"The King of Broadway" wonders Why?

Trip Start Jul 22, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Cabot Cabins RV Park

Flag of Canada  , Newfoundland and Labrador,
Friday, September 4, 2009

I get up this morning and then make my first stop the North Atlantic Aviation Museum in Gander. An hour there reading about Gander and its role in the history of transatlantic flight.

It's a short, relatively, 3.5 hour drive to Saint John’s. A couple of hours into the drive and I stop at a visitor centre near Clarenville. After a week of no iPhone signal, the phone starts beeping with downloaded messages. It reminds me that I should phone the campground near St. John’s that I planned to stop at.

Problem #1.

I give them a call to make a reservation and they have no sites available for the weekend. I’ve forgotten that it’s Labour Day on Monday and that school starts on Tuesday. The last of summer holidays. Everybody wants to go camping.

I get out the Newfoundland Travel Guide and phone the other campgrounds in the area. None of them have sites available for tonight. I’m screwed!

I go into the Visitor Centre and ask if they know of other places near St. John’s. Nope, I’ve tried them all.

Plan B.

Yesterday I mentioned that I was told that I HAD to see the town of Trinity. Guess I’ll try that. I’ve passed one of the highways that heads in that direction, but am less than a kilometre away from the alternate highway. The visitor centre staff indicates there’s a campground about a half hour away and 20 minutes from Trinity. They call them and they say they have one site with electricity for tonight but only an unserviced site for tomorrow night.

Problem #2. The batteries in the trailer haven’t been working for a while. Nothing works without them. An unserviced site won’t work. A few weeks back I thought I had fixed the problem...a dirty ground gave a weak connection. But that didn’t last long.

More phone calls to other campgrounds. All full. Guess I’ll take the one near Trinity for tonight with electricity and move to their unserviced site tomorrow. I can take a look at the batteries again once I’m set up and there’s a Canadian Tire in Clarenville if I need to buy a new battery. Then I remember that one of the campgrounds in St. John’s has serviced sites for Sunday and Monday night. I call them and reserve one of those sites and they say they also have an unserviced overflow area if required.

I set up at the campground and check the batteries. Disconnect everything, clean everything, check battery capacity with a tester. I have 2 batteries. The connected battery is fully charged. The other has been disconnected and is only at half capacity. If the connected battery is at full capacity why is there no power to the lights and water pump? Once everything is cleaned and back together I check the capacity gauge in the trailer. It says the battery is at full capacity, not empty as prior to the cleaning. I turn the lights on and run the water pump and the battery gauge stays at full capacity. YEAH!

That done, I head into Trinity. As I’m driving the clouds open up and the rain comes down in buckets. As I approach Trinity the streets are still dry and the rain hasn’t arrived. The initial view of the town is breathtaking as you round a turn. I head to the town museum. As I walk into the museum the clouds open up there. Guess I won’t be taking many pictures of this scenic village.

There are a half dozen historic buildings you can view with the one admission that I paid at the museum. I have about an hour and a half before they close. The rains let up a bit and I make a run to the next building...a barrel making factory...then the general store where I chat a while with the historically dressed store keepers. The next building I visit is the Lester-Garland  mansion. The richest entrepreneur in town from the 1800’s. The guide is a local teenager in grade 10. She’s Alexis age. She gives me the history of the building and the family. Then we start chatting about the town and what it’s like living in such a small community.

She says there’s 112 kids in her school from about a dozen communities in grades 1 to 12. She wants to be a geophysicist or a doctor. They now have high speed internet. She has to do her science classes online as the classes aren’t large enough for a teacher to teach them. It was quite a chat from such a youngster. It was nice getting her point of view.

Trinity has an active theatre company. It’s one of the other attractions to the town. With the rain doing any more touring would be pointless as I couldn’t take many "good" photos. I go get a ticket for tonight’s show, The King of Broadway, a vaudevillian story of a local Newfoundlander who goes to the USA and becomes a Broadway star.

The show wasn’t for a couple hours and so I stop by the harbour and have supper at the restaurant there. My waitress was a young woman who worked many years in Calgary and came back home for family reasons.

The show was very entertaining and had a message for me...I think? What other reason could there be that I “HAD” to visit this town in this crappy weather. Maybe it was the waitress who had worked in Calgary? Or could it have been to have the chat with the young guide who wants to be a doctor? As I mentioned yesterday, I'm having a hard time reading "signs" these days.

Nothing happens in my life that doesn’t happen for a reason. I just wish I could figure out what this was all about. One day I’ll have the answer. Just not today.

I promised not to get all philosophical in this blog. I lied. I’m finding my life is all about my thoughts and experiences. Trying to separate my travels from my life doesn’t work. You’ll be getting MORE in the other entries.
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cobra1899 on

I know...I know...I know....
The reason I 'tried' separating my travel entries from my philosophical musings was to try and generate some traffic to my website. Problem is, I can't experience life and write at the same time. It takes too long to try and document my experiences for others to try and understand.

As for reading the signs, I've stop wondering 'why' things happen. I do know they are all happening for a reason. Have to make sure I'm aware of them, that's all. Just a written musing.

S/b in Montreal on Tuesday. We'll have all day Wednesday and Thursday to chat. Maybe check out a jazz club if you're interested.

CU soon.

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