Our drive to Port au Choix was a nice, leisurely (really this time) 100 miles along great road for 95 miles of it. The scenery was absolutely stunning as most of the drive was along the seashore and every curve revealed another "this is prettier than the last" moment. We are staying at Ocean Side RV Park which is a Lion's Club operated park right on the shore - nothing but great views out our windshield! We have 30 amps and water we are at "our own risk" to drink as it isn't chlorinated. We will use our own from the tank. We have good Verizon coverage and no WiFi.
We didn't do anything but hook up electricity before we went to the Port au Choix National Historical Site
. Our first stop was the Visitor's Center where we watched a very informative short film explaining the last 3,000 years of settlement in this region. We then view many of the artifacts that have been discovered here during the many digs they have done. They were really in good shape to be two to three thousand years old.
We then went by the Maritime Archaic Indian Cemeteries. Maritime Archaic Indian is the name given to those peoples who lived between Labrador and Maine 7,000 to 3,000 years ago. The culture was named as a result of the excavation of three cemeteries at Port au Choix in 1967 and 1968. Until that time little was known of the way of life of these people but the rich and well preserved assemblage of artifacts buried in the graves indicated a people whose technology, economy and spiritual culture were intimately associated with the sea and its resources.
Next was a hike on the Phillips Garden Trail. This is a 2K hike to one of the areas where they found homes used by the Palaeo-Eskimos 2,200 years ago. It is where many of the artifacts at the Visitor's Center came from. There is little evidence of the digs today but you can still see the depressions where homes were located. The hike was along the coast and again, beautiful scene after beautiful scene.
We had worked up a pretty good appetite by then (it was 2:30 by now), so we stopped and had lunch at a local restaurant - no lobster now for quite a while, but Doris is handling it well.
After lunch we made our last visit of the Port au Choix HS by seeing the French Ovens. These are stone ovens built into a bank of earth that were used by the French fishermen in the 1800s. They have built a replica oven that they still fire off every now and then for different events.
We then went back to camp and watched the birds diving into the ocean after fish. It was amazing. We had seen films of this before but never actually saw them live. I managed to get one if you watch the film carefully but there were several times that a big number of birds would be circling and then three or four would dive bomb, one right after another. It looked like the old WWII movies with the fighters peeling off after a target.
Tomorrow we head for St. Anthony where we will spend four nights.