We left Croton Point Park on June 30
and headed North. While on 495 near Lawrence Mass there
was an accident right in front of us and a car with
three passengers flipped over. Surprisingly they were
all Ok. People in other cars stopped and flipped the car
back upright. Since I was the next vehicle behind them
my Dash Cam recorded the whole crash. I gave the mini
chip to the State Trooper who promised to mail it back
to me. He did and now that we are back in Croton and I
got my mail here it is.
We continued on our way to Wells,
Maine and Gregoire RV Park a frequent stop over for us
on our way usually to Bar Harbor but not this time.
Next morning we up I 95 to Houlton, Me
on the Canadian border and stayed in My Brothers Place,
not my brother, not Debby’s brother but a nice
grassy camp ground of that name.
When we called from Florida to make the
reservation the owner who answered the phone was in
Tampa, Fl. I wonder what percentage of seasonal business
people stay up North in the Winter?
The next day we crossed the border into Canada and as in the past it was uneventful although I had unlocked my cabinets on truck and trailer just in case.We also lost an hour as New Brunswick is on Atlantic Time. That night we stopped in Loch Lomane RV Park in Amherst, New Brunswick. I didn’t know it when I planned it but Anne Murray the Canadian Country singer came from there and has a center for visitors unfortunately we didn’t visit. I liked one of her songs something about getting up in the morning and nothing bad was happening in the world, Wish full thinking but a nice song.
The next morning July third and our
55th Anniversary we drove to North Sydney, Nova Scotia .
Debby received several congratulatory phone calls as we
drove. I only mention that because when we got to
Newfoundland there was no phone service. We learned from
Verizon tech support using my phone that they have no
partners in most of Newfoundland. For that mater turns
out they have no partners in New Brunswick either. The
whole thing with Verizon turned out to be a real mess as
she received emails from them notifying her of about
$300 in excess charges. We called using my T- Mobile
phone which we have also been using for internet and got
them to credit her account. Every ?Verizon
Representative we spoke to while in Newfoundland had a
different story. Needless to say we aren't using her
phone or our Mifi and Internet radio devices for the
rest of our stay in Canada.
We pulled into the ferry terminal, took
a short walk in town and went to dinner. Fortunately it
was not the worst anniversary dinner we have had. Quite
the contrary it was very good.
As you may know or not passengers cannot stay in their vehicles while on-board these ferries. Although we had booked a stateroom for the 14 hour return this was only a 7 hour crossing so we elected to spend it in one of the lounges and only catch’s cat naps. A number of people with sleeping bags stretched out on the lounge floor although I have read that is not permissible.
When the ferry docked around 7 AM we had lost another half hour since Newfoundland is on its own time zone. Drove off the ferry and stopped at the visitors center before proceeding to the Codroy RV and Tent park for a two night stay.
After parking the trailer and eating
breakfast at about lunch time we proceeded to the Codroy
Valkyrie Wetlands Visitors Center. We took a nice walk
on the wetlands but didn’t see any wildlife.
After the walk we drove to the Aguila light house and the most westerly point on Newfoundland.
From their we went to the beach were plovers nest but didn’t see any on the beach. We did meet and chat with several other tourists both Americans and Canadians before returning to the campground.
The next morning the 5th of July we
drove back past Port Aux Basque and onto a scenic winding
road to the lighthouse a rebuilt granite building.
Possibly the only remaining granite lighthouses. After a
brief walk up the hill we went into the light house.
While there I climbed the circular staircase until I saw
a ladder at the top and decided I wasn’t going up there.
Debby and I had a nice chat with the two young docents
in the lighthouse.Canada hires high school and college
students as docents for their Federal tourist attraction
including the national parks in the summer. We had
learned this during our last visit when we saw the
operating the manual locks and bridges on the Ridou
On the drive back we
stopped and walked Barachois Falls and on Harvey’s
trail. George Harvey was a local hero who had
saved shipwreck victims about 200 of them between 1828
We went to a grocery store in Port Aux Basque for some produce unfortunately we didn’t buy enough because there aren’t any grocery stores in Gros Morne National Park but we didn't know that at the time. The next morning we went to the KOA in Rocky Harbor a short distance from the visitors center in Gros Morne National Park. Which we visited after setting up the trailer. From the visitors center we took a short drive into town and took a walk in a light drizzle on the bay.
The next day we drove about an hour to Woody
Point on the other side of the bay and the Gros Morne National
Park Discovery Center before proceeding to the Tablelands for a
walk on the earths mantle. Except for the meager vegetation it
looks more like the moon then the earth.
Before returning to the campground
we took a brief walk to another waterfall.
In the morning we drove to the Western Brook
Pond (Some Pond) stopping for a brief walk on the beach and the
last resting place of the S. S. Essie that had run aground on.
Then on to the pond parking lot from where walked about a mile and a half to the tour boat in this land locked fjord for a 2 hour cruise.
We returned to the Campground for dinner and then went to a cute child oriented program describing why Gros Morne is a World Heritage Site at the visitors center.
We were planning to drive about 50 miles North
to Arches Provincial Park but decided to stop when we left Gros
Morne instead we went to a geology talk at Green Point. Gros
Morne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site partially for its
contribution to the modern theory of plate tectonics. There is a
on the beach in English and French this being Canada that reads in English:
In 2000, the global stratotype for the boundary between the Cambrian and Ordovician systems was designated here at Green Point by the International Commission on Stratigraphy. It is located within a bed of shale and limestone (Bed 23) exposed in the southwest facing cliff and shore platform. The level is marked by the first appearance of the condodont fossil lapetognatgnathus fluctivagus 4.8 meters below the oldest known plank tic graptolite fossils.
The site lies within Gros Morne National Park. No collecting or scientific study is allowed without a permit. Subcommission on Ordovician Stratigraphy and Parks Canada.
You may not understand this any more then I do
but you can see the layers each was originally flat and probably
under water put into the vertical position by "uplift" the
last panel of mottled rock was an ancient beach where the water
receded rapidly. Each of these layers took hundreds possible
thousands of years to develop
From there we drove further north to Bound
Brook and a fishing site. Three brothers along with their wives
and 3 children lived and commercially fished here during the
Spring and summer. One brother had two children, one had none
and the third had adopted their deceased sisters son. They
caught lobster and cod, salted the cod and canned cod that they
sold when the season was over.
The all lived in the white house.
Six adults and three children must have been pretty crowded but at least they had a washing machine
After that we drove slightly further North to
Cows head for a grocery stop and short walk in the forest.
There were no actual groceries near our campground and we were
getting produce challenged.
That night we went to a music program at the Lobster Point Lighthouse for a folk music program. A local music ethnologist and the musical director of the Gros Morne theater sang and explained Newfoundland folk Music.