Lo­rilee Dun­das

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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.

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