Road Trip 2015: Days 12-13. Northern Newfoundland

Wednesday | Aug. 19, 2015 @7:00pm
Today was all non sight seeing stuff. First thing this morning I woke up early because the tent was blowing around due to high winds. One of the stakes had come loose again. We later staked down more of the extra supports in hopes that it would blow around less the next night.

We went to Rocky Harbour and did laundry and being tired from our hike yesterday, we just sat in the car while the laundry machines were running. We then went back to the campsite and relaxed until lunch, after which we headed into Deer Lake to get the windshield replaced. We dropped the car off and then went on a ten minute walk to Tim Hortons where we enjoyed iced capps. While in Timmies, we ran into one of the guys that we had met on the hike to Gros Morne. We talked for a while about our travels. The windshield was replaced two hours later and we drove back to the campground, had dinner, and that leads to now. We did buy some firewood to have a campfire for the first time in Gros Morne, and we may stay up late enough to see some stars since its nice and open out, and it looks to be a clear night.

Thursday | Aug. 20, 2015 @6:00pm
The next chapter has begun and it has been more interesting than I thought it would be. We set out northward this morning at a decent time. The road followed the coast and was more interesting than I thought it would be. The terrain to the east was somewhat mountainous and to the west was calm ocean with interesting little fishing villages all along. There were also a decent amount of places along the road where you could see for miles. As we got farther up you could see Labrador across the way and it actually seemed to be quite close.

The Vikiing Trail, Northern Newfoundland
The Vikiing Trail, Northern Newfoundland

We got a campsite at the Pistolet Bay Provincial Park and then decided to head for l’Anse aux Meadows. The drive there were through a few really nice fishing villages…the road was pretty rough though. The displays at the historic site were interesting, especially since the Viking settlement on Newfoundland was something that I remember learning about in history. We went to see the recreated sod houses along with the original remains, which were little more than lumps in the dirt.

L'ans aux Meadows.
L’ans aux Meadows.

We walked a trail that was nearby that turned out to be really nice. Everything was wide open with rock filled grassy plains and wide views over a rocky shoreline. It’s hard to describe but it was awesome. Hopefully the pictures do it justice.

l'Anse Aux Meadows

And then we got gas and made our way back to the campsite. Tomorrow we have to leave quite early to make the Labrador Ferry.

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