Thursday, July 21, 2016

Yikes! What do I pack for this?

We are getting ready for a trip to Newfoundland, Canada’s island province to the east.  By the way, the province has been on MJ’s bucket list for several years.  We're combing through our guidebooks now.

 We’ll be doing the spectacular Gros Morne National Park, a world heritage site and a great place for walking and hiking.  Then we’ll head east and north to Iceberg Ally and L’anse aux meadows, a National Historic Site that houses remains of an eleventh century Viking settlement.  Pity those adventurous Europeans arriving on this desolate strip a thousand years ago.  Next we’ll be on to the charming seaside village of Twillingate, followed by a side trip to the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, the last remnant of the French Empire in North America, a mere sixteen miles from Newfoundland.  We’ll finish up in St. John’s a city that is always lively.

 We can't wait for our busy two weeks.  The issue is what to pack. 

So far I have my new “light” hikers on sale at 60 % off (still to be broken in) and heavy socks for the trails of Gros Morne.

 I think I’ll bring a good supply of ‘blister-fixers’ too. 

Then maybe light down jacket, hat and gloves in case it’s nippy in Iceberg Alley (although the icebergs will probably be gone in August) or on our boat trip in Gros Morne,  casual jeans and sandals for wandering around the charming fishing villages on the coast. We'll need waterproof jackets and warm fleeces, but also shorts and light tops. That won’t leave much room for anything to get dressed up in, but there will be a lightweight and wrinkleproof scarf and earrings for going out to dinner in St. John’s, where the food is fabulous and the city is lively and entertaining.

And of course, a couple of guidebooks. We love the one above!

We can’t forget our passports and we'll have to arrange for some euros for food and transportation on St. Pierre and Miquelon!  After all we’ll be in Europe and our dollar’s no good there.

Don’t worry, I won’t leave my books at home.  I also won’t forget to take some pictures to share. As you can imagine, I’ll talk about this trip afterwards too! 

Here are a couple of questions for you:  What places are on your bucket list? Or are there any?  Is there anything else you think we should bring? I hope our comment system is working today, but if not, and if you’re on Facebook, you can let us know there.

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