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Aug 15, 2010 - Sunday Gros Morne NL

This was our day to take the boat ride into Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne Natonal Park. It was a good thing we’d made our reservations yesterday because they were turning people away at the dock – people who had already made the 1.8 mile walk to get to the dock!! The park provides some of the world’s best illustrations of plate tectonics, the shifting of continental plates pushing up the ocean floor. For this reason, the park was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1987. Geologists have shown that 420 – 570 million years...

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Aug 14, 2010 - Saturday Gros Morne, NL

We drove to the visitor center and got details on the park. There’s not very much of the park you can see from your car. Mostly it’s for walking. But there is a boat ride through a lake in one of the fjords in the park. It’s a 3 km (1.2 mile) walk into the park to catch the boat but the pictures we saw at the visitor center made it look worthwhile. So we drove into Rocky Harbor and made reservations for tomorrow on the 1 PM ride. Since Barb is not a fast walker, we’ll leave plenty early so we don’t miss the boat. We stopped at a small...

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Aug 13, 2010 - Friday Gros Morne, NL

You’ve all heard the expression “as the crow flies”; well today we really learned the meaning of that expression. When we turned Daniel on and plugged in the location of our next camp ground, our GPS indicated that it was 75 miles away (that would be “as the crow files”). But once Daniel had “calculated” our route, the actual mileage that we would be traveling was over 125 miles. Now we know why the crow never takes the road. His estimate of the time it would take was just over 2 ½ hours. What he did not know was that we were driving an RV...

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Oct 2, 2009 - Rock, Bog and Fog

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador is very wild and remote, with wide open spaces and solitude around every turn. It is a land of bogs and ponds, rocks and very sparse vegetation that is heavily influenced by the Arctic ocean and the wind, rain, ice and fog that come with it. Landing on the south western tip of Newfoundland, we covered much of the province: we went up to the northern tip and across to the ‘Big Land’ of Labrador then across to the east of Newfoundland to Saint John’s and Cape Spear (the most easterly part of North...

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Sep 29, 2009 - Eastward to Gander

We basically drove this whole day, from Gros Morne Park (we did check in on a visitor centre we had missed) over to Gander in the middle of the province. We did find one interest stop we had missed going up the park before - that was a little sign on the highway which said "S.S. Effie". Turned out to be the wreckage of an old coastal steamer which had run aground in a storm in 1919. All the people on board had been saved, and the wreckage left for the decades to take care of. We climbed down to the beach (stairs provided) and had fun...

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Sep 27, 2009 - Gros Morne National Park to L'anse aux Meadows

After a rest day or two (and some laundry) we left our campsite near Rocky Harbour in Gros Morne (pronounced Grow-Morn, by the way) and headed north towards the very top of Newfoundland. We saw so many picturesque little fishing villages along each bay and cove - most with picturesque names as well. And there were lighthouses all along the way, and huge piles of lobster traps (the season was over in the spring here), and other interesting sights. The firewood photo: we saw huge piles of firewood and logs everywhere in the western, northern,...

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Aug 1, 2009 - Gros Morne National Park

We set up inside Gros Morne National Park, reported as one of the spectacular sights in Newfoundland. I don't know about what is later, but it will have to stand tall to measure up to this. We visited the small towns around here and found some great sites, people, and locations. We had a snack at a local bar which had a local band playing Newfoundland folk music, which sounded like a blend of Irish, Scottish, and bluegrass. We have found a few celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Newfoundland and Labrador joining the confederation of...

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Jul 8, 2009 - Tizzards Harbour to Gros Morne

Sunday Raining and overcast today. Taking it easy today and the best way to do that is to have your breakfast and watch Coronation Street. We went into Twillingate and took the Auk winery tour and checked out the Durrell Museum. From the museum you could see huge chunks of an iceberg that broke up that morning. Apparently it was a good thing no tour boats were around because it caused a very large wave when it calved and flipped. We stopped at the Prime Berth and Bill sang us a few Newfoundland songs which was great. We said our...

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Jul 8, 2009 - Rocky Harbour-Gros Morne

Sunny & warm Packed up again and headed out on a 10 km hike (round trip) to Baker’s Falls. It was a 1.5 hour hike in but the terrain was relatively gentle. We went through a variety of terrain, and saw an even larger variety of flowers. The trail was either a narrow dirt path or a narrow boardwalk through many bogs and swamps which proved more of a challenge when meeting someone going in the opposite direction. Along the trail most of the tamarack and fir trees were very stunted and were like big bonsai trees. I guess due to the extreme...

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Jun 26, 2009 - KOA New Foundland

We carried on past Deer Pass, up to the park. Arrived in sunshine but whilst we were in the office booking a site down came the rain. We drove around to our site and waited for the rain to stop before hooking up to the electric and water. Once the rain stopped, we hooked up and went for a walk around the site. A very pretty site with its own lake which you can go canoeing on. Each site is surrounded by its own little forrest enclosing you in away from your neighbours. Managed to beat the rain and had a fire in the evening.

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Sep 26, 2008 - Newfoundland or the Ends of the Earth

Helloooooo! Helloooooo! We're back! Had you wondered if we'd fallen off the planet? It almost feels like we have! We're in Newfoundland and it feels like we're out in the boondocks! My Rogers cell phone has no coverage so far. It's been a long haul these last two days. Yesterday we started driving around 7 am while the kids were still sleeping (shhh, don't tell the authorities)! We were in 3 provinces in one day; we started in PEI, drove through Nova Scotia, and set sail to Newfoundland through the night--ok, maybe we didn't hit...

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Sep 16, 2008 - Day 157 Gros Morne National Park

Day 157 Tuesday 16th September Gros Morne National Park pg 127 C17 We endured an extremely windy night with the van rocking and swaying all night. The wind is a result of hurricane Ike which hit Texas a week ago. It is hard to imagine that the weather in the Caribbean flowing through to Newfy. The morning drive included rain sunshine and wind while heading to Deer Lake where we had lunch, accessed our emails thanks to a local hot spot. It was only a short drive to Gros Morne NP. By the time we got to the NP we were starting to get some...

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