I have to apologize to you. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I came up with this title. I just wanted a clever way to introduce our next stop to you. The town of Gander. And that is what popped into my head. That and the Gander Mountain Company. And no, they are not here. David looked.
The day started off drizzly and cool.
Then the fog started to roll in when we reached the higher plains.
The fog got really thick in some parts. Then the sun came out, blue sky opened up and the fog rolled on by.
Whisper was completely oblivious to the weather. As long as my lap is free, he’s there. He was sound asleep the entire ride to Gander.
Gander is most recently known for the town that let land and hosted all the international flights during the 9/11 attacks. The people of Gander opened up their homes to all the people aboard those flights. We feel that warmness and kindness through out Newfoundland, not just in Gander. But the people of Gander are very proud of this fact, and they should be.
Gander has a long history of aviation. They had built the first international airport here. During WWII all the planes would stop here to fuel up before heading over seas. Amelia Earhart took off from here for her trans-atlantic flight.
And during those 9/11 attacks and all the planes that landed here, they actually ran out of room to put them all. By that I mean, they had to park some of the planes on the runway because there just was not enough room around the airport terminals. Being so small after all. They had a picture of that in the museum, as they are putting together an exhibit for this time in history.
Sorry to say I can not tell you what type of planes these were. I did not see any labels or plaques telling me. This rescue plane on the lawn is an interesting place to eat lunch though. Gotta love the picnic table under the wing.
After the museum their really is not much else to Gander. Even though we were only in Gander for three nights, David got antsy, got out his tools and went to work.
Can you spot David? This is what it looks like when David decides to put in a shut off valve on our water line and also a t-connection. I don’t know what he would have done if we didn’t get the pull out drawers installed in the basement compartments a couple of years ago. It’s much easier for him to get in and out, while laying on the drawer, by just sliding back and forth. Not that that is much easier mind you. It is such a tight spot. No worries though. He got it done and with no leaks!
That’s pretty much it for Gander. Aviation Museum, and well, that’s it. Not much more.
I do want to mention one thing though…
…We have been in Newfoundland for a couple of weeks now and we have yet to see a moose. I thought we’d be tripping over them up here. According to the locals, you really don’t want to see a moose. I guess they cause a lot of damage and deaths with vehicular crashes every year. I’d still like to see one, just not near my car or motor home. We’re still crossing our fingers. We hear that they are plentiful further up north. We’re headed that way, so we’ll see.