Days 8 & 9 : Gros Morne National Park. Brilliant blue skies greeted us Tuesday morning as we left Deer Lake, driving north on Highway 430 toward Gros Morne National Park on Newfoundland's west coast. We had built in two days for exploring this 700-square mile UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its unique geology and exceptional scenery.
|Gros Morne National Park (photo from newfoundlandandlabrador.com)|
|Green Gardens Trail|
|Trout River waterfront|
|Woody Point Lighthouse|
At the Woody Point harbor, we chanced upon an exciting local event. A fishing boat had just come in with the season's first catch of capelin. When the waters grow warmer in June, billions of capelin, a small silvery fish, flock to the shallow waters around Newfoundland to spawn. High tides carry the fish onto the shore where locals scoop them up in buckets or nets, an event known as the capelin scull. Seeing this boat bringing in a catch offered the townspeople the frisson of knowing this year's scull won't be far behind.
The two days we devoted to Gros Morne were well spent, even though we didn't—and won't—reach that special spot. Tomorrow we'll continue up the west coast to St. Anthony and the site of a thousand-year-old Viking settlement.
Tuesday, June 17 and Wednesday, June 18, 2014
More Photos from Gros Morne
|A private home in Woody Point|
|Lobster Cove Lighthouse|
|Tuckamores provides shelter beneath their windswept limbs.|
|Shaded escape from coastal trail sun|