After two days in the Straits hawking Them Days wares at the craft fair, it was time to leave. Our visit was too short, but, alas, that’s what’s got to be done when you need to go back to work. I mean, I could have stayed longer if I were interviewing people, but Morgon had to be back at work, so we left L’Anse-au-Loup around supper time. We didn’t want to do another 10 hours or so of
strait (oh gosh, that was an appropriate typo!) straight driving, so we broke it up into two legs.
Last time we drove through the other communities in the Straits, it was dark out because it was late at night, so it was nice to see them in the daytime.
Welcome to Capstan Island! There's a more official-looking road sign too, but I like this one much, much more!
On the road to Red Bay. How Pretty!
Just before you get to Red Bay (I think). Starting to get into what I call 'Moon territory' here! That's a flock of birds in the distance, not dirt on the window, by the way.
Speaking of the Moon...
We stopped for a quick bite to eat at a convenience store in Red Bay, then headed back onto the gravel. We ended up staying in Port Hope Simpson for the night and then driving to Goose Bay in the morning. Again, I felt like the road would never end! We kept thinking “oh, we’re almost in town now!” and then the end would be nowhere in sight. It would be nice if there was some more signage on the road that let you know the distances once in awhile.
It would also be nice if people slowed down on that road! We were passed by so many vehicles that were practically flying down the road (and the gravel was literally flying). It would be nice if people could slow down a little and move a little to the side when coming upon another vehicle on the road. There were a few times when I think my heart skipped a beat.
Anyway, on a more pleasant topic, I was so glad to have met so many of our retailers! Because the magazine came out only the week before the fair, I decided to hand-deliever the magazines and calendars to the retailers on the South Coast and in the Straits. We really do have great retailers. I wish I saw them more often!
P & M Variety - where Them Days is sold in L'Anse au Clair! (Also, you can tan, buy fireworks and ice-cream while you're there too.)
Normore Enterprises, where Them Days is sold in L'Anse-au-Loup
Looking back at P & K Enterprises (and a pie from Dot's Bakery in L'Anse-au-Loup), where Them Days is sold in Port Hope Simpson!
And – I can’t believe I did this – even though I did stop in at three other retailers, I didn’t get a picture! So if you’d like to patronize a Them Days retailer, please stop in at BNL Enterprises in Red Bay, Mona’s Place in Lodge Bay (I do have an excuse for not getting a photo – it was dark both times we stopped in!), or B. W. Powell Ltd. in Charlottetown. Also, Brenda’s Cash & Carry in St. Lewis just recently started selling Them Days, so please stop in there as well if you’re in town! Unfortunately I didn’t have time to stop in at Brenda’s because of the way our schedule worked out. Next time!
All in all, it was a really great trip. It was a little rushed, so if we had had a couple extra days, I think it would be perfect. In order to really enjoy a drive around the south coast and straits, you’ve got to spend some time down there, visiting each community. If you’re coming from away, don’t assume you can drive right through – take some time and visit each place! You won’t regret it.