After leaving beautiful St. John's we drove to Botwood where we found the nicest campground so far. Nice, big sites with trees offering shade and privacy from the sites left and right. A creek is running the property and we were told that, when the water level is right, one can find and catch salmon right there. The owners are very nice and they told us that they bought the place 5 years ago when it was somewhat run down and have been working on upgrading it every summer since. And they do a great job. We can only recommend Shanawdithit Campground and RV Park.
Anyways, the campground wasn't the reason for our stop in Botwood. We came here to see if our friends were back from P.E.I. On the way to St. John's we had called them because we wanted to go say hi to them. They have moved to Newfoundland after they retired and bought a nice house 44 km north of Botwood. But they were just leaving for a vacation themselves and so we hoped to catch them on the way back towards Port-aux-Basques. So we called them an got the answering machine. André left a message mentioning that we were in Botwood and wouldn't you know it, the next morning the owner of the campground came by our fifth wheel with a message from them. They had figured out what campground we must be at and called there. So we actually got a chance to go see them and spend the afternoon at their place. We had only planned to go for a short visit but ended up being invited for BBQ in the evening. We had a really nice time with them and the next morning they came by our fifth wheel on the way to do their shopping in Gander. Thanks so much, guys, it was great seeing you!
We then drove on to Corner Brook. Our plan was, to make reservations for the ferry to Nova Scotia probably for Monday or Tuesday but we found out that the ferry is not running for a few days due to technical problems. So we have to wait for a ride until next Thursday. This really is no problem. We don't have a schedule and will enjoy our stay here: 3 nights in Corner Brook then 3 more close to Port-aux-Basques. Meantime we have a chance to do some housekeeping (laundry, cleaning, writing blogs etc.) and just relax.
When we arrived in Corner Brook it was pouring and by the time we had set up we were both drenched and wet to the bone. So the laundry and some shopping actually got done the same day. There was no sense in keeping our wet clothes around and one thing got crossed off the list right away. There simply are no bad days. If one looks for the positive in any situation, one will find it!