Sunday, August 7, 2016
In Gros Morne Park
Photos: August 2, 2016
Imagine waking up to this view! The air is clear, the water sparkling and the skies are a perfect blue.
Gros Morne National Park is one of the most spectacular places. It encompasses mountains which are part of the Long Mountains which go right up from Port-aux-Basques to the tip of the Northern Peninsula. These are a continuation of the Appalachians. There are open meadows, bogs, lakes and fjords as well as seacoast. We went to hike up Berry Hill and were greeted by gray jays. They are incredibly friendly birds. One time in Charlevoix they followed along with us as we hiked.
As we climbed higher we were treated to fabulous views. On one side we could see the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Bogs and meadows...
On the other we looked out towards the mountains. The mountain range stretches all the way from Port au Basques to the tip of the Northern Peninsula. They are considered part of the Appalachian chain, cut off from the rest of the chain when the land masses took their current shape.
The park takes its name from Gros Morne mountain, one of the highest peaks in the Long Range. Many people climb it - but it was more than we wanted to tackle! I bumped into someone from CAMMAC and he told us it took them ten hours and sore knees!
For much of Newfoundland’s history fishing has been the chief industry. The Basques and later the French were fishing the Grand Banks in the sixteenth century. Most of the fish was salted and went to Spain and Portugal. Lighthouses were essential to keeping the sailors safe. Each lighthouse has its own pattern of flashes of the lights.
We drove to Cow Head. Jacques Cartier was here on one of his voyages and named the area Cap Pointe. The beach is shallow and with the tide out it seemed to reach quite a way.
We attended a play at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival: As Loved our Fathers by Tom Cahill. It dealt with the referendums in 1948 and the final decision on the part of Newfoundland to join Canada – great to learn more about Newfoundland’s history. The play was beautifully performed and well-written. Lots to think about, - always good when the issues play in your head after you leave the theatre.