For our big trip in 2008, we decided to go northeast instead of northwest, like we usually do. We decided on the province of Newfoundland and Labrador as our destination. And we decided to take our new puppy Lily with us (Our other dogs aren't good travelers.) We made a stop in North Carolina to see our niece Debbie and her husband Keith and another in Virginia to visit some old friends of Laura's. We also decided to concentrate on whale watching and ended up taking 3 whale watching cruises along the way. We saw fin whales off the coast of New Brunswick, humpback whales off the Atlantic coast of Newfoundland, and pilot whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off the coast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.