought we’d tip for sure. 😀 😀 😀

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  25. I am a puffin fan, but had no idea about all the unnerving cliff diving.

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  26. Loved the puffin photos. How great that they’re being helped. 🙂

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  27. There is something so bizarre about puffins, like they are nature’s joke on us – they look like someone wanted to design the perfect penguin and dropped the final model, so painted their beak to try and hide the damage. Love the little nonsenses. Thanks for the Fact-o-Puff list – really good

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  28. Loved the Puffin fun facts. Keep traveling the non a government roads.

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  29. Beautiful place despite the bumpy ride. I keep hearing about places where one can go to see puffins. Must make it somewhere, Tess. Love the goofy cods!

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  30. Mother Nature had fun designing those adorable Puffins!

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  31. Fabulous to see you, Robin.
    I.n.d.e.e.d. Mega disappointed we didn’t get to see them as our tour was too late in the season. Still, I never thought they were real but cartoons. What a surprise. 😀

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  32. Love the Puffin photos, especially the ones with their beaks full of fish! Ha! They’re funny little birds — great, stunning points of reds and oranges. And to visit Dungeon P. Park after negotiating those unmarked roads is a bit eerie…

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  33. Thanks so much for the visit and for reading. Glad you enjoyed the Puffins. I wanted so much to see them (live) but we were too late in the season. I’d always thought they were more made-up birds than real. 🙂 ❤

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  34. Looks like a fun trip. Now I want to read up on Puffins! Thanks for sharing, Tess.

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