It was an overcast, drizzly 175 miles from Grand Falls-Windsor to Rocky Harbour. We also had to pass through several construction zones, one where they had just sprayed fresh tar down. You know what that did to the Mothership and Libby. I'll probably never get it all off. We did manage to see two moose in one spot along the way before we got to the Deer Lake turnoff of the TCH - no pictures as it was unexpected and happened much too fast. The Mothership doesn't stop on a dime! As we turned off the TCH and started up 430, which is called the Viking Trail (you may have noticed that each road that isn't the TCH has a Trail name), the rain slacked off a bit but still just enough to mess up the windshield so please excuse the pictures as we entered Gros Morne National Park. We are staying at Gros Morne RV/Campground and have full hookups, good WiFi and good cell - maybe we ought to stay here the rest of our time in Newfoundland. :) We even have one broadcast TV Channel! Soon after getting set up we went to the park visitor's center and watched a short film, got maps, info and generally what we needed to see the park for the next two days.
Sunday was still overcast but we had two trails we wanted to hike so off we went. The first required us to backtrack a to where we had come into the park and then head to the Western side on highway 431 to the Tablelands. This area of the park is very unique in that it is almost completely barren where the rest of the park has lush green vegetation everywhere but the highest elevations. You almost think you are in Utah except the rocks are not red. Supposedly these mountains are actually the end of the Appalachian chain and have been ground down by glaciers, leaving rocks and boulders of different size strewn about. Our trail was about 4K round trip, back around to the foot of one of these glacier carved valleys. It exhibited the normal U-shape that glaciers cause and also had a stream coming down, very much like everything we saw last year in Alaska and Alberta except these glaciers have been long gone.
We then drove on down to Trout River just to see that area since it is the Western most point of the park and on the coast. It was very quaint much like we have seen elsewhere while in Newfoundland. The socks being sold on the street in front of home was a new one for us though. Next up we drove back about halfway to our campground to walk the Southeast Brook Falls. This was touted by the ranger staff as a leisurely 1K stroll round trip to see the falls. It was 1k and it did go to the falls, but leisurely stroll - NOT!!! It started off innocently enough with a slight upwards grade, but quickly became a game of going around and over boulders and then up and down stairs. We did finally make it and the falls were pretty but as we were at the top of a 200 ft precipice, we couldn't really see the full length of the falls. But it was good exercise anyway.
We came back to the campground, grilled out some chicken and just cooled it a while before going out about 7:00 p.m. to see if we could find some moose at dusk. Sure enough we found one cow about 15 minutes later as we headed North along 430. She headed back into the trees right after we got there but just a little ways further and we saw a cow and her calf also along 430. They stayed out for a good time and I was able to take a few pictures but it was difficult due to the low light conditions. I snapped about 50 just to get the few unblurry ones I posted. Thank god for digital cameras.
Monday we headed out hiking again - this time we did the Berry Head Pond Trail just a little South of where we saw the moose Monday night. Now this was a leisurely 2K stroll around a pond and through the adjacent forest. It was a very nice hike in the cool morning air. It was still overcast but no rain.
We then went to Lobster Cove which is next to Rocky Harbour on the point where Bonnie Bay starts inland. There a was pretty lighthouse there as usual and they also had some trails going down to the coastline that proved to be very scenic, allowing us to see Rocky Harbour and Boonie Bay, as well as the coastline North of the point. Afterwards we came back to camp and I spent the rest of the day getting this blog entry ready and getting the Mothership ready for our trip to Port Au Choix tomorrow for a one night stay. They don't have WiFi so that entry will not be posted until later, hopefully by Wednesday night.