For the most part since we have been east of Thunder Bay, we’ve had decent weather for all of our adventuring. Most of the rain we’ve seen has been at night, or on our travel days which has worked out well for us. Not so today. We’ve been met with a very dull grey wet day, and have had to just deal with it.
We left this morning to see what we could. The first being the nearest town, Rocky Harbour. It is a little town that is spread out around a large harbour. I guess it’s called Rocky Harbour because the harbour is little rocky?
The lighthouse on the point is a Parks Canada site and we got a tour of the quarters as well as a nice display of the history of the area. A buddy of mine from work was born here in Newfoundland, and he’s given us some pointers on what to see and expect here. One thing he mentioned is that we should get used to being called ‘Love’. That didn’t happen when we talked to the young lady manning the lighthouse, but she did call each of us ‘Dearie’ a few times. Maybe the slang has changed since Sted lived here.
We then backtracked a bit to Norris Point on Bonne Bay to check and see if we could pick up tickets for a traditional Newfie music show this evening. It’s being done on a tour boat, and the operators told us that they might have to cancel if the winds come up, so we went to see a local comedy play (firmly based on land) instead. It was called Ed & Ed’s B&B and was playing in a little theatre in Cow Head through the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. It was very funny and we even understood most of the dialogue.
We then travelled on to various viewpoints and stops along the water many of which used to be homesteads or even small communities before the park was set up in the 60’s. In some cases they’ve left the structures behind to demonstrate what life was like before the roads came to the area. And at each site they’ve left the cemeteries in place, and they are well maintained.
At Broom Point they have left the cabin of the Mudge family as well as their boathouse and equipment. Even the family pictures are still on the table, and it’s interesting to see how little life changed for them from the lifestyle of the cod fishermen in the Gaspe in the 1800’s. The only thing different is that they had a one-lung motor to power their dorys.
Our last stop was at Shallow Bay just north of Cow Head which again used to be a small community. This is a nice sandy beach with a great view of the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other, although we didn’t see much of the mountains today.
Shortly after we took these pictures the clouds descended and the mountains were invisible again, and the rain came pouring down. We got soaked. Maybe tomorrow will be better.
PS: Our moose count is up to 4 including one tonight on the way back from the play. The Semi trucks in this area run with additional lights on the top of the cab. They look like a 747 coming down the road, and have monstrous crash bars mounted in front of their grilles. No reason to wonder why, Moose are Huge, and dumb I’ve been told. They have a sign posted just before the park announcing that the count for Moose/Vehicle crashes is up to 19 this year. From the looks of one truck we saw, nobody won those confrontations.