(Ron Writing) The weather turned out to be about perfect for the 191st Royal St. John’s Regatta. There was almost no wind, it was in the mid 70’s and mostly overcast. It was pretty humid so the clouds made it more pleasant to be outdoors.
We spent a couple hours watching some of the races and walking all around among the many food booths, and carnival games. We had a moose burger without fries. French fries must be a staple in diet of most Newfoundlanders. Every booth that sells any kind of food also offers french fries and many booths sell just french fries. People were lined-up to buy them. You have a choice of plain, with gravy, with gravy and cheese, and with seasoning. A few people also eat them with ketchup or sprinkled with vinegar.
I think 90% of the people in St. John’s were at the regatta. It was very crowded by the time we left shortly after noon.
We drove a little south of St. John’s to Cape Spear National Historic Site. Cape Spear is the most easterly point of land in North America. It is high on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the approach to St. John’s harbor. Since 1836 there has been a lighthouse at this site. This was the second lighthouse to operate on Newfoundland. That original lighthouse has been restored and is still here. It has been retired, however, and a newer light at the same location now guides ships.
Whales and icebergs are often seen from Cape Spear. Elena saw one whale but there was no sign of icebergs. The views from this point are spectacular.
From Cape Spear we headed south on Hwy. 10 to Witless Bay. We found a small parking lot by one of the very few sandy beaches in Newfoundland and we are parked there for the night.