Bill, Mary Ellen & Bowie - Newfoundland 2018 travel blog

Look out over Lark Harabour

Monument to James Cook who mapped Newfoundland

Lobster Traps

Colourful murals are everywhere

July 23

It rained most of the night and we woke to grey stormy skies that barely held off until we packed up the soaking chairs and moved further west along the trans-Canada. We really loved the west coast and some of the beautiful scenery so we intentionally backtracked along the highway to Rocky Harbour in Gros Morne Park. When we came through here in our way east we found this great fish market at the end of the road on the wharf and never found as good a fish market again so we had to come back. Now our freezer is full of salmon, cod, scallops and prawns that should hold us until we get through the Maritimes. We had one interesting informational/navigational challenges in Deer Lake; it was our Bermuda Triangle. We were looking for fresh water to fill the van and we asked at the information booth in town. They directed us to a filthy RV dump site that looked like it had never been used or maintained so we asked at a local garage where we could get fresh water and they had no idea what we were talking about but in the end we found a small RV park right in town who gave us fresh water for free. Another stop on our list was a visit to a Bank, but between unclear directions from people and confusing routing from Edith we drove around in circles (the town is really very small and I think we drove the main drag 3 times) and we gave up and left in the pouring rain with a very grumpy driver! It was raining so hard at this point that we were dodging huge puddles of water. Sometimes it rained so hard we couldn’t see the car in front of us.

In spite of the rain there was one more place we wanted to get to off the beaten path called Blow Me Down Provincial Park near Lark Harbour (another recommendation from other travelers). We were really looking forward to seeing this part of the island but the weather closed in and the road was some of the worst we have driven on and by the time we arrived we just got the awning up and the rain started. Our plan was to stay 2 nights to give us an opportunity to see some of the area. We saw lots of fog and had a few brief breaks in the sky. We managed a short hike and a drive to the end of the road and lands end on the peninsula.

Next stop is Robinson our second last night before boarding the ferry back to Cape Breton!

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