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Newfoundland – Summary

Here’s a quick list of links to each of the posts since there are so many photos in each one… I couldn’t help it!

Total kms walked/hiked during the week: 70km

Day 1: Deer Lake to Rocky Harbour »
Day 2: Tablelands and Green Gardens »
Day 3: Western Brook Pond Tour + north(ish) »
Day 4: L’anse aux Meadows »
Day 5: Port au Choix to Rocky Harbour »
Day 6: Green Point + Norris Point »
Day 7: Woody Point and wildlife »

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Newfoundland – Day 7: Woody Point and wildlife

Newfoundland - Gros Morne Day 7 map

October 2, 2019: 7.6km walked/hiked

We had a lovely final day, sad to leave, but it’ll be nice to see everyone!

A bit of a lazy start, but our final day was planned as more of a drive around and see what we found, explore as we go type of day.

First stop: checking the tidal pools for crabs – found two!

Coffee and another giant molasses cookie next on the plan! We were hoping to see the tuna again too, but no luck. Did see a sculpin fish. One of the tour boat workers identified it for us. He also offered to let us join a cruise tour on Friday since we missed the boat tours of Bonne Bay that were regularly scheduled in September. Very kind, but not worth missing our flight for, haha. We did see eels though! Very cool!

We decided to do a short, 1km-ish coastal hike. Turns out it was 1km… pretty much vertical haha. Wish I’d finished my coffee first! Ah well. My hiking boots have been fantastic, and the expensive hiking socks – worth every cent!

After our hike, we did a quick walk to South Brooks Falls on our way to Woody Point. We didn’t see that much of the area around Woody Point/the tablelands the first time we went since we were hiking in the rain! This time was much nicer!

We checked out the upper deck and just happened to see a pod of dolphins or pilot whales (to be determined!). Then on our way to the car we saw a HUGE bull moose up on the hill about 400 meters up. The parks guy saw us pointing and ran out to bring us their amazing binoculars, the moose was massive! It was so nice of him to make sure we could see it clearly, and he was impressed G spotted it on the hill. We came back up to the Discovery Centre for lunch in the cafe, and hoped to see more dolphins as we ate overlooking the bay.

We drove back to Trout River to beach comb (was raining last time too!), and I found a beautiful blue piece.

On our way back, we saw three caribou on the Tablelands and then another huge caribou a km or two down the road! We were so lucky with wildlife today!

Once the sun started going down, we figured it was time to work our way back to Deer Lake. Had dinner at the Irving, filled up the rental car, got to our Airbnb and prepped for our verrrry early start tomorrow!

Day 8: Woke up at 3:45am… got to the airport, our tiny jar of $7 peanut butter got thrown out in security (who knew??), and we had our bumpy flight home!

nl gros morne rocky harbour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Rocky Harbour – I love how colourful all the siding is here. These cottages go from navy to sky blue, to light blues, to white!
nl gros morne rocky harbour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Rocky Harbour – tide pool hunting crabs
nl gros morne rocky harbour crabs | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Rocky Harbour – tide pool hunting crabs
nl gros morne rocky harbour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
These are the garbage/recycling bins all over the area… I asked if they have raccoons. They said no. I didn’t think so!
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Burnt Hill trail
nl gros morne norris point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Burnt Hill trail
nl gros morne trout river beach glass | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Trout River – blue beach glass
nl gros morne green gardens | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Gardens trail – as seen not in the pouring rain!
nl gros morne caribou | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Caribou!
nl gros morne caribou | kbarlowdesign.com blog
More caribou!
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Hanging the camera out of the car and taking photos.. it’s just so beautiful everywhere along the 430 and 431!
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Highway 431 views
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Lookout off the 431
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Can’t get enough of these views…
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Woody Point Discovery Centre pano from the upper deck
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Snow on Gros Morne Mountain!
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Tablelands… also not in the rain lol
nl gros morne moose | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Woody Point – Giant moose on top of the hill (400m up)
nl gros morne dolphins | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Woody Point – dolphins? pilot whales? not sure…
nl gros morne dolphins | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Woody Point – dolphins? pilot whales? not sure…
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Highway lookout
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Woody Point Discovery Centre lookout
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It’s been a wonderful week!
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Newfoundland – Day 6: Green Point + Norris Point

Newfoundland - Gros Morne Day 6 map

October 1, 2019: 11km walked/hiked

Chilly stay last night. Older place, and the heat didn’t really get through that well. We picked up bread and peanut butter on the way back from Port au Choix, so we had that for breakfast. Food isn’t necessarily that much more expensive, but eating out constantly adds up.

