Virtual Travel – Atlantic Provinces

Just because we are done with the States doesn’t mean we are done with the virtual travel. It’s off to Canada, where we will travel east to west, starting with the Atlantic Provinces.

With just over 2 million people in the size of California, it is sparsely populated, but full of adventure.

 

Newfoundland & Labrador

2016 09 05 18 Across Newfoundland

 

Newfoundland was the home of the first European landing in the Western Hemisphere when the Vikings arrived around the year 1000, 500 years before Columbus. Today it is paired with Labrador to make up the province.

Cape Spear is the easternmost point of North America. The cliffs overlooking the ocean were used as a fort during World War II, with many remnants still onsite.

There has been a lighthouse on this point since 1836, with this one dating from 1955.

 

 

St John’s is the largest city and capital of the province, with a metro population of around 200,000. It is situated on a naturally protected bay.

2016 09 05 87 St Johns NL Signal Hill

 

 

St John’s is known for brightly painted homes, known as Jellybean Houses. The legend is they were painted that way so fishermen could see them in the fog, but in reality it was a marketing campaign from the 1970s that lead to the expansion of the style.

2016 09 05 71 St Johns NL

 

 

The Quidi Vidi neighborhood is a traditional fishing village that has had some gentrification and is a popular tourist and party spot.

2016 09 05 74 St Johns NL

 

 

In my travels around the world I have been to a number of unusually named places, but this town, named for the long thin pin that goes through the hole on the side of a row boat to hold the oar on, attracts the most attention.

Jimmy Kimmel has featured this town on his show, and has paid for a ‘Hollywood’ type ‘Dildo’ sign to be erected on a hillside.

 

 

Gander is a small Newfoundland town that for many years was the stopping off point for international flights between Europe and the United States. By the 1960s the airplanes had sufficient range to make the trip non stop, and Gander Airport was largely abandoned.

The unused international arrival hall is a time warp to 1960, in pristine condition.

On 9-11 all the flights were grounded, with 38 large aircraft unexpectedly arriving, leaving 6,000 passengers and crew stranded in a town of 10,000. The response of the townspeople was amazing, and remains a legend to this day. They housed and fed all those unexpected visitors for a couple of days until they were able to travel to their destinations.

2016 09 06 27 Gander NL

 

 

Gros Morne National Park is where the Appalachian Mountains reach the Atlantic Ocean. It is a spectacular place with widely diverse landscapes.

2016 09 07 60 Gros Morne National Park NL

 

 

The town of Port Aux Basques is one of the two ferry terminals to the mainland in Newfoundland.

The town has always been a gateway to the province. It was also the destination for the first Trans-Atlantic cable.

 

2016 09 07 124 Port Aux Basques NL

 

 

The ferries are some of the largest in North America, with one having a capacity of 600 automobiles, although most trips have a significant number of semis.

It is a floating parking garage.

2016 09 04 53 Ferry to Newfoundland

 

 

 

 

Nova Scotia

Latin for New Scotland, Nova Scotia has an extensive Atlantic coastline.

 

2016 09 04 6 Drive Through Nova Scotia

 

 

The Nova Scotia countryside is scenic, with many lakes and hills.

 

 

The town of Truro had streets limed with elm trees, but they were killed in the Dutch Elm disease that impacted much of the eastern continent.

Truro has turned 43 of those trees into sculptures.

2016 09 08 4 Truro NS

 

 

Halifax is Nova Scotia’s largest city. It is the largest city in the Atlantic Provinces.

It was settled in the mid 1700s.  (photos from Wikipedia)

Clockwise from top: Downtown Halifax skyline, Crystal Crescent Beach, Central Library, Sullivan's Pond, Peggy's Cove, Macdonald Bridge

 

 

 

 

New Brunswick

New Brunswick borders Maine for hundreds of miles, sharing a similar culture.

 

 

2016 09 03 17

 

 

 

Saint John is one of the 3 larger towns in the province, although none are very large.

Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site offer a nice overview of the city.

 

 

The Fundy Coast is very scenic, looking more like the Pacific Coast than the Atlantic.

2016 09 03 52 Fundy Trail NB

 

 

The Bay of Fundy has some of the highest tides in the world, going up and down more than 40′ most days. Low tide allows you to walk around on the sea floor, before making the quick trip back up the stairs before it comes back in .

