From L'Anse Aux Meadows we returned 265 miles
on what's known as the Viking Trail to an appropriately named
campground Gateway to the North in
Deer Park just off Trans Canada Highway 1 for a one
night stop. We found a nice walking path across the
road along the Humber River and then drove into town for
grocery's and fuel before settling in for the night. After
continuing East on Trans Canada One for a relatively short
distance we got on Highway 340 known as To the Isles Road
and took it to Twillingate. After driving on another not so
wonderful scenic road with many pot holes circled in red
paint, we arrived at Payton Woods Campground. We asked about
walking trails and then took a short walk down to and around
what’s called Back Harbor. Where we returned after dinner to see
the gorgeous sunset.
The next morning we went to a
famous cod fishing museum and searched unsuccessfully for the
trail to a natural arch. The Newfoundland Labrador guide book
rates this innovative historic fishing premises as the number
6 museum in Canada but as interesting and
informative as it is it's hard to believe. I don't think I
have been to six museums in Canada but I still have problems
thinking this is number 6.
We turned back towards the campground but continued on the road to the end at Long Point and the most photographed lighthouse in North East Newfoundland. We tried to go for a hike but the trails looked really steep so we went to town for an unsuccessful walk. Without sidewalks there was nowhere to walk. We did meet and had a pleasant conversation with a local lady. It seems that many people in Canada are curious about our President and aren’t bashful about asking.
Another American in the campground told us about a family of foxes that came out at dusk near the light house. So we went there to see the sunset and the foxes. While there we had a nice conversation with a couple from Maine who told us about an inn on stilts in Fogo Island that charges $2800 a night and requires a tree day stay. As we continued to talk a rather short man drove up in a beat up car. He proudly announced that he was known as the pot hole man. He paints read circles around the many pot holes on the road up from Trans Canada 1. He also told us he had received a call from the aforementioned inn and was invited for a free stay at the inn. He was obviously pleased and sort of gushing as he left to paint some pot holes nearby.
The following morning we drove to Gander the town that hosted the passengers from the over 38 planes with over 7000 passengers that landed there on 9/11. There are two memorials in town one celebrating Ganders aviation history and the other the final resting place of a plane load of returning 101st US paratroopers from the 1980’s. We didn’t stop at either but did our food shopping and continued on to Terra Nova National Park for a three night stay.
Upon our arrival at the Park we went to
the visitors center for a short introductory movie then
went for a walk on the campground trail. The trail took
us down to the shore of Big Brook and back up to the
campground at a different location. We got a little
confused going through the campground to find our
trailer. When we returned I tried our internet and it
worked. Within minutes however, Debby got an email
from Verizon charging her $250 for data usage. I shut
the internet and we called Verizon on my phone because
hers doesn’t work here in Newfoundland. We thought our
Internet radio didn’t work either and it hasn’t until
now. Not that we can use it.
Prior to leaving the U.S. on this trip Debby spoke to a representative and was provided assurances that all three of her devices would work in Canada at no additional charges for voice or data. Those assurances turned out to be meaningless. Furthermore every representative we spoke to at Verizon in an attempt to clarify the situation provided often conflicting information. On the last occasion a supervisor failed to call back as promised. Debby even received an email confirming these assurances . The email was eventually contradicted by subsequent events. The result of all this is the eradication of any trust I have for Verizon. They did credit the $250 but after the last phone confirmation we would be crazy to use the device and her flip phone still doesn’t work.
It was raining the next morning we went over for ice but they had non. It seems as if the ice manufacturer has been effected by the same water advisory in the Park. We had more then half a full tank of fresh water so we are using water we brought with us and aren’t bothered by the advisory except for the ice problem. The store agreed to freeze our blue ice and some water and a nice Newfoundlander was getting ice brought by a friend so he offered to bring us some.
After the rain we went down a large staircase to the coastal trail and hiked about 2 kilometers along the coastal trail before being chased back by the rain.
In 2016 we had gone to Toronto, Ottawa,
Montreal and Quebec City. On a walk along the Ridou
Canal which is part of the Parks Canada system we came
upon two red Adirondack wooden chairs. It seems that
these chairs are all over in the park system at
interesting overlooks. On the 18 th we saw two on our
walk on the campground trail and now on the 19th there
were two more on the banks of the Terra Nova Sound.
The 19th was wet and raining none the less we found a break and walked or hiked (I am not sure I know the difference) on the Coastal Trail. We went about 2 kilometers before it started to rain again so we turned around and went back to the trailer.
On the 20th the sun was shining and it
was a great day for the boat ride we had booked two days
earlier. We drove out of the sound on the Zodiac type
boat to the Atlantic Ocean. On the way we saw three
eagles, two bald and one golden and took time to see the
scenic coastline including a waterfall and grotto. The
water was crystal clear I even took pictures of star
fish and sea urchins. We continued onto an island here
the puffins nest and watched them for several
minutes before turning around and heading back to shore.
When we got back to the dock which is
at the visitors center we took the Coastal Trail
back towards the campground and walked as far as a
waterfall maybe a 1/2 kilometers short of where we
turned around in the rain the day before. We returned to
our car and went to buy ice.
Our refrigerator had stopped working several days prior and we have been using ice ever since. I had spent some time since the diagnosing the problem and am fairly certain our 10 year old refrigerator needs replacement. It’s doubtful we will replace it on this trip so we will just keep buying ice. We also had to throw out a substantial amount of food although we gave some of it away before it defrosted.
That night we went to the campground
theater but the program turned out be be directed at 12
and below. People in animal costumes singing silly
songs. A talent show called Forrest Idol copied
from tv "people have talent" asking the audience
to text its votes to different numbers. Frankly We thought it
pretty lame even as Children’s theater and left.Usually
these Parks Canada shows are excellent but this one
didn't quite measure up.