Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

The first moose we've seen in Newfoundland is also the biggest moose...

Some views along our drive on Hwy 430. There are few places...




Rocky Harbour from Salmon Point.

Rocky Harbour from trail to Salmon Point.

Lighthouse at Rocky Harbour from across the bay.

So many beautiful wild flowers here. We've never seen more anywhere.

Lighthouse at Rocky Harbour.

Broom Point fishing premises.

Luke, our docent, explaining the life of the fishermen here.

All the traps, boats, and nets were actually used by the Mudges....


One of the three tiny bedrooms.

Very small kitchen for one family let alone the three familes that...


Our beautiful boondock site at Parsons Pond.

View of the Atlantic from our dinner table.

(Ron Writing) We left Deer Lake this morning heading north on Hwy 430 to explore the Northern Peninsula. It’s the last major area of Newfoundland left on our list of things to see. After driving a few miles we were in Gros Morne National Park. Gros Morne was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1987. It’s one of the two UNESCO sites in Newfoundland. It received this designation because of its exceptional natural beauty, stunning scenery, and some unique geological features. It is one of the few places on earth where you can walk on mantel rock, normally found deep below the surface of the earth.

Our drive took us north on the main road through the park with a few stops along the coast.

The drive along Bonne Bay was beautiful. Bonne Bay is a large fjord off the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Near the north end of Bonne Bay we stopped in the town of Rocky Harbour. We stopped at the seafood processing plant and purchased more fresh cod and Atlantic salmon. Elena made another delicious cod stew for dinner tonight. We also hiked out to Salmon Point Lookout to enjoy the view of the ocean and Rocky Harbour.

Continuing north Hwy 430 runs right beside the ocean through several small towns. It’s a beautiful drive with the ocean to the west and the mountains to the east. We saw one young moose along the road but didn’t get a photo.

Just south of St. Paul’s at Broom Point is an old fishing premises once owned by the Mudge brothers. The Mudges fished here from 1941 to 1975 when they sold their property to the park. The Mudges also sold all the equipment and furnishings so that today it looks almost exactly as it did during that period. There is a two-story building where they stored their equipment and did some of the work. There is also a very small 3-bedroom house where the three brothers, their wives, and children lived during the fishing season – 10 people in all. At that time there were no roads to this area and it was a 3-hour boat trip to the nearest town that did have roads and a market for their fish. It was a very hard life.

Our docent, Luke, did an outstanding job explaining the site and the operations as well as what life was like for these fishermen. He himself was a fisherman in this area as were his father and grandfather. He could answer any related questions in great depth and detail.

We continued north to Parsons Pond at the north edge of the park. We are spending the night at a gravel lot right next to the ocean so once again tonight we’ll be going to sleep to the sound of the waves hitting the rocks about 20 feet below us.

When we awoke this morning the sky was cloudless but as the day progressed we kept seeing more clouds. By late afternoon it was completely overcast and early this evening we had some rain showers. Now at 10 PM the winds have calmed, the rain has stopped, and it’s 60°.

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