The tides also leave some rivers dry for periods of each day. In Moncton this tidall bore results in a wave twice a day large enough for surfers to ride it for miles.

2016 09 03 98 Hopewell Rocks NB

 

 

Fredericton is the Provincial Capital.

2016 09 08 39 Fredricton NB

At almost 1300′ long, the Hartland Covered Bridge is the longest in the world. Driving through it feels like you are in a wooden tunnel.

2016 09 09 4 Hartland NB

The Grand Falls is a 75′ drop on the Saint John River in the town of Grand Falls. The day we were there most of the water was shut off.

2016 09 09 14 Grand Falls NB

 

 

 

 

Prince Edward Island

The smallest province by area and population (the 3 Canadian ‘territories’ have lower populations), PEI was for many years separated from the mainland, reached only by a ferry.

That all changed in 1997 when the 8 mile long Confederation Bridge was completed.

The island’s largest industry is tourism.

 

(photos from CNN.com)

Confederation Bridge | The Canadian Encyclopedia

19. PEI confederation bridge.

 

15. PEI Cavendish beach

5. PEI Thunder Cove

 

 

 

Tomorrow – Quebec!

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Travel – Washington

Time to visit the beautiful state of Washington.

2016 06 02 106 Oregon Coast.jpg

 

 

History

1957     1958     2004       2006

 

 

State Capital – Olympia. The building is another traditional style set in the small town of Olympia. While it might seem strange that this small city is the capital when Seattle is just 60 miles away, in the early days of the European settlement Olympia was the most important towns, becoming the territorial capital.

WACapitolLegislativeBldg.jpg

 

State Symbol

State Tall Ship – Lady Washington

 

Boeing has a long history in the state, having been founded in Seattle in 1916. The factory in Everett is the largest building in the world by volume, but when you are inside it doesn’t feel that way because of separations. ( 2 photos below from Wikipedia)

Boeing Everett Plant.jpg

 

 

Harold LeMay, a Tacoma refuse company owner, had one of the largest collections of cars when he died in 2000. His collection is displayed in 2 very different museum.

 

 

 

 

Seattle

1975     1978     1982

 

 

Seattle is a beautiful city that has been booming over the last couple of decades.

2017 09 13 293 Seattle

 

 

It is the cultural center of the Northwest.

 

 

The Chihuly Museum has the best art that he has ever created.

 

 

Next door is the Museum of Pop, with an eclectic collection.

 

 

 

 

Mountains

Mt Rainier 1959     1965     1967     1998     Cascades 1970     2003     2006

 

 

Olympic National Park has two major sections, the mountains above Port Angeles, and a rain forest closer to the Pacific Ocean.

The day we chose to go to Hurricane Ridge was a fantastic, sunny day, with views forever.

2017 09 11 68 Olympic National Park WA.jpg

 

Mount Rainier is the postcard of the state. (photo from internet)

Special Offers & Packages | Mt. Rainier National Park Lodging

 

 

With the mountains and abundant rain amazing waterfalls are found throughout the Cascades. (photos from internet)

15 Amazing Waterfalls in Washington - The Crazy Tourist

The Best Waterfall Hikes Near Seattle | Fitt Seattle

 

 

 

Oceans and Rivers

1992- Puget Sound – Lopez Island – Shaw Reef     1994 – Columbia River Gorge     2000 – Sagebrush & Phlox in Columbia River Valley     2002 – Olympic Peninsula     2008 – Skagit Valley Tulips

 

 

The Puget Sound is one of the economic and recreation centers of the state.

 

 

The Pacific Coast is rugged and fairly unpopulated. (photos from internet, but I wish I was there for the bottom one).

The Pacific Coast in Washington State -

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Travel – Virginia

Today’s visit is Virginia, starting in the Washington DC Suburbs.

2016 11 05 148 Arlington VA

 

History

1962     1972 – State Capitol     1975 – Houdon Statue of Washington in the Virgnia Captiol     1977 – St Johns Church Richmond     1981 – Yorktown Battlefield     1982 – Stratford Hall  Plantation Westmoreland County Robert E Lee Birthplace     1984 – Monticello     1988/1989     1990/1991 – Appamattox Court House     1998 – Mount Vernon     2000

 

The Virginia State Capitol dates from the 1780s, housing the Virginia General Assembly. This group is known as the oldest elected legislative body in North America, having been founded as the House of Burgesses in 1619. (Photo from Wikipedia)

Virginia State Capitol - BCWH

 

State Symbol

State Spirit – George Washington Rye Whiskey.  George was a whiskey producer, and this product is in tribute to that.

