Newfoundland 2013 travel blog

Ice carved canyon

Peet moss bog

Small creek

The canyon we were to explore via the boat

Today will have two journal entries because tomorrow we head north to St. Anthony, Newfoundland and the WIFI availability is unknown If there is anything exciting that occurs during the drive to St. Anthony it will be reported on the next journal entry, whenever that happens. St. Anthony is not looking to good because there have been changes by Adventure Caravans that are not to our, nor most of our fellow caravanners, liking. St. Anthony was supposed to include a one-night stay in a hotel in Labrador and the hotel would allow pets and/or the campground would provide a pet sitter those with pets. That has now changed to simply a very long day on a bus leaving the campground at 0530 and returning whenever late that evening. In addition the wagon-master told us yesterday evening the there is no pet sitting available and there are no dogs allowed on the bus. We and others are not happy.

Today we were going to drive to a place called Western Brook Pond, park in the parking lot, and hike 3 kilometers into the pond where we would board a tour boat for two hour tour of the pond and its associated fjord. That did not work out because of the weather. The rain was very light and no one got really wet on the walk in but as we walked in the wind seemed to get stronger. We waited about one hour at the Western Brook Pond kiosk when it was finally announced that the boat trips scheduled for today were being cancelled because the wind was in excess of thirty knots.

We turned around and hiked out and on the way back to the campground we spotted female moose grazing alongside of the road We stopped but before Ross could get camera ready another car stopped and then back-up to get a better shot and the moose took off. Cherie did get a shot but neither Ross nor Marge was fast enough. Ross saluted the second car as they took off after the moose disappeared.

The following is information copied or paraphrased from the Gros Morne Visitors handbook. The Gros Morne National Park is a World Heritage Site for two reasons. One reason is the “exceptional natural beauty” and the second reason is “outstanding examples representing major stages of Earth’s history”.

“The landscape of Gros Morne tells the story of the Earth’s transformation. The rocks of the Gros Morne National Park and the adjacent parts of western Newfoundland provide some of the world’s best illustrations of plate tectonics, one of the most important ideas in modern science. For this reason, the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural organization (UNESCO) designated the park a World Heritage site in 1987.

Geologists are able to show that 420 to 570 million years ago, the rocks in Gros Morne were part of an ancient ocean. Later these were thrust up to become part of the Appalachian Mountains as two continents collided. The rocks give support for the theory of plate tectonics and have provided important insights into how this process works.”

There Seven Wonders within the Gros Morne include the Layers of Time, Volcanic Coastline, Ocean floor upturned, Undersea Avalanches, Former fjords, Ancient continent, and Tropical Sea Floor. There is no way we could see all of this during the three nights stay we are here and due to weather we were able to see almost nothing. It is our hope that we will return one day and stay for an extended time so we might explore the park in greater detail.

If you ever get the chance to visit this place do so and if you have bucket list of things to see before it is to late put this place at the top of your list and leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy the features of this extraordinary place.

The photos were taken during the hike into Western Brook Pond. Another side note is that Marge met a couple while hiking into the Western Broook Pond and they live in Walnut Creek, California, about 12 miles from where we live, and in addition the wife was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick where Marge was born and raised. It is a small world.

That is all for now,

Ross & Marge

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