Neil and Lois 50th Anniversary Trip travel blog

The iceberg that we spotted in Notre Dame Bay in Triton

Seagulls on a rocky ledge with fishing village in background around Triton

We passed several bays and coves with hundreds of these buoys out....

A scenic spot along the road to Triton

Another scenic view along the road to Triton

Lighthouse at Triton in Notre Dame Bay

Some of the homes in Bonavista along the coast

Iceberg in the Atlantic out from the Bonavista lighthouse

Lois and lighthouse at Bonavista where John Cabot came ashore in 1497

Craggy shoreline out from Bonavista lighthouse

We stayed at the Kona campground a little later than usual so that we could drive to Triton, another good location for seeing the last of this year’s icebergs and possibly whales. It seems that you can drive out any side road in Newfoundland and see scenic fishing villages, lots of water and mountains. The drive to Triton was very scenic. It didn’t take us to the edge of the ocean as we had hoped, but we did see our first couple icebergs on this trip. They had drifted into the Notre Dame Bay out from Triton. It seems that this area along the coast of Newfoundland is called “Iceberg Alley”. As the glaciers in Greenland and the Artic break up, they are caught in the Labrador current and are carried this way near the coast of Newfoundland. We took a few pictures and headed back to the campground. We hooked up and left Kona Campground around 10:30am and started towards St Johns on Newfoundland‘s only major highway, the Trans Canada Highway One or TCH 1. The drive continues to be beautiful with a few snow caps on the mountains and lakes, bays and ponds everywhere. It is not unusual to drive for a few hours without seeing a house, store or service station. The drivers on the roads are courteous but they do tailgate and drive well beyond the posted speed limits. The maximum speed limit on TCH 1 is 100kmh (60 mph), but they drive much faster than this and will pass on curves, hills or whatever it takes to get around us as we do not exceed the speed limit in the motor home. We drove within 125 miles of St Johns and stopped at a campground on scenic Thorburn lake. Still no WIFI but a quiet campground to stop and stay the night. After setting up, we unhooked the car and drove to Bonavista and Trinity, scenic areas right on the ocean about 60 miles away. In Trinity, we found a trail that we will come back to after Frankie arrives. Bonavista is where John Cabot set foot in 1497 and called this land New Founde Lande. There is a monument dedicated to him there and a National Historic Site. There is also a great lighthouse here that is staffed and displayed by costumed guides and a view of the Atlantic that is unbelievable as it is built on a hilltop with a beautiful craggy coastline. We saw a huge iceberg out from the lighthouse and hoped to see whales but didn’t. The town of Bonavista is very unusual with houses built into the hills of the ocean front and exactly what you would expect in a picture of a Newfoundland sea town. We took a few pictures but the sun was starting to drop fast, and we had a long 75 miles to drive back to the campground along a narrow road with moose crossing signs everywhere. We drove fairly slow as the moose are hard to spot at night until you are right on top of them and a collision with a moose can be fatal to you and to the moose and can demolish your vehicle. We didn’t see any moose and arrived at the campground after 10:00pm.

P.S. There are a lot of tractor trailer trucks in Newfoundland, mostly traveling on TCH 1. Most of them have huge “cattle guards” welded onto the front of their trucks to reduce their damage if they collide with a moose. They also have 2-5 larges spotlights on top of and down the side of their cabs to allow them to see the moose on the road at longer distances at night. When you meet one of these trucks at night, all you can see is something coming at you with 5-7 bright lights . The first time you see it, you think that you are meeting a train. The truck drivers generally turn off all but their regular headlights when they meet a car, as they will blind you if they don’t.

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