GRAND MANAN, N.B.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on September 30, 2013

Foggy, calm, a cool 10C, weatherman suggesting fog to burn off and temp rise to mid teens as the day unfolds.

Trip from Freeport, a change in the traffic pattern, very little in comparison to what we had encountered since leaving Rapid City. No hold up at the border, a simple when did you enter, and a welcome home all that was required. Took awhile to unload the accumulation of 'stuff' from the vehicle, had been packed very well.

Rob had been home for the weekend, did manage to see he and Rachel in the Parking Lot for a moment before they loaded to return to St. John, appears they are doing well at their respective choices.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:05 AM GMT on September 29, 2013

Freeport, Maine, thick fog as daylight enters the swamp, last leg today, ferry booked till 5:30PM trip, seems this is fortunate as Donna can stop in Calais for some last minute looking. Also should get an opportunity to check on brother Roy before heading to Blacks.

Drive yesterday much better, great weather, traffic steady, but other than a hold up outside Boston moved along very well. Many more shoppers both in Kittery and Freeport than we have encountered when visiting this time of year. Hard to imagine what it must be like at the height of tourist season.

Back to the real world in a few hours, has been a great trip renewing old friendships and visiting old ground.

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SATURDAY, SEPTE,BER 28/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:16 AM GMT on September 28, 2013

Buffalo, N.Y. warm and clear this morning, route to Freeport seems to be same weather.

Long trip yesterday, heavy traffic the whole day, combined with great amount of road construction made for a long journey. Traffic heavy from the start, took over two hours to get through Chicago, more traffic there than when the ferry comes in at North Head. Didn't appear to be any apparent reason for the slow down, just traffic. Large number of trucks on the move also, certainly a difference from four years ago, hopefully a sign of a better economy.

Did catch a glimpse of Lake Eerie for a moment first chance at some substantial water for a few weeks.

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SATURDAY, SEPTE,BER 28/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:16 AM GMT on September 28, 2013

Buffalo, N.Y. warm and clear this morning, route to Freeport seems to be same weather.

Long trip yesterday, heavy traffic the whole day, combined with great amount of road construction made for a long journey. Traffic heavy from the start, took over two hours to get through Chicago, more traffic there than when the ferry comes in at North Head. Didn't appear to be any apparent reason for the slow down, just traffic. Large number of trucks on the move also, certainly a difference from four years ago, hopefully a sign of a better economy.

Did catch a glimpse of Lake Eerie for a moment first chance at some substantial water for a few weeks.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on September 27, 2013

Overnight in Madison, Wisc. can't tell the weather no daylight as yet, computer hasn't been able to tell me where we are. All locations till today have been on the computer when put in commence.

Trip yesterday a great drive across the plains, South Dakota can compete with any of our prairie provinces for unobstructed view. Flat land maintained to well into the neighbouring states of Minn. & Wisc. Wind significant most of the day, mileage decreased by nearly 10%, according to the computer as the day moved along.

Making time not a problem with the Speed Limit set at 75MPH in South Dakota then 70MPH the rest of the day. Buffalo,N.Y. next reservation for a bunk.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:37 AM GMT on September 26, 2013

Rapid City, warm(49F), clear, calm, will be travelling into the sun for a few hours it seems. Weather along the route looks to be alright for travelling.

Yesterday another stellar day of gawking about the countryside, Mt. RUSHMORE another highlight, well presented, facilities impeccable. Didn't notice any children in the groups we met. Stopped at another carving underway, Chief CRAZY HORSE, also impressive, but more commercial than Mt. RUSHMORE. All in all a good day to play tourist.

Heading to the east for Madison, Wisc. in a few minutes, saying farewell to longtime friends and travel companions, part of the start to the day.

Updated: 10:53 AM GMT on September 27, 2013

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:54 PM GMT on September 25, 2013

Rapid City, clear, a warm 15C to make into mid 20's and remain good conditions as the day unfolds.

Drive south from Bismarck very interesting as the landscape changed from prairie farmland to cattle country. A vast country for sure, very few farmhouses, lots of fences.

We managed to get in the BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, rather than stop at ROOSEVELT. Impossible to describe the landscape, remind one of the moon surface. BADLANDS a great moniker, certainly real estate that is good for nothing that comes to mind.

Touristy viewing again to day, RUSHMORE, DEADWOOD, etc. On the road to the east in the morning with a bunk in Madison, Wisc. the destination.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:06 PM GMT on September 24, 2013

Bismarck a clear, cool 6C, temp to rise low 20's. Fall is making an appearance in this part of the world.

Break camp to move operation to Rapid City, with a side trip to Theodore ROOSEVELT National Park, approx. 11/2 west of here.

Good day yesterday, managed to find a good deal on pair of shoes, and a first visit to a H00TERS establishment, my sheltered existence changed forever.