Chilly start to the day too (much different than GTA weather! We saw on the news it was 30C there!), but the sun was out and once you’re hiking you warm up quickly. We drove to Green Point to do the coastal trail, and walked through a forest section, along the beach, and some boardwalk. We got to the river and then walked back after a quick snack (we’ve eaten so many granola bars this week!).

The other side of the coastal trail is the Green Point cliffs that show layers of earth that were horizontal but with the plates shifting got smooshed up more vertical (I’m so technical haha). It’s neat to see all the layers, some dating back 500 million years.

We walked along the tiny group of cottages in the area, beach combing and flipping rocks in tide pools looking for crabs. Found a few old urchin shells that were in good shape, but nothing much else!

By now it was time for lunch so we went back to town (they now know us really well since it’s more or less the only place open in town – and cheapest). I had a BLT, G got chili. We shared a slice of partridge berry pie for dessert!

After lunch we stopped off at our Airbnb for tonight. We’ve stayed in this one before and really liked it. Met the owner (he lives next door), and chatted with him.

We decided to explore Norris Point, and the sun was peeking through the clouds in the most beautiful way, so I made G pull over so I could take photos. We stopped at a cafe, and got a molasses cookie that’s the size of a hamburger bun haha. They know how to do cookies here!!

We beach combed along Bonne Bay, and then before we left, we noticed there was a weird wave in the water, it looked like just how the current might meet, but was odd enough that G got the binoculars out. As I watched the white spot, a HUGE tuna jumped right out of the water! We knew they were in the area the past few days from what the locals told us, but we didn’t expect that! Luckily my shock of seeing a dolphin-sized tuna got G’s attention enough that he saw a second one jump out of the water a few seconds later too! We watched for another 20 mins or so, then saw they’d moved back into the East Arm, so we hopped in the car and drove around to where they moved. We saw them in the distance before we left but didn’t see them again, and I wasn’t fast enough with my camera, so no photos. It was super cool though!

We came back to town for dinner (hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes and carrots for me, fish chowder for G), and we’re settled in our sweatpants to watch tv!

Hard to believe tomorrow is our last day! We’ll see what else we want to see here in the morning before heading back towards the south end of the park and then Deer Lake. Our flight is very early Thursday morning.

nl gros morne green point coastal trail grey jay | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Point Coastal trail – grey jay
nl gros morne green point coastal trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Point Coastal trail
nl gros morne green point coastal trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Point Coastal trail
nl gros morne green point coastal trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Point Coastal trail
nl gros morne green point coastal trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Point Coastal trail
nl gros morne green point coastal trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Point Coastal trail
nl gros morne green point coastal trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Point Coastal trail
nl gros morne green point coastal trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Point Coastal trail – these were only about knee height, perfect for rabbits and small animals to hide under!
nl gros morne green point coastal trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Point Coastal trail – a peek from ground level
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Green Point – view from on top of the cliff
nl gros morne green point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Point – all the layers
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Green Point – such distinct layers showing
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Green Point
nl gros morne green point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Point
nl gros morne green point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Point
nl gros morne green point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Point
nl gros morne green point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Point
nl gros morne green point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Point – there’s tons of these iconic red chairs everywhere
nl gros morne green point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Point water’s edge
nl gros morne green point urchin | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Point – urchin
nl gros morne green point urchin | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Point – urchin
nl gros morne green point urchin | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Point – urchin
nl gros morne rocky harbour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
The sun peeking out from the clouds over Gros Morne Mountain
nl gros morne rocky harbour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
The sun peeking out from the clouds over Gros Morne Mountain
nl gros morne rocky harbour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
The sun peeking out from the clouds over Gros Morne Mountain
nl gros morne rocky harbour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
The sun peeking out from the clouds over Gros Morne Mountain
nl gros morne norris point molasses cookie | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Amazing molasses cookie!
nl gros morne norris point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Norris Point
nl gros morne norris point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Norris Point
nl gros morne norris point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Norris Point
nl gros morne norris point eels | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Norris Point – eels
nl gros morne norris point beach combing | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Norris Point beach combing
nl gros morne norris point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Norris Point
nl gros morne norris point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Norris Point
nl gros morne norris point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Norris Point – I love the colour of that seaweed!
nl gros morne norris point beach combing | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Norris Point beach combing
nl gros morne norris point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Norris Point beach combing
nl gros morne norris point mushrooms | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Norris Point – mushrooms
nl gros morne norris point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Norris Point
nl gros morne norris point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Norris Point beach combing
nl gros morne norris point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Norris Point
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Newfoundland – Day 5: Port au Choix to Rocky Harbour

