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June 1st

First thing at breakfast Melinda informed me that the boat would be leaving on a viewing tour at 10 am. Wonderful! I looked down the road and saw the tour office just a few yards away so there was no way Iíd get lost on my way to the pier. Iím here to tick off another item on my bucket list. Iím here to see ICEBERGS! You know the ones that travel down from Greenland. The same sort that sank the Titanic 100 years ago! I couldnít be happy seeing the ones in Alaska which drop off into the ocean right in front of eager tourists. Nope, I wanted to see the ones that had some milage under their belt. On the way in to Twillingate which is in Iceberg Alley Iíd kept my eyes peeled anytime there was salt water in sight and didnít see so much as a growler. So I happily drive down to the Twillingate Adventure Tour office and cafe, pay my fare and go check out the boat which is massive compared to what I was in when I went whale watching out of Tofino. I guess I donít need gumboots after all. Perry, the captain is watching the fog and grumbling. Itís decided to wait until 11 and nothing looks better so the departure is delayed until 1300. Instead of leaving and looking for things to occupy me until then I stay put and get to know Ashley Fudge, the cook, Sharon and Vanessa a bit better. Thatís until some men come by for lunch. Theyíre served plates of what looks like heaps of mashed potatoes sans gravy but actually is Fishermanís Brewis [pronounced bruise]. A mixture of cod fish, softened hard tack biscuits and what are described as bacon grubbies. It looks gawdawful but Iím told itís delicious. I chose a moose burger later which is far more familiar fare for me.

One oíclock rolls around and itís a go! Iím introduced to Kim Young who is Perryís sister and she doesnít waste any time giving us the low-down on whatís what in Twillingate. Kim went to sea fishing with her dad Gus when women didnít do that sort of thing. Her dad was a mover and shaker in the fishing business in town so Kim knew she had to pull her weight and she did. She was a girlie-girl when she was young but that didnít faze her a bit when it came to doing what she wanted to do. Kim knows just about everything and anything from potluck to politics and gives us the low-down in a way that is engaging. For instance - a Tickle is a body of water between two pieces of land that you can drive a boat through. The Tickle is usually named for the outside land mass. Iíd heard about tickles and knew they were only found in this province but didnít know what they were. Thanks to Kim Young Iím better educated. Another stunning bit of news was that it takes icebergs two to three years to arrive from Greenland. Also the gorgeous blue slashes on an iceberg reveal where their water mark had been before they flipped. I learn iceberg cubes melt slower than everyday ice because theyíre denser and they really arenít white but clear and clouded with bubbles.

Then Perry tells us thereís an iceberg on his radar and heís heading towards it. My excitement wells up as my anticipation antenna begin vibrating. Then it comes into view and itís breathtaking. It has a wide blue slash across it which runs into a fold on the other peak of the berg. We circle around it and each view shows another element of delight. It may be windy and cold outside but I donít notice. Iím too busy being enraptured. I notice Kim is as excited as I am and she tells me she never tires of seeing them and each one is unique but this one is a real beauty. I canít help but agree and I think about how lucky I am to travel all this way and hit the jackpot the first day in the place I chose to fulfill a hankering. Seems to me Iím often falling into clover or perhaps the thorns donít bother me much because itís part and parcel of going the distance. We head back for shore and a couple of passengers begin to suffer from the sea and the first person who notices theyíre queasy is Kim Young who behaves like a perfect host and does everything she can to put them at ease. Back in the cafe Kim sits with her mom and aunt and her conversation is all about the town and what would be best for business. Itís then I discover they own the Inn Iím staying at too. Theyíve invested heavily in their town and care a great deal about itís survival. After devouring my moose burger I head back to the Inn to bask in the memorable moments of my day.

*Photo on my Facebook page*

June 2nd was pretty much a throw-a-way day due to personal issues I needed to deal with which really don't have much to do with traveling but I must make the observation that being a Canadian and needing a doctor away from home is amazingly uncomplicated. Waiting was required so I just took in a few local sights like the Long Point Lighthouse.

"Tigers bloom where there's oodles of room." Zodiac Zoo

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The following comments are for "Travelogue June 1st & 2nd"
by Pen

Pen's Excellent Adventure.
Now why was I not surprised that lazing on a sun drenched beach in Paris or the Carribean wasn't your cop of tea Pen...cruising down the ocean, hoping to collide (or not) with an Iceberg was your idea of a perfect vacation!!!

Me...I would be quaking in my boots and down on my knees PRAYING I wouldn't encounter one...shows ya, to each his own!!

Waiting for the next installment~


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: June 4, 2012 )

Don't want to leave
With the weather being inclement all around and further it seems logical to stay put when I'm being made to feel like ... well .. it sounds so clichέ and it's better than that.
Viewing icebergs isn't so scary but it's super chilly. I was told tonight that the boat hasn't been out since the day I got lucky.
Thanks for letting me know you dropped by Bea.

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: June 4, 2012 )

moose burgers
I was hoping to keep up with your posts as they show up on the main page. But, alas, I've been detained by less important matters.

Never tried a moose burger, being a SoCal resident and all, but I am always willing to try new things. Once tried eel and couldn't get the awful taste outta my mouth for two days after. Never made that mistake again. But I'm sure moose is tastier.

Sounds like you're having fun, doctor trip aside. Will keep reading...honest injun.

(That's so un-PC, innit?)

( Posted by: toscano [Member] On: June 15, 2012 )

moose burgers
Hey thanks for reading ,,, whenever works for me! Moose burgers taste somewhat like beef but leaner. Less of a gamey taste than lamb. I like the smoked eel in sushi but never have tried the jellied eel they sold at Fortnam & Masons in London. Saw it on display and it looked hideous.
It may have escaped your attention because you might not know ... Newfoundlanders are commonly referred to as "Newfies". There are many signs advertising Newfie this and Newfie that but I don't use the slang because I never have. Same as "Frenchie" which I've seen used in Quebec, New Brunswick & Nova Scotia ... just not something I do ... I don't rush to defend Newfoundlanders when I hear Newfie used ... I figure if they can freely toss about that slang on public signs and in conversation it's pretty much permitted ...
I've given up on trying to keep track with what natives want to be called so I stick with what was okay when I was being educated in PC. Same thing about blacks - I figure if people want to take offense ... they'll find something to get their knickers in a twist about. It's like that 'bitch' word that seems to get more and more acceptable or calling someone - male or female .... oh ... never mind ... it will get me into places I don't want to be.
Hope you keep reading. There's only one more installment to go before this quest is put to rest.

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: June 15, 2012 )

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