Friday, July 10, 2009

Day 190: Arriving at The Rock


Day 180: Arriving at The Rock, originally uploaded by susanvg.

Newfoundland is known as “The Rock”. An island of many contrasts, its ground is rock with interesting geological areas to visit. Coming through Placentia Bay to Argentia, we passed these rocky islands, small echoes of the much larger island.

Newfoundland and Labrador have only been part of Canada since 1949. We changed our watches to Newfoundland Time (a ½ hour different from Atlantic Time). As we drove from Argentia to St. John's we passed through areas with differing ecologies. The landscape changed as we went up and down the hills. There were many beautiful lakes and ponds. Most of the trees were softwood – spruce, some stunted as we got to more open areas – probably affected by winds. We passed one area with no trees, which looked like a boulder farm – fields with random boulders and not much growing. The soil is thin here – the rock takes precedence.

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