Newfoundland - Gros Morne Day 5 map

September 30, 2019: 15.6km walked/hiked

We got up around the usual time we have been lately (8ish, that’s 6:30 your time) and had our breakfast once I did a quick check on the beach.

We immediately went to check the lighthouse for caribou but had no luck! We had a windy rainy drive to Rocky Harbour, but the rain cleared up so we stopped at some lookouts along the way. At Broom Point, we saw seals in the water! Did a quick beach comb at a few places and enjoyed the sun being out, finally after three days of rain! We met a couple at the lighthouse from Etobicoke haha. Lots of Ontarians here, and Albertans too.

We looked at doing the Green Point coastal trail (it has fossils), but needed to get a park pass, and figured we’d get a solid hike in this afternoon, so we went into Rocky Harbour to get the pass and find a place to stay for the night.

We decided we had time to do Baker’s Brook Falls trail. It was so beautiful, and we saw a ton of moose tracks – surprised we didn’t see any actual moose! It was marked as a blue square trail (moderate), but was super easy! Flat, boardwalks, only 10km round trip! We did a total of 15.6km today, not bad. Green Gardens was marked as a blue square trail, but it was way harder!

Along the trail there was a moose exclosure that was installed in 2009. It has gates to keep the moose out, and shows the stark difference between the forest now (sparse), and the lush enclosed space, about a couple acres. They’re allowing hunting within the park now to try to control the moose population better. It all started with four moose I think?

We came back to Rocky Harbour and did a quick beach comb while the tide was low. I found a neat piece of pottery (blue willow), and then had dinner at the last restaurant that’s open! We both had burgers, they were great.

Time to relax a bit before bed – and plan which trails we’re doing tomorrow!

