Little Quirpon

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    • Day4


      May 18 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 0 °C

      Norstead est le seul site viking authentifié en Amérique du Nord. Il reproduit un port de commerce viking tel qu'il pouvait être à l'époque viking (790-1066 av JC), incluant des bateaux.
      Il était malheureusement fermé mais un sentier permet de s'approcher des bâtiments.Read more


      On s'attend à les voir sortir du bâtiment

    • Day4

      L'Anse aux Meadows

      May 18 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 1 °C

      Il s'agit de la plus ancienne preuve de la présence européenne en Amérique. Il y a plus de 1000 ans, des marins scandinaves, en provenance du Groenland, y ont construit un petit campement de bâtiments en bois recouverts de gazon.Read more

    • Day41

      L' Anse aux Meadows

      May 15, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

      Nach dem Frühstück ging es gerade aus weiter Richtung Norden. Der Gros Morne hat zwar noch viel mehr zu bieten, als dass man nur einen Tag dort verbringt, aber ich wollte erstmal an den nördlichsten Punkt von Neufundland. Der Weg nach Süden und Osten der Insel würde mich eh wieder auf der gleichen Straße durch den Gros Morne bringen. Da im Park mal wieder noch nicht alle Einrichtungen auf haben, würde ich so ein wenig Zeit ins Land gehen lassen.
      Ich könnte ja zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt nochmal dorthin zurückkehren.
      Nach ungefähr 4h Fahrt habe ich dann auch endlich den Punkt erreicht, an dem Leif Eriksson mit seinen Männern aus Skandinavien über Grönland den neuen Kontinent entdeckt haben.
      Die Wikinger waren nämlich ca. 500 Jahre vor Christoph Kolumbus die ersten Europäer die den neuen Kontinent betraten.
      In L' Anse aux Meadows fanden 1968 Archäologen Hinweise auf eine Wikingersiedlung welche dann von Parks Kanada rekonstruiert wurde und nun eine National Historic Site darstellt.
      Die Gegend da oben ist sehr karg und der Boreale Nadelwald, den es auf ganz Neufundland gibt, geht über zu Tundra.
      Tundra gibt es dann in ganz Labrador, wo ich auch noch mit der Fähre hinfahren könnte, aber die Temperaturen waren mir hier oben für mitte Mai schon unangenehm genug.
      Außerdem gibt es in Labrador nur eine Handvoll Straßen und die sind bestimmt in keinem besonders gutem Zustand.
      Obwohl die Aussicht Eisbären zu begegnen mich schon interessiert hätte.
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    • Day9

      Wikinger waren tatsächlich hier auf Nfld

      August 9, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Das war gestern der zweite super spannende Ausflug :)) Eine historische, zum Teil authentisch nachgebaute, Siedlung der Wikinger und eine herausragend interessante Führung durch die Ausgrabungen am nördlichsten Zipfel von Neufundland, lassen keine Zweifel aufkommen — die Wikinger hatten hier 8 torfisolierte Häuser gebaut, um eine neue Holzquelle für ihre Schiffe zu finden, und haben bei ihren Schiffen mit selbst gefertigten Eisennägeln(!!) die Planken erneuert... Super spannend zu sehen, wie sie damals das Eisen für die Nägel durch das Zusammenschmelzen von Eisenerz und Kohle gewonnen haben.Read more

    • Day21

      Viking is a Verb?!

