Up to the Cold NorthTHE BIG CHILL, CHAPTER 8: IN WHICH WE LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT 1492
Days 10 & 11: St. Anthony, NL. Nothing could have been easier than planning our route from Deer Lake to St. Anthony near the farthest edge of Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula. We didn't even need the GPS. Only one highway spans the peninsula—the 430, which hugs the coastline between the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the west and the Long Range Mountains to the east. When we entered the address of our St. Anthony hotel into our Garmin GPS just for the heck of it, we were instructed to drive 258 miles and we'd reach our destination. No risk of getting lost, which was great because we were driving in rain again.
|Water skiing again!|
|CAUTION: Moose crossing|
We had come to the northernmost tip of Newfoundland to check out evidence dispelling another myth we had been taught in elementary school—that Christopher Columbus was the first European to visit the North American continent. (Of course if you're over 40, you were probably told that Columbus "discovered America," a continent already fully populated by native peoples, but we're not getting into that.)
|Re-creation of a Viking sod longhouse|
|Interpreter at national historic site|
After our visit to the site of Mr. Erikson's compound, we explored the remainder of the northern coast. With only three roads spidering out from the 430 artery, it was quite manageable to visit every village. Along the way, we encountered four more moose, engaging in a staredown with each.
|Who you lookin' at?|
|Working the soil on a cold day|
|Proudly flying the provincial flag|
As in other parts of the province, the people of the Northern Peninsula have treated us warmly, always ready to stop what they're doing and talk to us or answer questions. Tomorrow we will finally leave the Newfoundland part of the province, hopping the ferry across the strait to Labrador.
Thursday, June 19, and Friday, June 20, 2014
More Photos from the Northern Peninsula