Home crowd traveling today, Calais and St. John, a rather ambitious undertaking.

















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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 1:03 PM GMT on September 23, 2013

Bismarck clear, temp 15C, no wind, expected to rise near 20C. Fall like for sure, however trees not showing the change like four hours north of here.

Drive from Killarney interesting, the landscape changed from prairie to rolling hills, grain to cattle use for the land. Still can see forever with no interruption of major landmarks or trees.

Plan is to 'look around' for the day before Jody and her group return from the day at work and school. Move operation to Rapid City tomorrow for investigation of that area before heading to the east on Thursday. No great amount of communication from the Bermuda of the Maritimes, other than to ask when we are returning.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:45 PM GMT on September 22, 2013

Fall morning in Killarney, a clear start to the day, cool 6C. Moving camp this morning to Bismarck, N.D. approx. four hours a bit to the west and south. Weather supposed to be much warmer for the next few days.

Saturday watched eleven year old Lucas participate in hockey try outs. The game moved fast, he did himself proud, facility something else. The Wpg. Jets use the ice surface for training.

Two days in Bismarck, then move to Rapid City, S.D. for a look around, plan is to head to the east on Thursday early A.M.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:56 PM GMT on September 21, 2013

First day of fall looking as it should, clear, calm, but cool. Temp to increase as the day moves along.

Went to BOMBER game last evening, the only highlight was the new facility, something to behold. The BOMBERS well named, managed to lose in final play of the game after having a substantial lead from the first half.

A hockey game for Lucas this morning, prior to returning to Killarney to move the operation south of the border in the morning. Weather looking to be much warmer in the Dakotas.

Donna toured IKEA yesterday, grand time had by the team, nearest one in eastern Canada is Montreal, probably a good thing. Do have some items making the trek back to the Bermuda the Maritimes from here.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:41 PM GMT on September 20, 2013

Fall is coming to the prairie, currently 6C, partial overcast, a bit of breeze, temp to rise into low teens as the day moves along.

Harvest on hold with lots of rain past few days, did a tour of smaller locales in northern North Dakota yesterday, while girls travelled and looked around in Brandon. Today trip to Winnipeg football game this evening, not expecting too much as both Winnipeg and Edmonton attempting to rush to the basement in the standings.

See lots of activity on Swallowtail, interesting to check in during the day, and evening with the moon. Mason doing repairs staying in the Keepers House quite something to see the lights on during the evening.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 1:51 PM GMT on September 19, 2013

Overcast, temp low teens, expect to rise as the day moves along and clearing skies take place. A significant rainfall overnight. Harvest will be set back a few days for moisture to get under control.

Visited Deloraine yesterday, old neighbours and friends, great catching up on kids, and the generations that have been added in the decades that has transpired in the interim. Today nothing too strenuous, Donna and Marilyn off for a trip to Brandon, we are doing a tour of local area while ladies do the tour.

Things seems to be under control at home, learned the roof shingles off, but not replaced as yet.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 1:34 PM GMT on September 18, 2013

Overcast, a bit of morning fog, calm, temp 15C, supposed to climb a bit, with possibility of Tstorms later on in the day.

Harvest in full swing, size of equipment, from a couple of decades ago, remarkable. The ability to harvest large fields in short order very evident. The crop is in the record setting mode, one fellow advising like getting two high crops in one, double the best yield he has had in the past, price has dropped some, but still in the good range for the producer.

Making contact with neighbours and friends in Deloraine this afternoon. Will be great to see them once again. Long range remains the same just moving to Bismarck, N.D. a day earlier and forgoing the Fall Supper, hard to get all things in, even with an extended visit.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 1:41 PM GMT on September 17, 2013

Morning in Killarney, cool in single digits, to rise in low 20's, sunshine for the week. A check of the webcam indicates clear but windy this morning on the Bermuda of the Maritimes.

Drive out from Winnipeg brings back memories of the prairie at this time of year. A large part of the harvest is complete, however numerous fields still being harvested, lots of combines at work. The gear is larger than when I was on them, and more of them it seems. The drive renewed how flat this part of the world is, similar to looking out over the Bay, as far as the eye can see.

Communication from home less steady, seems they are finding can get on without the old people around.

No great plans for the day, going to NINGA for lunch then possibly have a look around the area before this evening. Slowly getting a plan together for the remainder of the week, a football game in Wpg. on Friday, a fowl supper on Sunday, then heading to Bismarck N.D. for a couple of days then begin trek to the east via Rapid City, S.D., as of today.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 1:37 PM GMT on September 16, 2013

A cool, clear, morning in Wpg., will warm as the day moves along, clear and warmer weather the order of the day as the week moves along.

A change of venue yesterday, moved to another residence with friends and family for an overnighter. A trip to Falcon Lake this morning, then out of the city to Killarney for the remainder of the week, back in for football game on Friday. What transpires in the days between now and then yet to be determined.

