From May 16 to May 30, 2017 Myrtle Christensen and her cousins, Dorothy Stone and Carol and Ron Urch visited Newfoundland from east to west. This trip had been on their agendas for several years and finally came to fruition.
They arrived in St. Johns early morning May 17. Here they stayed for several days exploring downtown St. Johns and area. Their travels then took them around the south eastern part of the Avalon Peninsula and the northern part between Conception Bay and Trinity Bay.
Before continuing west, they travelled north around the Bonavista Peninsula coming back to Clarenville for the night. Their next stop was Gander and the Airport there where they saw the piece of steel from the Twin Towers given to the people of Gander after 9/11.
The weather was cold, wet and windy when they went north to Twillingate hence they omitted the excursion to Fogo Island. Following the Trans-Canada west they stayed at Grand Falls-Windsor and Springdale before making their way to Deer Lake.
Then they drove through “Gros Morne National Park” and on up the west coast of the Northern Peninsula to “L’Anse aux Meadows” and St. Anthony. They did visit the Viking Site where it had snowed and was cold. However, they were permitted a visit inside the sod houses that are advertised on TV.
As there is no road down the east side of the Peninsula they returned along the west coast and through ”Gros Morne National Park”, this time without fog. On their second last night they found an English Inn in Corner Brook; “Glynmill Inn”. On the last day they drove to “Lark Harbour” on the west coast off the “Bay of Islands”. Then back to Deer Lake May 29, before flying home on May 30, 2017.
They had stayed in many interesting and pleasant Inns and Bed and Breakfast places and visited much of what is particular to Newfoundland finding the people friendly, helpful and interesting. Christensen Family Campout and Trail Ride
Between June 23 and 25 the Christensen’s and some friends gathered at the Dam for their 22nd annual trail ride. The event began on June 20 when the three sisters; Myrtle, Diane and Marion arrived to set up camp and spend time with the relatives living closeby. Lyle was there to help them park their units and plan the parking for those who would arrive throughout the weekend.
By Saturday all had gathered from north, south and west. A nephew, Clifford Tufty and his family came from South Cooking Lake. Glenn Carlson, Vernita and two great-grandsons came Thursday with a couple of horses from Bluffton, AB.
All others bringing horses came on Friday but others continued to join the family throughout the weekend.
Our first ride in 1996 included seven siblings and many of their children. Now first, second, third and fourth generation members are taking in the event. Some of the children are already making plans for next year. Many of the 14 horses were used between the big rides to take the children for rides. The little boat was an attraction for some when the water was quiet.
On Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon between 12 and 13 riders rode in the Wintering Hills enjoying the scenery, fresh air and the plain joy of doing this on horseback. The weather and conditions were perfect for these rides. The new recruits to the ride managed very well as did the older members.
Everyone enjoyed the visits and time with family. There were potluck suppers Friday and Saturday with as many as forty plus people participating. It may be noted that Glenn was busy making his stew and desserts over the coals in his campfire dutch oven in a stone fireplace constructed from sandstone rocks. All had a sample.
There was the usual planned breakfast on Sunday morning which the men prepared with a little help. Myrtle prepared the coffee made the cowboy way. This year Glenn and Jennifer made their egg scramble with a little wild mushrooms thrown in to add to the taste. The weather co-operated well with all the meal times. Everyone knew the routine and contributed fruit and other items.
Glad for those friends and family members who came to take part and helped to make it the great time that it was. Some great pictures were taken for the album.
This is my last write up for the month of July so please send your news for August to Kay Fraser.
The hot weather has really brought the crops along and harvest should be starting early this year.
The town has been very quiet with many going on holidays except for the construction of the new water line on 2nd Ave.