Gros Morne National Park – Post 1 of 4

July 27, 2019

Saturday I took a 2-hour boat ride onto Western Brook Pond, a landlocked fjord located inside Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, Canada. After FINALLY arriving at the parking area (see earlier post!) it was a walk of about 45 minutes down a wide gravel path to the boat dock.

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We would ride back into the roughly 10-mile long fjord, which was originally saltwater but has since transitioned to freshwater, and would provide everchanging views. The mountains and cliffs on either side can be as much as 2,000 feet tall. The fjord covers almost 9 square miles. This fjord is part of the Long Range Mountains which are the northernmost section of the Appalachian Mountains (which start in Georgia and run through western North Carolina).

We were told that caribou will descend from the left side (as we went in), swim across the Pond and climb the other side where they will give birth to their young.

I apologize if you see the tops of people’s heads in some of the photos. Keep in mind, I was on a moving ship and it became extremely windy during the ride. I had to keep popping up and down to shoot photos so as not to block the views of others. I generally took photos facing the front of the boat but would occasionally go to the back and take a shot of where we had just been. You may see what seem to be duplicates or similar shots of the same thing but again, we were moving and I just kept shooting nice images. Add to that, once we reached the back of the fjord we turned around and came back out so we basically saw everything twice.

There are several boat tours available at other parts but my Airbnb host I would be staying with Saturday night said that this was, hands down, the one to pick. I am sure glad I didn’t miss it!

I am saving one surprise from this excursion for a separate post which I will make tomorrow (Tuesday) night when I arrive at my next stop.

But for now, please enjoy!

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Gros Morne National Park – Post 3 of 4

July 27, 2019

More photos from my boat ride onto Western Brook Pond, a landlocked fjord located in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, Canada.

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The photo above was taken after we reached the back of the Pond and had turned around to return to where we boarded.  What you will see next are shots of the trip out.  You may see duplicates of the same photo taken earlier.  These are posted in time order.

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Gros Morne National Park – Post 4 of 4

 

July 27, 2019

More photos from my boat ride onto Western Brook Pond, a landlocked fjord located in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, Canada.

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These were the folks I was sitting with on the boat.  When I saw they were having this scene taken by someone using their camera I snagged one with mine and told them I would be posting it on the blog.  They are from Clarenville, Newfoundland, near where I will be staying the day after I post this!

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Spoiler Alert!!

July 29, 2019 at 826pm Eastern Time

I am getting ready to make 4 posts about the activity I took part in on Saturday at Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, Canada.  I am posting mostly just photos in posts 2, 3 and 4 and will explain what you will be seeing in post 1.  I will load the posts in reverse order so that when viewed top to bottom they will be in the correct order.  If you want to view the photos in the sequence in which they were taken, wait until later when all 4 posts are complete.

Thank you!

 

So where are y’all from?

July 29, 2019

I know I am a little behind again with my posts but I want to share yet another amusing JohnBoy story which happened this morning shortly after I got on the road.  I was driving east on TCH-1 and saw what looked like would make a nice photo in a lake just to the right of the road.  There was already a car parked where I pulled off the road (and I already had my Safety Sam vest on) and there were two people standing on the safe side of the guardrail with a camera on a tripod.

As I walked over the man was telling the young woman with him where to stand down next to the water.  He was going to get a tight shot of her with their camera and said it was ok for me to walk back the road a little ways to take a photo of what I had seen with my smartphone.

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I doesn’t look quite as interesting now as it did this morning.  Actually, the better angle was looking into the sun and I know those photos get washed out on my smartphone.

Anyway, I walk back to the guy and when they take a break I ask him where they’re from.  He replied “Ottawa, Russia”.  Out of habit I immediately said “Welcome to America” and as I was realizing my error he said “Canada”.  I said “Yes, of course.  I live in the US and always use that line when traveling in our country and have only been in Canada a little over 2 weeks…”

Sometimes I can be such an idiot.  I can hear my friends out there saying “Sometimes???”

But wait, it gets funnier.  After they reviewed the photos he just took I said “I didn’t know there was an Ottawa in Russia”.  “No” he said, he pointed to himself and said “Ottawa” and to her and said “Russia”.  Oh, I get it now…