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Best Friends (7323 views) This is a picture of Cara Hodder of Lewisporte who has been taking riding lessons since she was three with a special horse named Cinnamon! Ask her what she is going to be when she grows up and the answer is "I'm gonna be a cowgirl of course!"
September 2013...I once again visited Atlantic Canada. This time I brought my 1 year old Keeshond, Archie, and a couple of 2-legged friends with me. The Keeshond is a relatively unknown breed of dog originally from Holland where they lived on the ... click to read moreSeptember 2013...I once again visited Atlantic Canada. This time I brought my 1 year old Keeshond, Archie, and a couple of 2-legged friends with me. The Keeshond is a relatively unknown breed of dog originally from Holland where they lived on the barges in the canals. They have a glorious double coat that waves in the wind and are well-known for their love of people especially children.
Travelling with dog (but without camper) has its drawbacks but it also offers many more adventures. To say that Archie was the celebrity of the vacation is putting it mildly! The people we met, the places we saw, everything was enhanced because of his presence and friendliness.
Along the way, we raced a hurricane to Newfoundland; discovered that when the TransCanada Hwy is closed you can’t get to St. John’s; and met myriads of folks from all over the world who had come to visit this magnificent place. We met up with old friends and made new ones.
We visited lighthouses and toured towns with quaint names and friendly people. We climbed ancient rocks and admired glorious scenery each in our own way...the humans with cameras and Archie with his nose. This is truly a magnificent country. We did more walking and hiking and chatting on this trip than on any other I have ever taken to the Atlantic Provinces...all because we were “restricted” by having a dog with us.
Archie loved the ocean and tried to jump in it every chance he got. He loved the trails and wind and sunshine.
One morning we headed out from Port-aux-Basques to see Rose Blanche Lighthouse. We passed the tiny fishing villages of Margaree (separated from its neighbour Fox Roost by only a church and a community centre), Diamond Cove (its harbour sparkles like its name), Isle aux Morts (population 813 & VERY important to this story!) and a beautiful waterfall and after a short drive arrive at the lighthouse.
Rose Blanche Lighthouse was built by local workers in 1871 from granite from a nearby quarry and it operated from 1873 to the 1940’s. Then it was abandoned and fell into ruin. In 1999, the lighthouse was re-constructed and furnished with 19th century reproduced furniture and local antiques. The light on display now was a gift from the Canadian Coast Guard. It is a 6th order Fresnel lens and is believed to be one of only 27 in existence. The lighthouse was designated on September 7th, 2002 as a Registered Heritage Structure, the first lighthouse in Newfoundland and Labrador to be given this honour.
Now none of this was important to Archie....being a dog, all he wanted to do was to run and sniff and explore. So up the gravel pathway we go.... And what do we see?? Down the path are coming KIDS...lots of them!!! They are on a school trip from their school in Isle aux Morts. We met them all and had a wonderful time.
After that we went back to the motel for lunch before our next side trip. I was chatting with the housekeeper, Lori Ann, about our trip to Rose Blanche and it turned out that Lori Ann’s kids were on that trip. The next day as we were leaving, she told Mom how her kids couldn’t stop talking about their new friend Archie.
The best memories are the unexpected ones! I know the kids, their parents and the school would love to read how their surprise visit made for the best memory for all of us on this trip to Newfoundland.
The Grinch got nothing on Chance the Boston Terrier. Trying to get her into the Christmas spirit with her Santa suit and she wasn't to pleased. Taking her picture wasn't the easiet either. But I love her.