 

 

Jamestown – The first permanent English settlement in the New World.

2016 11 08 92 Jamestown VA

 

 

Antietam Battlefield – The Battle of Antietam is one of the costliest day in American history, with over 22,000 dead and wounded in the battle.

 

 

Roads & Bridges

1954     1958 – Hampton Bridge and Tunnel     1964     1965     1966     1967     1970     1973 – Interstate 64     1992

 

 

Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnels. The area around Norfolk has numerous bridges and tunnels, including the 23 mile long Bay Bridge and Tunnels.

 

 

Udvar Hazy Air Museum. The National Air and Space Museum at Dulles International Airport in suburban Washington DC.

 

 

 

Oceans

1980 – Norfolk     1986- Sailing ship The Godspeed     1994 – Assateague Island Lighthouse     2004 – Eastern Shore     2006 – Jamestown Settlement ship Susan Constant     2012 – Virginia Beach     2016 – Chesapeake Bay – Tangier Island

 

 

Assateague Island & Lighthouse. This island is shared with Maryland, and contains wilderness area and the feral horses.

2016 11 07 148 Chincoteague VA

 

 

 

 

Mountains

1978 – Mabry Mill     1992 – Bicycling     1996 – Grayson Highlands State Park     2008 – Mountains Ravens Roost Overlook blue Ridge Parkway Nelson County     2010 – Blue Ridge Parkway  Crabtree Falls      2014 – Virginia Forestry 100th anniversary. Swinging Bridge Willis River Trail – Cumberland National Forest

 

 

The Skyline Drive was one of the earliest scenic parkways completed in the United States. It opened in 1935, and runs for 105 miles along the mountains in western Virginia.

 

Mary's Rock Tunnel on Skyline Drive Shenandoah National Pa… | Flickr

 

 

Virtual Travel – Texas

Texas!

2015 09 22 35 Amarillo TX

 

Texas is a big state with a great variety of places for photography, therefore this is a LONG posting.

 

 

 

 

Texas Culture

1952     1958     1991     2007     2009     2011     2012     2016

 

 

Austin – State Capital

2009 08 27 63 Austin

 

The Texas State Capitol dates from 1885. The land it is on was acquired in a barter deal, 3 million acres of Texas Panhandle for this land!

Texas shows it’s Tex-Mex history in the state foods…

State Pastries – two – Strudel & Sopiapilla

Apple strudel     

 

State Small Mammal – Armadillo

 

 

 

The city of Austin is proud of it’s motto – Keep Austin Weird.

With the music scene, including a statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Congress Street bats it is a great place to be.

 

 

 

Prairies

1949     1969     1972     2013     2014

 

Roads & Bridges

1954     1964     1974     1975     1977     1978    1983     1987

 

I have more Texas Official Highway Maps than any other state. So many this section has combined the Prairies with the Highways which is appropriate because it features Amarillo and Route 66

 

Amarillo

You are half way there – IF you are going from Chicago to Los Angeles, or vice versa.

 

 

The legendary Cadillac Ranch. For more than 40 years people have been spray painting these cars. The good folks of Amarillo liked the planted Cadillacs they have expanded (in different parts of town) to VW Beetles and Combines.

 

 

Mountains

1953     1959     1970     1993     2017

 

 

Terlingua  – The ‘ghost town’ of Terlingua is a former mining town, but is not vacant, as it is a destination for tourist from Big Bend National Park.

Once a year they hold the world’s largest chili cook-off.

 

 

Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park. These two parks cover much of the Rio Grande Valley of West Texas. Their natural scenery is stunning.

A plus is being able to take a row boat across the river to Mexico for lunch in Bouillas.

 

 

Marathon – Gage Hotel   We had the good fortune of spending the night in this crossroads town on the way to Big Bend. The Gage Hotel is a historic property that attracts people just for the atmosphere and food.

 

 

Langtry – Made famous by Judge Roy Bean and his Law West of the Pecos, and even more famous when Paul Newman starred in a movie of the same name. The town is pretty much vacant, but the area is scenic.

Nearby is Seminole Canyon State Historic Park. This park holds significant cave art.

 

 

 

Cities & Beaches

1961     1968     2015     2019