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More Shopkeeper's Secrets
In the November 2014 issue of Downhome, Shannon Duff and Dennis Flynn speak to the fine folks behind some of Newfoundland and Labrador's longest running businesses. Here they share the stories of two more experienced retailers.

Got 'er Knocked at Nic Naks
Lorraine Welsh, proprietor of Nic Naks store i...
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Nic Naks in Green's Harbour, Trinity Bay has stood the test of time. (Dennis Flynn photo)
The Sea Adventurer in St. John's

Come Sail Away
Adventure Canada, an expedition cruise line that's been bringing passengers to Newfoundland and Labrador for two decades, has perfected many aspects of the cruise experience. One is the wake-up call.

No, it's not a monotone voice on the other end of the phone gently nudging you from your cabin. At least on the morning this Downhome editor was aboard the Sea Adventurer, it's the booming voice of the captain over the PA, announcing
The trinkets contained in one of Downhome's geocaches

Find Downhome's Geocaches
Magazine staff have hidden three Downhome geocaches in the spectacular great outdoors of our beautiful province.

For those of you who don't know, a "geocache" is a container filled with small toys and other inexpensive trinkets. Seeking them is the goal of "geocaching," a high-tech treasure hunt that spans the globe. When a geocacher uncovers a cache, he or she usually takes an item and leaves an item of theirs behind in its place.
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A WILD Encounter
There are two main reasons to visit the Little, Big Bear Safari, located about 90 minutes from Moncton in Acadieville, New Brunswick. One, of course, is to safely view black bears as they roam onto the wilderness site. Another is to meet Richard Goguen, a.k.a. "the bear whisperer."

"My husband has a gift with animals," says Vivianne Goguen, who co-owns the attraction with her partner. The couple built an observation tower in 1998
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25 Ways to Survive May 24 in NL
Whether you're spending the weekend boating, camping or partying at the cabin, here are some tongue-in-cheek, but surprisingly practical, things to take or do to make the most of this May Two-Four. (In order of no importance.)

1. Pack several changes of clothes: rubber clothes, wool clothes, flannel clothes, summer clothes. Be like the Scouts, prepared for anything.

2. At least 5 tarps - one to cover the cold, wet ground; one to
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Bound for Bonavista
Helen Young of Port Dover, Ontario wrote to Downhome about her trip to Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland.

In July 2003, we planned two nights' stay in Catalina, Newfoundland, about midway between Trinity and Bonavista. Our hostess was Sheila Hart, who wasn't sure she would open her B&B that summer as she had a new baby. We were glad she consented to take us in; she really made us feel at home.

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Gros Morne Mountain
By Cheryl Briggs

For those thinking about hiking Gros Morne Mountain alone - don't. I had planned to hike it solo until my more seasoned hiking colleagues warned me against it. What were they cautioning me about? Fog.

"The trail is well marked, how hard can it be?" I thought. Well, if the fog rolls in it's a lot more difficult to navigate the mountain than you would imagine. The fog courts the
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A Family Returns Home
Through a series of photographs, reader Karen Leonard of Moncton, New Brunswick tells the story of a family revisiting the land of their forefathers.

My family, the Leonards, are originally from British Harbour, Trinity Bay. My husband, Rodney Clarke; my father, Don Leonard; my grandfather, Phillip John Leonard; and I visited the community for an afternoon last summer and actually spent time on the land that once belonged to my great-grandparents.
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The Bashas Conquer Newfoundland
By Janice Stuckless

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." - St. Augustine

It took 12 years, four pickup trucks, four campers, all-terrain vehicles and boats to complete their odyssey, and now Joe Basha and his wife Chris have an appreciation for Newfoundland that many of us will never know. They may be the first couple to have visited every community (some of them resettled)

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