Today is our half way mark through the caravan. Time is going by fast.
This morning we took a boat tour around Bonne Bay in the Gros Morne National Park. It started raining at 7 AM at the campground but it stopped by the time of the boat trip at 10 AM and then it was a little overcast. We were told that it was perfect for picture taking because when it is sunny the reflection off the water makes it hard to get good pictures. As we entered the boat, the owner shook hands with everyone and asked where we were from. Before we started the boat tour, a group of Canadian Navy Search and Rescue Divers left the dock for a training exercise. We had a narrated two and a half hour tour starting at Norris Point, to Bonnie Bay and back into Woody Point, then down by the tablelands and finally back to Norris Point. We saw a Minke Whale which is smaller than a Humpback Whale. The Minke Whale is the second smallest whale and isn't very social. It averages around 30 feet long and weighs approximately 5.5 ton. They can swim up to 24 MPH. First time we would see it, it was on one side of the boat and the next time it was somewhere completely different. We also saw several Bald Eagles perched in trees on the steep slopes. We saw some amazing rock cliffs. We were told that geologists were able to show that 420 to 570 million years ago, the rocks in Gros Morne were part of an ancient ocean. Later these were thrust up to become part of the Appalachian Mountains as two continents collided. More recently glaciers carved this place into the spectacular landscape that we saw today. I know the pictures are not going to do it justice. Just before we got back into dock, three of the four crew entertained us by playing instruments and singing the Nuffie folk songs. What a great time.
The people in Newfoundland are very friendly. Everyone speaks to you, very courteous, will answer any questions you have and just want to tell you about where they live. Just a side note: When the USA was going through its worst nightmare on September 11, 2001, it was the residents of the little village of Gander, Newfoundland that came to the rescue. They opened their homes, hearts and kitchens and also volunteered their time to make crowds of anxious plane people that could not go home to America, feel welcome and comfortable. After being here, we realize how it came so natural for them to respond the way they did.
We were going to stay at this campground for two nights but left when we got back from the boat tour. We traveled 187 miles to the campground that we stayed at when we got off the ferry coming over. One of the ferries broke down and we are going to catch the first one in the morning.
The road was very winding and snaked up and back down the mountains. A giant roller coaster, kind of bumpy and hold on to your hats as you cross the small bridges. We had a rest stop and a bunch of us went to McDonalds. We had a McLobster Meal. Yum Yum