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Old 08-05-2011, 11:21 AM   #11
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Re: Newfoundland

Back on the road again!

Heading south from Lanse Aux Meadows we come to a 1920's shipwreck:

The steel is slowly returning to the earth. The cast engine block in the upper right will take a few centuries.


A typical Newfoundland Marsh. Seems like half of the island is marshy.


our hiking destination. Western Brook Pond ~ 3 miles out.


There are miles of boardwalks crossing the Newfie marshes. It would be very difficult to cross otherwise.


Another view of the Western Brook Pond fiords.


A common small fishing village. Since the cod is mostly gone, only small fisheries still exist.


Another village in the fog. The fog is the reason we got so few photos.


A clear day in Gros Morne National Park


The Tablelands in Gros Morne. These are one of the only places on earth where the mantle is exposed on the surface. Happened when the plates collided. Because they are mantle and not crust, they do not support plant life. Geologists flock here to study these and other rock formations.
The Avalon peninsula of Newfoundland is a piece of Africa that broke off and stuck here at the same time.


These rocks at Green Point are Cambrian era (~500 million years old). In reality they are the world standard for rocks of that age and and Geologists come from all over the world to study here.


University Students studying Acidic water flows at the Tablelands

More to follow.

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Old 08-05-2011, 05:09 PM   #12
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Re: Newfoundland

We spent most of our time in Newfoundland in and near Gros Morne National Park. It is a wonderful park with large sections of private land, villages and services surrounded by the park. You can camp in one of eight campgrounds in the park or commercial campgrounds just outside the park - but between the outer borders of the park. Private campgrounds are closer to the visitor center than park campgrounds are. About half of the park campgrounds have showers, all the private ones have showers.

Commercial boat tours operate in the park and in Bonne Bay, which is surrounded by the park. Gros Morne is about 60 miles by 40 miles. It is easy to spend a week there and only see the highlights - which is what we did. Even with the cold and fog, it is a great experience.

The fog and rain are why we have so few pictures.



Eagle in the tree. On a boat tour of Bonne Bay. It was foggy enough that we could only see the shore when we got close. The crew felt bad and offered everyone a repeat tour for free. So, we came back two days later.


Much better


The Tablelands


Woody Point and the Tablelands


Woody Point. The grey building is a good restaurant.

When we left the park, headed south to:


Captain Cook Memorial. Yes that Captain Cook. Honed his skills in Newfoundland before heading to the Pacific.


Corner Brook from the Cook Memorial. 2nd largest city in NF. First chance for good fruit and vegetables.


Why they needed lighthouses


Rose Blanche lighthouse. In use from 1873 till 1942.

That is all for Newfoundland. Next stop Nova Scotia and the trip home.

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Re: Newfoundland

Thanks Mike!

Really appreciate the report. I always want to make it up there but, somehow, always end up 3000 miles west of my home and never east.

Maybe soon.

Keep 'em coming, photo and word-wise.

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