7.19.10 Gros Morne National Park

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Arches Provincial Park, Newfoundland

7.19.10 Gros Morne National Park

 

Beautiful day today!  After a booming thunderstorm storm last, we awoke to a foggy, then gorgeous sunny day! 

 

We drove an hour south to Gros Morne National Park, stopping to admire the triple arches at the Arches Provincial Park. 

 

Our Western Brook Pond email reservations request for 1pm had resulted in a 4pm reservation instead.  However, we waited around and got on as stand-by on one of the two 1pm boats.

Boats for the Western Brook Pond boat tour
  Hooray!

 

We saw some moose!  It was a 3 km walk there and one time, Jazy who was ahead yelled, “RUN!” so I ran to her and apparently just missed sticking my hand out to pet one!  She said it’s head was as big as Lia!  Haha!  The “scream-and-run” is NOT a suggested avoidance technique.  We saw a moose on the way back too.

 

Anyway, the boat tour weather was perfect and we had a fabulous time.  Gorgeous cliffs rising 2000 feet up in front of us, waterfalls, fun travelers on board giving good advice, and nice narration during the trip.  The $120 family cost plus $20 daily park pass was pricey, but worth the great 2.5 hour tour.  (Cash only at the dock).

 

We walked the 1.8 miles back to the parking lot and who was there?  Our friends from the Labrador ferry!  Remember the group traveling who we then saw up at the Red Bay Whaler’s Museum?  They had been on the other boat!  We were so happy to catch up with them again.

Tablelands (UNESCO- middle of earth)

 

It was a long day because we kept going.

 

Drove through Rocky Harbor town again- got take away seafood from Jessica’s, bought propane and gas at the Irvings on the West Rd.

 

Drove south to Photographer’s Paradise point overlooking Norris Point.  LOVELY!

 

Drove past the middle of the earth!  That’s right, the Tablelands is the part of the Gros Morne National Park that gives it UNESCO status.  It is bright red rocky mountains, completely devoid of growth, where the center of the earth is pushed up.  The fossils and soil were matched with the same kind in Africa giving proof of Continental Drift.

Lovely sunset from the back of Ciao Baby!
  Or something like that.  I’m sure Wikipedia can explain it better. :)

 

Drove to the end of the road West to Trout River.  The little town there is very quaint with friendly townspeople waving, knitted socks hanging for sale in front lawns on clotheslines, and a NP campground down a long gravel road at the end.  The NP campground site was $25 with no services.  The kids said, “No way!”  They’re very picky with their campground funds.

 

Drove a fast 12 miles back to the lovely Waters Edge CG in Shoal Brook, where a wonderful view of the sunset over the mountains is blessing us.  Just $20 with tax for electric and water- a MUCH better choice!  Another camping option:  Since Shoal Brook is not within the National Park, one can dry camp at a large highway overlook (of the water) just west of this campground.

 

So we spent a full day at the National Park and enjoyed every minute of the magnificent beauty of Gros Morne.  It is a true Canadian treasure  And how much prettier it was this time in the sun!

 

We're heading toward Twillingate next!  Would you believe Evelyn and Steve left St. Anthony and have passed us?  Ha!  I just got an email from her - we hope our paths cross again soon. 

 

We’re so grateful that we rescheduled the ferry or we would be leaving tomorrow!  Oh my, what were we thinking?  This is a BIG province and we are loving our time on this gorgeous island!

 

 

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Arches Provincial Park, Newfoundl…
Boats for the Western Brook Pond b…
Boats for the Western Brook Pond …
Tablelands (UNESCO- middle of eart…
Tablelands (UNESCO- middle of ear…
Lovely sunset from the back of Cia…
Lovely sunset from the back of Ci…
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Photographers Paradise, Gros Morne
Photographer's Paradise, Gros Morne
Moose on our walk to the Western B…
Moose on our walk to the Western …
Photographers Paradise, Gros Morne
Photographer's Paradise, Gros Morne
Walk to the Western Brook Pond boa…
Walk to the Western Brook Pond bo…
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour- fun …
Western Brook Pond boat tour- fun…
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour
Western Brook Pond boat tour- nice…
Western Brook Pond boat tour- nic…
Western Brook Pond boat tour- nice…
Western Brook Pond boat tour- nic…
Western Brook Pond boat tour- Lia
Western Brook Pond boat tour- Lia
Western Brook Pond boat tour- nice…
Western Brook Pond boat tour- nic…
Walk back from Western Brook Pond …
Walk back from Western Brook Pond…
Western Brook Pond boat tour - walk
Western Brook Pond boat tour - walk
Western Brook Pond boat tour - walk
Western Brook Pond boat tour - walk
Our Labr. Ferry friends!
Our Labr. Ferry friends!
Our Labr. Ferry friends!
Our Labr. Ferry friends!
Photographers Paradise, Gros Morne
Photographer's Paradise, Gros Morne
Lovely Gros Morne drive
Lovely Gros Morne drive
Lovely Gros Morne drive
Lovely Gros Morne drive
Lovely Gros Morne drive
Lovely Gros Morne drive
Lovely Gros Morne drive
Lovely Gros Morne drive
Lovely Gros Morne drive
Lovely Gros Morne drive
Lovely sunset last night at River …
Lovely sunset last night at River…
Lovely Gros Morne drive
Lovely Gros Morne drive
Lovely Gros Morne drive
Lovely Gros Morne drive
Our campground for the night
Our campground for the night
Lovely Gros Morne drive
Lovely Gros Morne drive
Lovely Gros Morne drive
Lovely Gros Morne drive
Tablelands (UNESCO- middle of eart…
Tablelands (UNESCO- middle of ear…
Tablelands (UNESCO- middle of eart…
Tablelands (UNESCO- middle of ear…
Tablelands (UNESCO- middle of eart…
Tablelands (UNESCO- middle of ear…
Quaint Trout River town
Quaint Trout River town
Quaint Trout River town
Quaint Trout River town
Gros Morne NP
Gros Morne NP
Tablelands
Tablelands
Tablelands crater
Tablelands crater
Trout River
photo by: TessaHill