The ‘Ghost Town’ of spring and summer
CODROY VALLEY, NL – The popular conversation heard at one of the local grocery stores on a Friday afternoon – question: “How’s it going; getting a few things for the weekend?” Response: “Yes sir. Off to the valley now to the cabin for a fire, a few tunes and some relaxation. It doesn’t get any better than that for the weekend!”
The start of the “exodus” of sorts to various parts of the beautiful Codroy Valley has been a long-standing routine for many families from the Port aux Basques area and surrounding communities down the coast. It’s their getaway from the “rat race,” to unwind and take advantage of the typically better weather than they would get at home.
But why would one make it an every-weekend thing, away from the many comforts of home and often to battle the flies and the flankers? Different responses exist depending on who you talk to. And it doesn’t really matter if it’s at a cabin or cottage, in a travel trailer or fifth wheel, or perhaps in a tent or a “man camp” back in the woods. It’s about being in the outdoors, enjoying the natural surroundings, and doing what most would not normally do when they are at home during this time of year.
Whether it’s gathering together with family and friends, the camaraderie and socialization amongst peers on their ATVs or side by sides, or being able to, as a kid, open the door in the morning and play and hang out all day long until its time to come in (or get something to eat), it doesn’t really matter.
These are all examples of the appeal of packing up at the end of the work week, leaving the workplace, summer sports program, swim lessons, soccer practices and softball games behind, and heading out to enjoy an experience where memories like no other are created, if only for a weekend, until it’s time to do it all over again in a week’s time.
Some say it doesn’t get any better than that!
One of the many green spaces/multipurpose areas to enjoy playing and being active in Port aux Basques frequently sits vacant during the summertime. Even the usual business of the Bruce II Sports Centre (seen in the background) was at a standstill from...