Mel And Nancy trip to Maritime Provences travel blog

great wood pile

viking feast

moose, mom and baby at dusk

July 8

138 Miles of pot holes on the drive north to St. Lunaire-Griquet near St Anthony Nfld. Nancy says she felt like a bobble-head doll by the time we arrived.

This is the center of Viking Nors country. Along the Viking Trail, the highway 430 north and other roads in the north, we saw many gardens along the roadsides where there are no homes around. There is so little topsoil in Newfoundland “The Rock”, that garden plants can’t be grown successfully. When roads are built the top soil is pushed back along the right of ways and the local folks can then use these areas where the top soil has been stock piled to plant their gardens. These gardens are fertilized with seaweed from the seashore and are watered by mother nature. Mostly root vegetables are grown which the moose won’t eat, for the most part.

Moose were introduced into Newfoundland in 1904 to provide a source of meat for the population. They have reproduced very successfully, sort of like mice, so the Newfies say. Road signs are often seen every few miles warning motorists to slow down and not hit the moose. Occasionally we see skid marks from cars or trucks that have had to stop quickly to avoid hitting the moose which seem to suddenly appear out of nowhere. There are signs on the highways that tell how many moose have been killed this year by vehicles.

Also along these northern roads and highways we see an incredible number of huge fire wood piles. Much like lobster traps the wood piles are everywhere. It’s a wonder there are any trees left on Newfoundland. One lady we spoke with told us that it usually takes about 8 cords of wood to make it through a winter if you have a well insulated home and the snow doesn’t stay too late. This year it snowed into June.

In the evening we drove to the Fox Point Light House and saw a couple of whales in the bay.

Our evening meal and entertainment was at the “Great Viking Feast” a celebration where we had a buffet supper of local fare including moose stew and cod tongues which are considered to be a delicacy, and we agree. After supper a Viking “Thing” (pronounced “Teeng”) was held by our waiters who were in Viking dress. A Teeng was a gathering of free men to make decisions and settle disputes between parties or within the community. Several of our gaggle of travelers were charged with offenses which they had to defend. The audience then voted on the guilt or innocence by pounding on the table Viking style. Most were found to be guilty. It was a roaring good time.

On our way home that evening we saw 2 moose on the sides of the road and encountered 3 more on the roadway. The signs along the roads have a true message “Slow Down B’y”.

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