Word from home seems pretty quiet, checked in yesterday, all supposed to be where we left it. Rob down for the weekend returned to school last boat last evening.

Harvest well in hand, geese everywhere forming up preparing to head south, literally thousands, guess the amount I swear at no comparison.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 1:37 PM GMT on September 16, 2013

A cool, clear, morning in Wpg., will warm as the day moves along, clear and warmer weather the order of the day as the week moves along.

A change of venue yesterday, moved to another residence with friends and family for an overnighter. A trip to Falcon Lake this morning, then out of the city to Killarney for the remainder of the week, back in for football game on Friday. What transpires in the days between now and then yet to be determined.

Word from home seems pretty quiet, checked in yesterday, all supposed to be where we left it. Rob down for the weekend returned to school last boat last evening.

Harvest well in hand, geese everywhere forming up preparing to head south, literally thousands, guess the amount I swear at no comparison.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 1:04 PM GMT on September 15, 2013

Clear, calm, a cool 0C, temp will begin to rise into mid 20's. Weather conditions to remain similar but rise as the week moves long, temps nearing 30 by Thursday.

A day of looking about yesterday, taking in old ground, and marveling at some of the new construction that has taken place.

A change of venue this morning, visiting or possibly best described as reuniting with very old friends once again. Will move the operation to rural Manitoba to Killarney for the base of operations for next week.

As far as we can tell things being looked after on the island with few perceived or at least reported problems.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 2:16 PM GMT on September 14, 2013

A cool 12C, partial overcast in downtown Wpg. this morning. Temp might be in the low 20's before the day is done, next few days looking good, for sun and temps.

Trip from Duluth, a short run compared to the previous couple of days. Prairie harvest well underway, lots of grain trucks on the move. No combines moving a bit of moisture on the fields by the time we were driving through.

A grand Ukranian feast last evening with borscht soup the lead off. The equilivant to a great fish chowder in our part of the world. Busy catching up on the past few years, kids and grandkids, etc. A tour of old areas in the offing for today, change of venue tomorrow prior to moving out of the city to Killarney for the week.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:00 AM GMT on September 13, 2013

Clear a cool 7C in Duluth this morning, seems will have clear weather to Wpg., be warm, in mid 20's by time we arrive this afternoon.

Good driving yesterday, some showers, mostly overcast and sun. Traffic light, Lake Superior fantastic, but angry yesterday with high winds,remind one of an easterly on the Bay.

Donna has been txtd from the kids, not asking how things are going, but wanting to know where such and such is located, etc. Good to know her phone # at least.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:41 AM GMT on September 12, 2013

Rained overnight in Sudbury, a bit of fog, have no weather forecast for the route to Duluth.

The trip yesterday endorsed that Canada has two seasons, Construction and Winter. Lots of construction, fortunate with the little traffic few delays. The trip to Montreal shrouded in fog and heavy rain, by the time we got to Ottawa temp 31C, with bright sun. The weather spectrum well covered for sure.

Cross over at Sault St. Marie and will travel along northern portion of the states to Duluth, a shorter distance,but only two lane, a fairly long day to the next stop.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:46 AM GMT on September 11, 2013

In Riviere Du Loup, local conditions overcast, calm, temp 10C.

Trip from Blacks Harbour no problem, Fostina(GPS) delivered us to an empty lot for our accommodation, it was a few blocks on the same street. The first view of the St. Lawrence has always been awesome, yesterday no different. Plan to be in Sudbury for supper.

Certainly a different traveling experience from four years ago. Cellphone permits txting and calls no matter when, so far no matter where. The satellite radio doesn't fade as you travel along hours at a time.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on September 10, 2013

Sun has finally got the upper hand, red sky, with clouds as the sun made an appearance. A nice 13C, with a breeze from SW 15-20KPH, weather towards the St. Lawrence now the one for us to be concerned about.

Reservations in Riviere Du Loup for this evening, will be on next boat, should be there in time for supper. with enough daylight to poke around a bit. A few years ago got the ferry across the St. Lawrence with Tony & Patsy, looked interesting then, another piece of water to view.

A couple of things at the office to get done, keeps me from underfoot while the vehicle gets loaded.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 09/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on September 09, 2013

Bright sun, a very cool 4C, expect to rise into high teens by this afternoon, a cool 4C at the moment. Similar conditions for the next few days with the heat from the west showing up by midweek,at least in the NE U.S.A., can't imagine not the same here.

The GRAND MANAN V, full to the gunnels yesterday, mostly fellow citizens returning from various activities 'away'. One ferry will be full for a few weeks yet, as travel while let up some still in commence.

Rob is on his feet, or at least txting that he is, must prepare for school, first full day today. Emily still getting lots of hours, and enjoying her work in the kitchen.

