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  • Day0

    A Visit to Tablelands and Trout River

    September 7, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We woke up to another beautiful sunny day with no signs of Hurricane Dorian yet! After breakfast and packing lunches, we headed to the Tablelands where we were able to see the Earth’s mantle. There are only 4 other places in the world besides Gros Morne where you can see this in case you want to add this to your bucket list- Barbeton, South Africa; Disko Island, Greenland; Inyo County, California and Macquarie Island, Tasmania. It was a gentle hike of 4 km round trip in and out. While on this hike, we saw a beautiful halo around the sun that lasted for the entire hike. It was incredibly distinct and clear to the naked eye. Although this is common occurrence, we thought perhaps it was a "sign" since we were in such a special place and so Heather, Diane and I tried touching the rocks to see if we could do some time travel. What can I say- we are Outlander fans! Needless to say it did not work but the laughs we had while posing for the photos were well worth it! The landscape on the hike reminded me so much of Namibia especially Damaraland which made this place even more special.

    There is also a Discovery Centre in this area which we visited. The staff were so friendly and passionate about their work and the displays were amazing. It was here I learned that moose were introduced to Newfoundland in 1904 and guess what...they came from New Brunswick! Yay NB! Four moose were brought over to start the population and be a food source for folks here on the Rock. Who knew!

    Our next stop was the beautiful little town of Trout River snuggled in a sheltered cove on the west coast of Newfoundland. Here we climbed a LONG set of stairs which took us to the top of a hill overlooking the town and the ocean. Beautiful vistas to enjoy with our picnic!

    All in all a really good day!
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  • Day5

    The Bonavista Peninsula

    September 12, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    “From Bonavista to Vancouver Island
    This land was made for you and me...”

    Despite the weather being much cooler, rainy and windy, we did not let it daunt our spirits and set out for a full day of adventure. Our first stop was Port Union which is known for forming the 1st Fishermen’s Protective Union (FPU) and the start of the labour movement in Canada. It prides itself as an example of a town intentionally built by a labour organization. The man who led this movement, Sir William Coaker, organized his first strike at the age of 13!

    Next stop was Elliston which included:
    —Puffins: home to the Atlantic Puffin, the official bird of Newfoundland, Elliston has one of the closest land views of puffins in North America; sadly, I didn’t really see any as most had already left the area.
    —Root Cellars: this initially put Elliston on the map and Elliston declared itself the Root Cellar Capital of the World in July 2000. There are approximately 133 documented root cellars, some of which have survived nearly 2 centuries.
    —John Crosbie Sealers Interpretation Centre which focuses on the story of sealing and the life of sealers. Although dangerous and challenging, sealing was a way of life for many in Newfoundland. This centre also highlights the 1914 sealing disaster where, in one terrible storm, 254 sealers lost their lives. This place was very thought provoking.

    Onto Bonavista where it was time for hot tea and soup at Mufflin’s Tea Room. Delightful! Then a stop at John Cabot’s statue which marks his discovery of the New World. It was so cold and windy at the top that it was only a quick stop for a Kodak moment and then onto Dungeon Provincial Park which is a large hole in the ground with 2 adjacent caves leading to the sea. The “Dungeon” formed when the waves began carving 2 caves into the rock on the ocean floor. As the cave got deeper they eventually carved out an area that could no longer support the overhead rock. As a result, the roof collapsed forming the large sinkhole structure and 2 caves leading to the ocean. It was pretty intense to look over the cliff into the Dungeon below! Not for the faint of heart!

    We ended the day with a fabulous 4 course meal at Fishers’ Loft. It was a great way to end the day. Great food with great friends!
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