We drove up a rough coastal road with gorgeous scenery
to a nice town owned and run campground called Outside Pond.
Unfortunately I couldn’t get into our site. There was insufficient
turning space to back into the it. Fortunately the Campground
staff allowed us to go into an overflow with water and 20
amp service not that our assigned site had more. We set up and
walked down the hill to get on their internet as we had no other
internet or phone service.
Internet was slow so although I was able to make one web phone
call we stopped using it and went for a walk around the pond,
stopping along the way to talk to the local couple who ran
Brenda's Chip Wagon.
On Friday July 27,2018 we drove back South to the Hearts
Content Cable Station. Unknowingly we had planned or visit on
the 168 Anniversary of the Transatlantic Cable coming ashore
in 1858. Talk about a game changer the Transatlantic Cable
actually changed the world. Instead of messages from Europe
taking weeks to cross by boat it only took minutes to send an
Code signal. The Station was originally run by hydro
electricity. Water high on the hill overlooking town was
piped down through turbines. Water coming out the bottom
was provided to the people in town through 6 hydrants.
Prior to that the town had no fresh water.
As you can see this is the only drinking water hydrant
left, water flows out all the time.
In 1965 the Western Union Company locked the door, gave
the key to the Provincial Government leaving all the equipment
intact and walked away. With amazing foresight the Provincial
Government planned to make it into a museum and today it is
the only remaining intact Cable Station in the world.
After our tour and some anniversary
refreshments we drove back to Winterton to visit the
Wooden Boat Museum where they are keeping wooden boat
tour of the museum we returned to the campground and
discovered we had three new neighbors in overflow. For
a short while I thought we would be blocked but it
That evening we walked down to the Brenda's Chip Wagon
and had dinner of fried Cod, French fries and poutine.
Poutine is actually French fries , cheese curds and
gravy. Brenda is a recently retired Lab Tech in her
first year as an entrepreneur. Since the sun had
come out by then we ate at table next to the shack and
then returned to our trailer the long way around the
pond. It's a shame Winterton is so far away because I
don't think I have ever had better fried fish. The next
morning we drove to Pippy Park Campground in St Johns.