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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.

 

nl gros morne east arm | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Lookout off the 430 as we drove to Rocky Harbour
nl gros morne lookout | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Lookout off the 430 as we drove to Rocky Harbour
nl gros morne lobster cove beach | kbarlowdesign.com blog
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
nl gros morne lobster cove crab | kbarlowdesign.com blog
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
nl gros morne lobster cove | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Lobster Cove Lighthouse trail views – watching your footing is very important!
nl gros morne lobster cove | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Lobster Cove Lighthouse trail views
nl gros morne rocky harbour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Rocky Harbour beach combing as the sun sets
nl gros morne rocky harbour sunset | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Rocky Harbour sunset
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Norris Point – out for an evening drive looking for moose
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