nl gros morne point riche lighthouse | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Port au Choix – Point Riche Lighthouse
nl gros morne broom point seal | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Saw a seal at Broom Point! (it’s blurry, but it’s a seal!)
nl gros morne broom point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Eyes are always peeled for glass! (and my poor frozen fingers)
nl gros morne broom point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Broom Point – little cove with seals swimming
nl gros morne broom point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Broom Point – we had a break from the rain but it looks like we’re headed into some more!
nl gros morne broom point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Broom Point – the ocean was this deep dark navy and the white caps were such a contrast
nl gros morne broom point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Broom Point – such sharp rocks, so much texture
nl gros morne broom point | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Broom Point – this adorable couple live not too far from us in the GTA, and were 82 and 86!
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Baker’s Brook Falls trail – the grass was this stunning yellow colour
nl gros morne baker's brook falls trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Baker’s Brook Falls – walking through this flat field was so cool
nl gros morne baker's brook falls trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Baker’s Brook Falls trail – yellow grass and mountains in the background
nl gros morne baker's brook falls trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Baker’s Brook Falls trail
nl gros morne baker's brook falls trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Baker’s Brook Falls trail
nl gros morne baker's brook falls trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Baker’s Brook Falls – down the steps to view the falls from the water level
nl gros morne baker's brook falls trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Baker’s Brook Falls – pano from water level
nl gros morne baker's brook falls trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Baker’s Brook Falls – a nice rainbow off the falls!
nl gros morne baker's brook falls trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Baker’s Brook Falls – back up the stairs!
nl gros morne baker's brook falls | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Baker’s Brook Falls – higher viewpoint of the falls
nl gros morne baker's brook falls trail moose exclosure | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Baker’s Brook Falls trail – moose exclosure area gate
nl gros morne baker's brook falls trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Baker’s Brook Falls – coming back as the sun went down
nl gros morne highway 430 | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Took tons of terrible “from the car” photos, but when the views are this gorgeous.. you have to try.
nl gros morne highway 430 | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Another “from the car” photo
nl gros morne rocky harbour beach combing | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Rocky Harbour beach combing at sunset – a blue willow piece perfectly framed tree… this is a very special piece.
nl gros morne rocky harbour beach combing | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Rocky Harbour beach combing at sunset – thread from a jar lid
nl gros morne rocky harbour beach combing | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Rocky Harbour beach combing at sunset – clear glass amongst the seaweed
nl gros morne rocky harbour beach combing | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Rocky Harbour beach combing at sunset – two cobalt pieces, one with thread from the lip of the jar
nl gros morne rocky harbour beach combing | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Rocky Harbour beach combing at sunset – pretty aqua piece
nl gros morne rocky harbour sunset | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Rocky Harbour beach combing at sunset – me in my element.
nl gros morne rocky harbour sunset | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Rocky Harbour beach combing at sunset
nl gros morne rocky harbour sunset | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Rocky Harbour sunset – there was usually at least a few other people combing this beach too!

 

nl gros morne rocky harbour sunset | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Rocky Harbour sunset
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Newfoundland – Day 4: L’anse aux Meadows 

Newfoundland - Gros Morne Day 4 map

September 29, 2019: 4.2km walked/hiked

Today’s edition is not as full since most of the day was spent in the car in pouring rain.

I got up a bit earlier than G, so I did a quick beach hunt until he was ready for breakfast. This motel is older, but clean and breakfast (eggs any way you like, bacon, fries, and homemade bread) was included!

We did a quick drive towards the lighthouse in Port au Choix to check for caribou. I saw tracks on the beach and others said they saw them nearby earlier. No luck, but we’re going to check it out tomorrow again.

We drove the approximately three hours up to L’anse aux Meadows, rain the whole way and so many potholes! The water also doesn’t drain off the road very well so it makes it tricky to drive on.

The Discovery Centre was neat, there was a 15 minute movie about the history and the area, and then a walking tour. It had paused raining for about half an hour but started again right as the walking tour started. We ended up bailing on the walking tour. It was interesting, but we were just getting drenched, and we weren’t wanting to have another soaker. We checked out the smaller huts and found three characters/actors in the main “house”. A married couple and blacksmith. They were funny and talked about life in the camp. They also made this delicious pan fried flat bread over the fire. It was fried in a LOT of butter. Butter is used in quantities about 3-4x what we’re used to lol. ALL toast at any meal is dripping, fully saturated in butter. G is running out of lactaid lol. They put partridge berry jam on it, and it was great! I could have eaten ten of them haha. It was fun to learn about it all and warm up by the fires. They showed the main bedroom reserved for the highest ranking crew member, then the kitchen and other sleeping area, then the back room was set up for the women’s workroom for weaving and fabric making.

Three hour drive back, more rain. We stopped in Dark Tickle for a bite. I got ham and cheese (buttered on both sides and panini pressed), G got ham, rhubarb and pickle (it sounded so interesting he couldn’t resist). Also buttered on both sides and panini pressed. We also got molasses crowberry buns. They’re like giant dense gingerbread cookies with something like blueberries in it. Very good. The owner was really nice and we learned about the polar bears in the area!

The motel had a live band tonight in the bar which was great!

