Gaspé(ing) for Breath

A long drive??? ahead (360 km) for LLL as we make our way on August 13, 2016 along the Gaspé coastline heading for our next local somewhere near the village of Gaspé. As we made our way along the Coast, LLL took over the lead and made what turned out to be a fortuitous error. LLL failed to see the NO TRUCK sign and missed the large vehicle bypass so we continued along and stumbled down into the little village of Percé which just happens to be the location of the magnificent Percé Rock. With nowhere to park in town we headed up a gear grumbling (down to 1st for CC) 17% grade where in short order we found a couple of sites at the Cap Rouge RV Park. A quick setup and we headed back to Percé for our 2nd stroke of luck on the day as we were just in time for low tide which presented a one hour opportunity to walk out to the “arch” in the Percé Rock. Despite the opportunity only CC successfully made the trek by wading through sometimes waist deep water to the arch and back.

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scenes along the Gaspe heading toward Perce

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our first view of Perce Rock

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a windy bendy road with the PP leading the way

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jellyfish washed ashore

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weird rock formations along the shore

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CC with Perce Rock in background

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DD gets her turn

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walking along the base of Perce rock

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BBB and LLL on the land bridge to the Rock

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CC just about back form the trip to the arch

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and very wet

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old building downtown Perce

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CC as the “old salt”

Continuing our stay at the Cap Rouge RV Park on August 14, 2016 we spent the day touring and taking in the sights around the Forillon National Park including the little known WW2 Fort Peninsula.

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BBB in the tunnel to the gun

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overhead view of the tunnel

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LLL inspects the big gun

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old abandoned cookhouse

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BBB looking for “sea glass”

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along one of the many beaches in the park

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and another lighthouse

On our way back to the campground we drove through a small town Griffin, that apparently had a scare crow contest. We counted well over 40 of these creatures in yards along the roadway.

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At the end of the day we stopped into the village of Gaspé and were treated to some really fine small town entertainment at the Festival Musique du Bout du Monde. We really enjoyed listening to the Chilean folksinger Akawui and watching M.Gazon a “circus tightrope juggler” who can be seen performing in the 3 following videos.

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the old sanatorium above Gaspe

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little red riding hood and her dog???

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talk about the “odd couple”

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always in tandem

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Akawui on stage

After laundry and other housekeeping chores we made the short trip into Gaspé on August 15, 2016 in preparation for another humongous drive the next day to Matane which we would use as a layover on our way to Rimouski. August 16, 2016 also was the 89th Birthday of MODD (Mother of Debbie Dewdrops) and despite her devotion to the Toronto Blue Jays, we called and wished her Happy Birthday. It should be noted that DD is also a Blue Jay fan!

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anyone for a roller coaster ride

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back on the St. Lawrence Seaway

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perhaps the lost “Noah’s Ark”???

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giant jax

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beached whale

We arrived noonish at the Walmart in Rimouski on August 17, 2016 which gave us time to do a bit of sightseeing at the Site Historic Quebec which included the Empress of Ireland Museum, the Onondoga and the Pointe au Pere Lighthouse.

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heading down into Rimouski

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Pointe au Pere Lighthouse

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LLL and BBB climbed the 130 steps to the top

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as did DD and CC

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views from the top

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looking down the spiral staircase

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the Onondoga

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the crew of the yellow submarine BBB, LLL and DD

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CC finally found a fish he likes

We also backtracked a little to Sainte Flavie to visit the “Grand Gathering” a memorial to the passengers of the Empress of Ireland which we wanted to see after our visit to the Empress of Ireland Exhibit at Pier 21 in Halifax.

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the Grand Gathering Artist’s home

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DDs Art Deco photo of the week

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the artist at work on another project

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things seen onthe roadside on the way back to Rimouski

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