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The Next Big Trip

With Alaska under my belt (and Hawaii by the end of the year) I thought I’d start a record of potential future road trips. On my list of relatively closer and shorter road trips are:

New Hampshire  РThe Kancamagus Highway (Fall)
Rhode Island – Ocean Drive, Newport
Carolinas and Virginia -  The Blue Ridge Parkway

On my list of farther away places are:

Alaska – The Seward Highway
British Columbia – Glacier Highway
California – Sonoma and Nappa Valley
Utah – Route 12 Scenic Byway
Minnesota – North Shore Drive
Montana and Wyoming – The Beartooth Highway
Montana and Idaho – Lemhi Pass
Montana – Going to the Sun Road

These are just some routes jotted down from my notes, excluding a trip back to the Pacific Coast I’d like to take through the California Redwoods up to Olympic National Park in Washington State.

But in recent months Nova Scotia and Newfoundland have started to intrigue me. If you look at a map of where I’ve traveled, this is an area of the continent that I have little or no tracks made:

I’ve been reading up on how Newfoundland and Labrador where actually discovered by Leif Ericson before Columbus discovered North America. It turns out that there is an archaeological site on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland called L’Anse aux Meadows. It was discovered recently, in 1960, and is the only known Norse settlement in North America. Scientific study shows that it predates Columbus’s discovery of North America in what is now the Bahamas.

I’m not sure what to expect driving up through this area. It could be like a lot of my Eastern US road trips, green and beautiful but rather redundant after awhile. But this trip is something that will rank high on my Road Trip To Do list. It’s only 900 miles to Halifax, Nova Scotia, while it’s almost double to Newfoundland and Labrador. Round trip we’re looking at about 3,800 miles, and there are ferries from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland, and another back to the mainland.

I think this would could be a very interesting road trip. Something to think about…

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