Tomorrow we’re back to Rocky Harbour to keep exploring the park!

nl gros morne port au choix beach combing | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Beach combing in Port au Choix
nl gros morne port au choix beach combing seeing caribou tracks | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Beach combing in Port au Choix – caribou tracks!
nl gros morne port au choix beach combing | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Beach combing in Port au Choix – the rocks at low tide are so interesting across the whole western coast of NL
nl gros morne port au choix beach combing | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Beach combing in Port au Choix – I love how vibrant some of the debris pops off the grey beach stones
nl gros morne port au choix beach combing | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Beach combing in Port au Choix – this little piece of rope was so colourful against the grey surrounding it
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L’Anse aux Meadows – the old site of one of the viking huts
nl gros morne l'anse aux meadows | kbarlowdesign.com blog
L’Anse aux Meadows – the view from the main hut, cozy inside by the fire, out of the rain
nl gros morne l'anse aux meadows | kbarlowdesign.com blog
L’Anse aux Meadows – the main hut had a “women’s workroom” with different fibres, and this loom to show how things were made
nl gros morne l'anse aux meadows | kbarlowdesign.com blog
L’Anse aux Meadows – the full set up of the loom
nl gros morne l'anse aux meadows | kbarlowdesign.com blog
L’Anse aux Meadows – one of the “crew” making fried pan bread, they were such a laugh, it was really neat to learn about everything through the characters
nl gros morne l'anse aux meadows | kbarlowdesign.com blog
L’Anse aux Meadows – the peat walls – some 6 feet thick to insulate!
nl gros morne l'anse aux meadows | kbarlowdesign.com blog
L’Anse aux Meadows – blacksmith’s hut
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L’Anse aux Meadows – a smaller hut from the outside
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L’Anse aux Meadows – the view of where the first vikings would have arrived
nl gros morne port au choix live band | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Back in Port au Choix – a live band played at the bar in the evening. It was fantastic, they were incredibly talented. The bar was full and everyone danced!
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Newfoundland – Day 3: Western Brook Pond Tour + north(ish)

Newfoundland - Gros Morne Day 3 map

September 28, 2019: 8.5km walked/hiked

Another day packed to the brim. We both feel shockingly good after yesterday’s hike (was that only yesterday?!)… nervous tomorrow may be painful instead, but hoping for the best!

We got ready for the boat tour and picked up our tickets by 10am. We knew the competition for a good spot on board was fierce so I went into “on a mission” mode. Tidied the Airbnb, packed the car, and once we had coffee and muffin tops from a place in town that will be closed for the year as of tomorrow… we were off to jockey for position on the one hour hike to the boat dock. Side note: muffin tops were delicious. Blueberry, partridge berry and chocolate chip were the best.

The hike to the dock was super easy and on a flat road. We passed a bunch of people but ended up chatting with a couple near the front. We got there with plenty of time (they let you board about 15 mins before the 12:30 tour). I basically found any reason to hang out near the line up area for an hour. G had strict instructions to get us a spot in line if he saw others lining up while I went to the loo before the two hour tour. Luckily I was back in time and being in line early/first wasn’t a problem lol.

Another couple started the line up frenzy, with another couple just behind them, so we were in third place, but we strategized the best seat would be top deck, back row. That way there was no one behind us and we’d have a good 180 degrees behind of view. It was VERY smart. The couple that started the line actually ended up moving in front of us because they liked the strategy and we chatted with them a lot, they were really nice – as was everyone we met. I took likely several thousand pictures. It was stunning. Some cliffs are 400 feet higher than the CN tower!!

After the tour information the last part was traditional music with the spoons and tambourine made of wood and beer bottle caps. It was really fun! Freezing and windy but great fun.

We drove up to Cow Head and checked out some beaches along the way, as well as stopping at the Arches Provincial Park. Saw a number of Grey jays and a bald eagle too!

All day we’ve been running into people from the boat tour. They had two boats running, about 70 people on each boat, but between chatting on the hike, waiting in line, and hiking back, we met enough people that we ran into them as we went north towards Port Au Choix.

