Boy, what a difference a day makes. After a 2000 mile drive, including five hours on a ferry and a good night’s sleep, we awakened to a fog shrouded St. John’s, Newfoundland. We decided to go ahead and do some sightseeing anyway. We made our way up to Signal Hill and its iconic Cabot Tower at the entranced to the harbor.
Here is a view of Cabot Tower hidden by the fog. We spent some time inside the tower talking to the Parks Canada rangers and learning about the hill and tower. It was here in 1901 that Guglielmo Marconi received the first ever transatlantic wireless transmission (the Morse code for the letter S sent continuously).
When we departed from the tower and returned to our car, we found a man holding a television camera marked with the logo of the Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC). It seems that he noticed Dominique’s bright yellow Pontiac Aztek with the Michigan License plates and wanted to interview us. He asked if, after driving so far, we were disappointed about the weather. Of course, we told him that we were having a great time and that we knew that Newfoundland weather was unpredictable and changeable (we’re used to that here in Michigan).
The weather did change and the next day we went back and re-toured the historical site. We had a chuckle with the ranger when he told us he had seen us the night before on the news. Unfortunately we hadn’t gotten a chance to see the news that night and missed our TV debut.
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