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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
nl gros morne tablelands trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Tablelands Trail
nl gros morne tablelands trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Tablelands Trail
nl gros morne tablelands trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Tablelands Trail
nl gros morne tablelands trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Tablelands Trail
nl gros morne tablelands trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Tablelands Trail
nl gros morne tablelands trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Tablelands Trail – stark difference from the colourful trees across highway 431
nl gros morne tablelands trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
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
nl gros morne green gardens trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Gardens Trail pano at the top
nl gros morne green gardens trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Gardens Trail
nl gros morne green gardens trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Gardens Trail
nl gros morne green gardens trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Gardens Trail
nl gros morne green gardens trail | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Green Gardens Trail – foggy walk back!
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