Saturday, October 28, 2017

September 4, 2017 Driving South Along Newfoundland's West Coast

We started our day with sunshine in Port au Choix. The owner of Jennie's B&B told us to leave the curtains open because the sunrise shines right into our room. This was our view first thing this morning.

It takes a long time to drive anywhere because I keep stopping to photograph boats.

We hiked along the coastline to Phillip's Garden which is an area that has been inhabited for 6,000 years by Maritime Archaic, Dorset and Groswater Paleoeskimo and recent Indian groups before Europeans arrived in the 16th century.

The view from the rocks above the parking lot.

With 11,000 miles of coastline, it is very easy to find a hiking trail along the water in Newfoundland.

A historical tribute to Newfoundland's indigenous people who survived by harvesting food from the sea...

...this is not the easiest statue to photograph.

The queen of Newfoundland on her Adirondack throne. 

This grassland is where the Dorset Paleoeskimos had a settlement thousands of years ago.

Hiking along the shoreline anywhere, we always find interesting things that have washed ashore.

Another historical tribute to this area's past.

Lobster traps are found everywhere in Newfoundland.

Christy hiking back closer to the water.

The limestone in this area helped preserve this area for modern day archaeologists. 

The raised land also preserved this area for modern archaeologists. It is believed that many ancient sites were lost to the rising oceans.

We stopped a couple of times to photograph boats in Old Port au Choix.

We stopped at the visitor center where I watched a movie about this site while Chrissy walked through the exhibits.

Then we hiked around the Port Ritchie lighthouse.

I hiked along the rocks on the shoreline.

We began losing our blue skies and sunshine around this time.

The Port Ritchie Lighthouse.

We stumbled across this large fishing boat port in Port Saunders.

We weren't sure if we could walk on the docks...

...but I talked with the crew of one of the boats who said it was okay to take pictures... I did. I also asked if the fishing season was over because so many boats were dry docked. I was told the shrimp season just ended. When I asked if it was a good season for them, I was told the quota was dropped from 750,000 metric tonnes to 225,000 metric tonnes. It wasn't a good year for them.

Most boats had an "Enter At Your Own Risk" sign.

I am so glad we stopped here. It was very cool to me to see these fishing boats up close.
Back on the Viking Trail.

We stopped at Green Point to check out the small village we saw a week ago while hiking on the Coastal Trail. It was windy, chilly and raining, so Christy stayed in the car. The rain stopped but the wind really picked up after 10 minutes of hiking. So I continued down to the shoreline. It felt good to be out of the car so I walked through the fishing village and along the shoreline.

Then I hiked back up the cliffs.

The wind was so strong it was hard to stand still to take the pictures...

...this is a Sound & Sea art installation. You can listen to the sea at the small end of the cone. Let's just say today wasn't the best day to put your ear up to that amplifying cone.
We both love stopping at the park's visitor centers. The ranger always have special places to visit that aren't mentioned in tour guides.

Our next stop was Norris Point over looking Bonne Bay.

We toured the Jenniex House Museum...

...which is a restored home/museum...

...of a prominent family from this area. 
"Come on baby drive south with the one you love" - John Hiatt

On our way south to Corner Brook, we stopped here for one last hike in Gros Morne NP.

Christy looks so small walking through the tall pine trees.

It was a short hike to a series of small waterfalls. We spent the rest of the day driving to Corner Brook in a heavy rainstorm so there were no other stops along the way. Another fun day in Newfoundland ended with a tasty dinner at the Glynmill Inn.