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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
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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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