That Time We Drove To Places With Dirty Names

If you have the sense of humour of a 12-year-old, this is the post for you

After we rented our car for our St. John’s trip my friend asked me if we could drive to Gros Morne.  I stared at her for a few seconds before slowly shaking my head and saying “…no…”

For anyone out of the loop, Gros Morne is about a 10 hour drive from St. John’s.  R and I were going to be in St. John’s for about 48 hours.  While I have no doubt that my friend could have gotten us there in 8 hours, that was still a long, butt-numbing drive.

So we went to Dildo instead.

You thought I was joking, weren't you.
You thought I was joking, weren’t you.

Yup, Dildo is a town in Newfoundland and Labrador, on the Avalon Peninsula.  We didn’t start driving until late in the day, so it was dark by the time we arrived and pretty much everything was closed.  Once we got there we just drove until we reached the “end”.  We didn’t know anything about the town – what sights to see, the layout of the area, etc.  Driving to a place just because of the name doesn’t show much planning foresight.

But if you want the truth, that town is beautiful at night. 

The docks.
The docks.

It was quiet and peaceful – with lots of darkness and not a lot of artificial light. 

A lot of Newfoundland is beautiful at night, as well as during the day.  I’m amazing by how many pictures I want to take when I’m there.  And not just pictures of touristy/famous things – pictures of EVERYTHING.  I have about 10 pictures of rocks that I took when I was home last summer.

Once we finished taking pictures we drove back to St. John’s in search of Screech.

The next day we set out earlier and drove to Conception Bay South.

The Bay of Conception (in the South).
The Bay of Conception (in the South).

I didn’t take as many pictures of Conception Bay.  It was day, it was cold, and we (again) had no idea where to go or what to see.  Once we got to the town we just sat in the car, eating cheezies and laughing.

Maybe our second trip wasn’t as picturesque as the first, but it was still a fun trip.  Sometimes all you need is a good friend, unhealthy snack food, and a good sense of humour.

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