June 4, 2007:
We headed off today to explore the communities of the French Shore on the eastern side of the Northern Peninsula. Our ulterior motive was to find some large towering icebergs beached in or near their little harbours.
We're staying at Tuckamore Lodge in Main Brook, situated along Highway 432 which is also known as the Grenfell Trail. The drive to St Julien's from Tuckamore Lodge is approximately 30 kms (18 miles), mostly on a gravel road. The road itself (highway 438) cuts across from highway 432 to the east coast on a small peninsula-like piece of land which struts out into Hare Bay further north.
Enroute we pass by some interesting landscapes. The rocky tundra-like land is, in some parts, covered by forest while other parts are wide open areas where the moose like to graze. Certainly be aware of moose, they are seen in abundance along the sides of the road where the grass is the greenest after the long winter. Black Bears, and caribou are also about at this time of year, however on this trip we didn't see any.
As we pulled into St Julien's and overlooked the harbour, we had a wonderful view of the community seemingly perched on the edge of the water. Unfortunately, there were no large icebergs backdropping the harbour and community but lumps of pack ice, beached in the harbour, made for some interesting pictures of ice formations with their pure white or vivid blue colors. Many of the large icebergs were still stuck in the pack ice (which can be seen in this picture - the white line on the horizon) and not able to move freely. As soon as the pack ice melts there is a good chance that the icebergs will move close to the coastal communities.
We decided to head back out to highway 432, and travel further south east towards Roddickton along highway 433. A little before Roddickton we turn off again onto another gravel road (highway 434) and make our way to Conche. In Conche, there is also plenty of pack ice bobbing on the well protected harbour waters and these also make interesting ice pictures some accessorised with the odd sea gull.
We'd had a ton of fresh air and activity today and felt it, so headed back to Tuckamore Lodge where yet another delightful dinner awaited.
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