July 14, 2007
We made a move today after spending a month and a half on the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. It was time to continue our journey east on Newfoundland so we said our goodbyes to our friends, the staff of Tuckamore Lodge. We had become so entrenched in the lifestyle and accommodations at the lodge and Main Brook it was tough to leave.
We left mid afternoon and headed up towards the St Anthony Airport to begin with so that we could take in the entire length of the coastal portion of Highway 430. Turning left onto highway 430 at the junction with Highway 432 we pass by the boggy landscape which is typical of the interior regions of the Northern Peninsula as well as many parts of Newfoundland and Labrador. Once we reached Eddies Cove our journey turns south and skirts the shores of the Strait of Belle and the Gulf of St Lawrence.
At Flower's Cove we took the 20 minute walk out to the Thrombolites, which are thought to be earth's most primitive life forms. These Cambrian mounds are basically clusters of millions of tiny algae and bacteria. Some mounds have been eroded away while others are fully intact, adding to the diverse coastline in Flower's Cove.
After our break in Flower's Cove we decided to make a beeline for Gros Morne National Park since the evening was drawing near. We had originally planned to stay at one of the campgrounds in Rocky Harbour but decided the best was Berry Hill Campground in the National Park just a short distance from the town of Rocky Harbour. We stopped in at the Ocean View Motel while we were in town and booked our places on the boat tour of Western Brook Pond the following day. When we walked out of the Motel the sun was just starting to set ... our cue to get to work!!
With the tripod and camera set up, mother nature put on a spectacular light show for us with the rugged coastline and Lobster Cove Lighthouse as a backdrop. The clouds fanned out and caught the light on their ever-changing underbellies, diffusing and highlighting the colours as the sun constantly changed pitch in the sky and sunk closer to the horizon. It was a magical summer evening and a wonderful start to our trip!
By 10:30pm and with the light of the sun fading quickly, we packed up and headed for the Fisherman's Landing Restaurant for a delicious supper before checking in at the Berry Hill Campground for the night. After setting up the camper we decided to walk out to the booth at the entrance to the campground to pay our fee - it turned out to be quite a long walk but it was a fine evening and we couldn't think of a better way to end an already marvelous day!
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