We made the trip from St Anthony to Grand Falls-Windsor today, so we’re kinda tired. There’s also no wifi, so no pics to add. I thought we’d pass on the sum of our knowledge learned on the Northern Peninsula.
First, about 40% of the population of Cow Head has the surname of Payne. This phenomena seems to happen in most of the towns, as everyone in an area of L’Anse aux Meadows has the same last name. Mind you there’s only 28 people in the whole town.
Second, most of the people on the peninsula drop their H’s when they speak, so a play about Ed and Ed from Cow Head can be confusing.
Third, bull moose are camera shy. Right after we left the RV park this morning and before I’d even got up to highway speeds we came across a magnificent moose. Once I stopped the truck and Sylvia got out the camera, the moose took off running along side the road, and though I shadowed it for a while it took off into the bush before we could get a picture. Too bad!
Fourth, Icebergs are awesome, and watching them break off pieces is impressive.
Fifth, Gros Morne can be translated to say Big Gloomy, and the name can fit sometimes. We figured that if the weather was decent today when we drove by, we might stop for an extra night or so to see some of the spots we missed. As we drove up to the park we were in the midst of a massive thundershower, and even when we got past it, the mountains were pretty socked in. Once we turned inland the temperature went up about 10 degrees, and the sun came out. Oh well.
Sixth, moose and caribou don’t eat potatoes. As there is no topsoil in most of the Rock, people plant gardens wherever they can. This includes right along the edge of the highways, as that’s where the best soil is if you can believe it. We ran across little fenced gardens in the middle of nowhere all over the northern peninsula. A lady we spoke with said they were all safe from being poached, and that the wildlife in the area leaves them alone too!
Seventh, the locals can harvest firewood with a permit, and they leave it stacked on the side of the road with their permit number on a small sign so no one takes it. That wouldn’t be safe in BC, the wood would be stolen in a heartbeat. The last thing is the locals pick wild Bakeapple berries and use them for baking or preserves like we would do with blackberries.
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