We got a cheap motel room in Port au Choix and met a few tour people at dinner too. Most were from Ontario (Leamington, North Bay), others from Edmonton but a couple grew up in Etobicoke.

The sun was going to set soon so we did a quick beach hunt before dinner (beach was right behind the motel!), and enjoyed pretty colours as we waited for dinner. I opted for chicken ceasar salad and G opted for cod again lol. Day three. Haha

Tomorrow we’re off to the Viking settlement, then likely coming back south either stopping here (very few places open now including restaurants!) or continuing back to Rocky Harbour depending on how we feel/how long we’re at the Viking settlement. Supposed to rain all day, unfortunately.

Since there are so many photos from the boat tour, I’ve put them into a slideshow below, with a few of my favourites under it:

nl gros morne western brook pond boat tour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Western Brook Pond boat tour – some cliffs taller than the CN tower
nl gros morne western brook pond boat tour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Western Brook Pond boat tour – tin man’s face in the middle of the cliff
nl gros morne western brook pond boat tour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Western Brook Pond boat tour – old man’s profile in the top of the cliff
nl gros morne western brook pond boat tour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Western Brook Pond boat tour
nl gros morne western brook pond boat tour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Western Brook Pond boat tour – that tiny speck of white in the middle on the water was the other boat! Shows the scale of the landscape…
nl gros morne western brook pond boat tour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Western Brook Pond boat tour – one of many waterfalls!
nl gros morne western brook pond boat tour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Western Brook Pond boat tour – again, the tiny white speck of the boat behind us against the landscape… it was stunning.
nl gros morne arches provincial park | kbarlowdesign.com blog
The Arches Provincial Park
nl gros morne arches provincial park | kbarlowdesign.com blog
The Arches Provincial Park – G for scale… trying to scale the side
nl gros morne arches provincial park | kbarlowdesign.com blog
The Arches Provincial Park
nl gros morne cow head beach combing | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Beach combing in Cow Head
nl gros morne cow head | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Beach combing in Cow Head
nl gros morne port au choix beach combing | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Beach combing in Port Au Choix
nl gros morne port au choix beach combing | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Beach combing in Port au Choix – beautiful aqua piece!
nl gros morne port au choix beach combing | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Beach combing in Port au Choix – bonfire green
nl gros morne best hiking boots | kbarlowdesign.com blog
These boots have been awesome. Waterproof, comfortable… we did 70km total during the whole trip, with zero issues!
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Newfoundland – Day 2: Tablelands and Green Gardens

Newfoundland - Gros Morne Day 2 map

September 27, 2019: 17.7km walked/hiked

Started off a bit later than we’d hoped but it’s tiring cramming in everything we can each day!

We started off at the Discovery Centre in Woody Point which has the most amazing view, and some really neat information about how the tablelands were formed.

We set off to the trail a couple of kilometres down the road and hiked it in the rain. It let up a bit and we got some neat photos! Then we drove to Trout River and had lunch in the only restaurant in a 30km radius haha. Luckily it was delicious and had an amazing view of the beach. We both had fish burgers which was a pan fried piece of cod on a soft bun. It was fun to see the birds chasing the fishing boats coming in as we ate.

We drove back to Green Gardens trail and set off with the rain coming down, but every single person we passed saying how worth it the hike was. It was a tough hike! Up and down over and over, some really steep areas and tons of water and mud. We both slipped in the mud. I landed ever so daintily on my butt. G caught himself and only got one hand muddy. The hike was so all over the place but we finally reached the end and it was totally worth it, although there’s no doubt we’ll both be sore tomorrow! The views were great. Apparently in the summer, sheep graze up here (lots of evidence of them being active still, you had to watch your step so you didn’t slip on a pile of poop and slide off the cliff lol) and the field is filled with irises!

Coming back, the rain and wind picked up, the fog rolled in heavy, and it had been about 4 hours in the pouring rain, so nothing was waterproof anymore other than our boots. Sweaty feet but warm and not wet from the elements. We saw a bunny! That was fun. The fog was so heavy we couldn’t see anything, not even the car 100 feet in front of us! The trail was supposed to include another loop back, which I’m guessing is what made the trail a blue square (moderate) hike, but having to turn back once we got to the end of the first trail (the loop was closed due to erosion) meant going back up and down all those stairs again!