      June 25, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 39 °F

      L'Anse aux Meadows. Four hours north of Gros Morne National Park. A World UNESCO site dedicated to the history of the first North American landing of non natives, around the year 1000. Lesson number one: These people that came from afar were "Norsemen". Not Vikings. Norsemen who go "Viking" or warring. That was news to me! Buoyed by the drive by all the glaciers and the amazing bright blue, cool day, I was lovin' this place!
      Look at the architecture of the visitors center...This was a big building built to handle large crowds but it snuggled right in like it belonged. After seeing how the Norse homes were built into the hills, this choice of building impressed me even more.
      The classic fierce head depicted in the sculpture photo is what people know from the front of the Norse boats. Particularly the ones built for viking. They were mean't to ward of the evil spirits so they usually had a head facing their destination and another at the aft of their ship to ward off the spirits who might want to follow them out of whatever harbor they just raided.
      The houses were built from peat that was cut into brick. Thirty people would live in one house with the highest ranking man and his wife getting a separate bedroom. Everyone else would sleep on benches, on planks all cut from hand, around the low, long fire that was perpetually burning in the middle of the dwelling. The photo of the woman walking shows how open the area is. This place was covered in trees when the Norsemen landed but the trees cut here don't grow back because of the soil. The other part of the tannic acid is the fact that it makes a prime situation for making iron. The blacksmith, who made weapons, and maybe more importantly nails for building and/or repairing ships, was a major player in the society. it was determined that this site was never mean't to be a long term stay for this band of people. It was really just a supply run. Wood, metal, and grapes appear to be the major targets. Another site was found as recently as 2015 in southwestern Newfoundland so I'll be keeping that in mind as I travel.
      Today(Wednesday) is my first full day in Gros Morne. It rained hard last night and I lost the integrity of the back window....2a.m...drip, drip, drip. Will duct tape do the trick? I'm sure I will have a rain in the not to distant future to test it out!
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    • Day21


      June 25, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 41 °F

      You know the part in cartoons where there is a big screeching noise? The part where the character skids to a stop, backs up and then its' eyes pop way out of its' head? And maybe they try to say something but they just stumble over their words? That was me yesterday as I drove out to Quirpon and beyond. All of a sudden glaciers were around every corner. The second photo is the view from the elementary school playground where the kids were playing just like ordinary kids, oblivious to how unique their setting was. Can you imagine not noticing a harbor filled with glaciers?
      The other oddity here can be found in pictures five and six. As I've mentioned in the previous post, the land here is boggy peat. With a high tannic acidity. The result is that when trees are cut, they don't grow back. Every home here has a wood stove and it is used almost year round. Each family is allowed to harvest a certain amount of wood from the forest that sits further away from the coast...where trees DO grow back. As you drive down the highways you see piles of wood that I learned sit there to cure. The families eventually come and take a load or two of wood and the process starts all over again. There is no theft here. The joke is that everyone knows everyone else so it is impossible to get away with bad behavior like stealing. Besides, they say, 'It's and island. There is no escape!"
      The other photo, the one of the garden, has a similar story. These pop up next to the highway as well. Highways are under constant construction here. Not the roads themselves, unfortunately for the pothole issue, but the land beside the highways. First of all there are big ditches on either side of the highway to handle the snow and the run-off. BIG ditches. And additionally, the land is cleared for about two lanes wide on either side of the road to give motorists a chance to see moose as they leave the woods.
      That tannic acidity I referred to already makes for tough growing conditions. When the highway is worked on, and the big machines turn the dirt over, the acidity has a chance to leach out making for good, fertile soil. People drive down the road, spot a patch of land and build a garden. Americans do pop-up retail. Newfoundlanders do pop-up gardens. I like that better!
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    • Day8

      West Coast Day 2 - L’anse aux Meadow

      June 23 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Today was another driving day adventure (3+ hours one way) to see a very unique historic location and hoping to see icebergs. We had been told at there were bergs in the area of St Anthony and we hoped to be able to see something from land as we did not plan for another boat tour.
      We set off early from The Turnip and headed to the northern tip of the island. Newfoundland has some of the most diverse geography/topography I’ve ever seen. It was lovely to travel through some of the cutest outports and as we travelled across towards St Anthony it was like a rocky moonscape.
      We arrived at L’anse aux Meadow and set off to explore the site. When you see the location you can truly appreciate and understand why the Viking chose the location - it’s perfectly situated. They have done an amazing job with reconstruction and the interpretive staff are exceptional. I was offered 3 pieces of silver to leave Kev behind and he was offered 2 sheep and a goat for me! And while they figured we could both make beer they were hoping I would stay instead since I was less likely to drink it! 😂
      Before we left we asked the staff where we could see the iceberg at St Anthony and as we had come to expect she provided directions to a great viewing spot. Still not sure what to expect for a view of the berg (just like the puffins) we were pleasantly surprised when we came to the lookout and could see the berg so well! As I was taking some photos, Kev was checking the maps on his phone and he figured there had to be a way to get closer so before heading back south we decided to try out another road and then a very bumpy trail and a short walk brought us to a rocky outcrop and there it was right in front of us!
      Another successful and memorable day 🙂
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