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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!

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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
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Rocky Harbour – tide pool hunting crabs
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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
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Burnt Hill trail
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Trout River – blue beach glass
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Green Gardens trail – as seen not in the pouring rain!
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Caribou!
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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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