We drove back with the heat blasting and the seat warmers cranked up. On the way, we saw a car pulled over so we slowed (no one behind us) and saw the giant moose they were looking at!

According to my app, we hiked 17.7km today, and did 91 flights of stairs. I’m scared how I’m going to feel tomorrow!

Had a bite to eat at the only open restaurant in town after 8pm, and sitting down to watch some tv!

Tomorrow is an easier day with the boat tour and deciding if we’re staying in the area to hike again Sunday or heading north to the Viking settlement, and then resuming hikes in a couple of days.

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Woody Point Discovery Centre view
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Tablelands Trail
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Tablelands Trail
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Tablelands Trail
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Tablelands Trail
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Tablelands Trail
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Tablelands Trail
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Tablelands Trail – stark difference from the colourful trees across highway 431
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Tablelands Trail
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Trout River lunch views
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Green Gardens Trail lookout
nl gros morne green gardens trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Gardens Trail – the extended loop was closed due to erosion… I wonder if it would have been easier than coming back the way we came?
nl gros morne green gardens trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Gardens Trail – our first peek at the incredible views that made the hike worth it
nl gros morne green gardens trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Gardens Trail – peeking out over a very steep cliff to get a look at the rocks and ocean
nl gros morne green gardens trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Gardens Trail
nl gros morne green gardens trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Gardens Trail – volcanic rock on one side, beach on the other
nl gros morne green gardens trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Gardens Trail – the first peek we had was just off that red facing cliff, really need to watch your steps!
nl gros morne green gardens trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Gardens Trail – the stairway down to the beach was all broken up
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Green Gardens Trail
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Green Gardens Trail – foggy walk back!
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Newfoundland – Day 1: Deer Lake to Rocky Harbour

Newfoundland - Gros Morne Day 1 map

September 26, 2019: 5.4km walked/hiked

So thrilled to finally take this trip to Newfoundland. I’ve wanted to see Gros Morne for easily a decade, and can’t wait to start exploring!

We landed at 1:20 in the morning, and luckily the car rental place was still open! We thought we’d have to cab it back in the morning, so we lucked out there, and picked up our Nissan Murano for the week. It was very fancy compared to my little baseline Rabbit lol.

The Airbnb we booked for the night was super close to the airport which was great. We basically fell into bed and slept until about 9, getting moving around ten, neither of us slept that well. Having the flight and the car pickup so late we saved a lot of time being able to get the car last night, but it ate into sleeping hours. Went to an Irving station for breakfast which was pretty good (bacon and eggs).

After breakfast we drove through Gros Morne Nation Park up to Rocky Harbour. The drive through the park was absolutely stunning. I took photos from the car, but it doesn’t even comes close to how beautiful it is.

We got to Rocky Harbour and immediately found the beach so we did a quick comb and then headed to the Airbnb to drop our stuff off. It’s pretty nice, about 500sq ft with a kitchenette and there’s a huge back patio with a BBQ.

We looked at everything we wanted to do this week and chatted with the person at the Parks Discovery Centre who was very helpful in showing us on a map what we wanted to do, what she liked best, giving us suggestions and recommendations.

We’re going to the Tablelands tomorrow and doing the Green Gardens trail since it’s in the area.

Saturday looks like the best weather so far, so we booked the boat tour on Western Brook Pond.

Saturday we’ll also look at the weather and decide if we’re staying another night and doing Gros Morne Mountain on Sunday or heading up to the Viking settlement and then coming back to do Gros Morne Mountain afterwards. I really want to do it but since it’s 806m high – you need a clear day or you’re up in the clouds and seeing nothing for a 10 hour hike.

The Parks person was also kind enough to let me in on her secret beach for beach combing! She could tell how much I’d appreciate it, and it was so nice of her to tell me! (The location will remain a secret.)