A short weekend with all the activity, will be awhile before we can repeat. We are travelling, Tony will be lobster fishing mode till late winter, at least.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:55 AM GMT on September 08, 2013

Overcast, soon to be showers, then light rain for the day. Calm, temp 13C, not expected to rise much, if any at all.

The concert THREE HOURS with one fifteen minute intermission, great talent, range of songs amazing. A grand evening for sure.

During the day did a tour of the ares surrounding St.John, on a couple river ferries to areas never had been, a good day. Today doing th Deer Island, Campobello, ferry runs then home late afternoon.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:06 AM GMT on September 07, 2013

Daylight not entered the swamp as yet, clear, calm, a nice 13C, to rise low 20's as the day moves along. Showers in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow with clearing for beginning of the week.

Taking in Daniel O'DONNELL concert this evening, weather permitting plan is to do a Deer Island, Campobello, back through Lubec tour tomorrow prior to returning home. Here a couple of nights and Tuesday start the drive to Manitoba, the Dakotas before returning to the Bermuda of the Maritimes.

Rob enjoyed the first exposure to school, first little while all hands remained mum. One of them asked if this is what it was going to be like all year it was going to be long, then all started and never stopped introducing themselves. He now has electronic connection with the world, all is well.

GRAND MANAN ADVENTURE off to drydock in NFLD tomorrow morning, will be gone for at least a month, possible longer.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on September 06, 2013

A grand looking morning in commence, lots of sun, total calm, temp 1C, can't see evidence of frost, temp to rise into the teens as the day moves along. Nice weather for tomorrow with rain for Sunday.

Rob is up and ready for school, Donna has checked, school starts at 0830. He has made a trial run school only ten minutes will see how it is with a bit of morning traffic.

Great pictures on the webcam this morning, does take a bit of time for them to load, but worth the wait.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on September 05, 2013

Red sky at daylight, fast disappearing with the promised light rain taking over. Temp 14C, not expected to move much with the rain till this evening, sun for a couple of days then moisture for Sunday.

The webcam for Swallowtail is up, some fine tuning, more exposure on sites other than the Village in the offing to give more coverage that it is available. Slow moving from one camera to the other, however great shots of the tide rise and fall, weirs in Pettes Cove, and ferry going by, all good.

Rob in school tomorrow, doing some time trials today, on advice of his 'Nan' to insure he knows where he is and how long it takes to get on campus.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on September 04, 2013

Fog remains, visibility less than 1/2 mile, calm, temp 16C to rise near 20C. Showers possible this morning with clearing and possible sun by this afternoon. Remainder of the week suggesting sun might be with us for a few days.

Flowers pretty well done, pots have been cleaned up, window boxes last to go. Seems things give it up very early this season, lots of leaves down, poplars in particular shedding big time.

Next week the ADVENTURE to NFLD for a month of refit, one ferry the GRAND MANAN V will carry the load while she is gone.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on September 03, 2013

Wet weather continues, drizzle, foggy, can see half way cross the harbour. Temp 17C, a slight southerly draft, temp might make 20C with clearing and possible Tstorms in forecast for today, weather clearing by tomorrow.

Rob has made the move, set up yesterday, no TV for a few days, but other than that seems to have made the transition with little difficulty. Classes don't start till end of the week, suggests needs that much time to make the apartment work for him.

Herring news remains quiet, lots of signs of fish around, but remains offshore. Whale and porpoises in abundance back of White Head.

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LABOUR DAY, SEPTEMBER 2/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:26 AM GMT on September 02, 2013

Weatherman has it correct this morning, showers turning to light rain, currently NE breeze 25-30KPH, conditions to remain the same till late tomorrow. Temp mid teens not expected to move much for next few days. The sky a definite fall if not later on look to it this morning.

Rob on 11:30AM boat to take the remaining vital things he needs to set up, mostly electronics and his guitar. Will spend next couple of days getting the place with his signature, he does have quite a bit of floor space to store his clothes, at least for the first few days.

Fishery news quiet, the gradual shift to preparation for fall fishery will become a bit more intense as November approaches. Setting day not till 11th, about as far into the month as the 2nd Tuesday can be to allow traps to go in the water.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:14 AM GMT on September 01, 2013

Thick fog, heavy showers overnight, with lightning, power out at one point. Indication may clear by this afternoon, temps 16C, not expected to increase by much, a southerly breeze 20-25KPH will influence when and if the fog moves off or not.

Emily at the Park this morning, then a half shift at SAILORS LANDING this evening, racking up the hours, but beginning to take toll on her social life as well as being tired.

Rob delivered his second load to his abode with no problem, they make the run tomorrow to set up and prepare for school start at end of the week.

Fishery news quiet, with an indication the lobster catch in the Grey Zone has been good of late, no real indication of actual numbers.

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