We had a couple of hours left of daylight, so we decided to explore the area a bit, and headed up to Lobster Head Cove where we could see the light house and off another road and over some big rocks, a driftwood beach shelter.

After our beach adventures, we realized it was getting later and we hadn’t eaten at all since breakfast so we had dinner at a popular local place. They close Saturday for the year so we’re just squeaking in for places closing. We both had pan fried cod and fries. The cod was also topped with salted pork scrunchions. They were delicious and seemed to be tiny cubes of pork fat heavily salted and fried. Delicious.

We figured we’d get a few snacks and granola bars for the hike tomorrow, which were crazy expensive! We chalked it up to location then found another store with much better (but still up there) prices.

We were told the sunsets would be gorgeous at the beach in Rocky Harbour so we did another quick hunt and watched the sunset.

We thought we should do a bit of a night drive to try to see a moose, but halfway through we decided to call it a day.

 

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Lookout off the 430 as we drove to Rocky Harbour
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Lookout off the 430 as we drove to Rocky Harbour
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Lobster Cove Beach
nl gros morne lobster cove beach | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Lobster Cove Beach
nl gros morne lobster cove beach | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Lobster Cove Beach seaweed
nl gros morne lobster cove beach | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Lobster Cove Beach hunting tide pools for crabs
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Lobster Cove Beach crab
nl gros morne driftwood shelter | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Lobster Cove driftwood shelter
nl gros morne lobster cove lighthouse | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Lobster Cove Lighthouse
nl gros morne lobster cove | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Lobster Cove Lighthouse trail views
nl gros morne lobster cove | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Lobster Cove Lighthouse trail views
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Lobster Cove Lighthouse trail views – watching your footing is very important!
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Lobster Cove Lighthouse trail views
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Rocky Harbour beach combing as the sun sets
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Rocky Harbour sunset
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Norris Point – out for an evening drive looking for moose
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September and Planning

Business Goal SettingI think everyone ends up feeling that “September = Fresh New Start” vibe. For years and years September meant the start of a new school year, a new planner, new supplies, and new things to learn and experience… and sometimes a promise to yourself that you’ll do things differently this year!

It’s natural for us to carry this through into adulthood, and is probably especially true for business owners, with Q4 around the corner, September is a great time to take advantage of that motivation and spend some time sitting down to plan what the rest of the year will look like. See where you’re at with the goals you might have set earlier in the year, and see how priorities might have changed since then.

Download my free 2019 Website and Business Planner and let me know what your goals are for the rest of this year!

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The CF Snowbirds and RAF Red Arrows

I’ve always loved watching the air show, in particular the CF Snowbirds. Back when they were in town for the Raptors parade in July, I spent ages up on the rooftop patio so I could watch them fly over. Their level of skill is just outstanding, they put on such a great show! This year was the 70th anniversary of the Canadian International Air Show, so they also flew with the RAF Red Arrows!

2019 CIAS CF Snowbirds & RAF Red Arrows | kbarlowdesign.com

2019 CIAS CF Snowbirds & RAF Red Arrows | kbarlowdesign.com

2019 CIAS CF Snowbirds & RAF Red Arrows | kbarlowdesign.com

2019 CIAS CF Snowbirds & RAF Red Arrows | kbarlowdesign.com

2019 CIAS CF Snowbirds & RAF Red Arrows | kbarlowdesign.com

2019 CIAS CF Snowbirds & RAF Red Arrows | kbarlowdesign.com

2019 CIAS CF Snowbirds & RAF Red Arrows | kbarlowdesign.com

2019 CIAS CF Snowbirds & RAF Red Arrows | kbarlowdesign.com

2019 CIAS CF Snowbirds & RAF Red Arrows | kbarlowdesign.com

2019 CIAS CF Snowbirds & RAF Red Arrows | kbarlowdesign.com

2019 CIAS CF Snowbirds & RAF Red Arrows | kbarlowdesign.com

2019 CIAS CF Snowbirds & RAF Red Arrows | kbarlowdesign.com

2019 CIAS CF Snowbirds & RAF Red Arrows | kbarlowdesign.com

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