July 27, 2019
Saturday morning I left Deer Lake early and drove northwest deeper into Gros Morne National Park than I had been the day before. I had an adventure waiting for me…..
Gros Morne, by the way, means “large mountain standing alone” in French and is pronounced “grow morn”. There is a Gros Morne Mountain to the right of the highway I would be traveling on but I don’t seem to have taken a closeup of it. It does, however, appear in the background of a photo I posted earlier from Woody Point. Gros Morne is the mountain on the left in the background.
And since I’ve been mentioning the variations in mountains since I’ve been in Newfoundland let me say that other than the obvious exception of the Tablelands (see previous post) the mountains in the southern part of Gros Morne NP are very much like the mountains in the eastern US.
But as you drive further north in the Park they become more rugged and majestic.
The mountain which would be next in line to the left in the photo above is Gros Morne.
These warning signs are everywhere up here. Gros Morne has the densest population of moose of any area in the world – and they’re not even native to the island. They were “introduced” here in 1904 and have apparently taken a liking to the place….
Hunting has now been authorized, however, so the herd is getting smaller in size and moose/vehicle collisions are down. Wildlife officials are trying to get the right mix of moose to vegetation so they don’t eat themselves out of house and home. It seems that what they like to eat off the island doesn’t appeal to them on the island and they are eating the “wrong” things.
I stopped at the Visitor Center for the Park to get a map and then drove to the office of the company running my “adventure” to pay for my ticket (they wanted cash onsite and while I have Canadian cash with me I am trying to use it conservatively so I don’t need to get more). The young lady working there scolded me (very politely, as a Newfoundlander would) that I was late and wouldn’t make it to the site on time. Seems that our hero stopped to take too many photos this morning and inadvertently put himself “on the clock”. She very kindly changed my reservation to the next event of the day and I now had time to stop in Rocky Harbour to take even MORE photos!
This is the lighthouse at Lobster Cove Head:
Despite their large numbers I haven’t seen a real moose on this trip (yet) but back in Rocky Harbour was this huge moose sculpture:
Too bad they couldn’t build a backdrop to hide the utility wires and houses behind it….
Back out on the main road I saw this interesting split in the mountain range to my right and ducked in to the next parking area to walk back and take a photo:
The mountains appear dark because the sun is still rising behind them. I started to exit the parking lot to be sure I got to the staging area before my activity started (and not be late AGAIN) and realized that I WAS in the parking lot for that activity. What followed was amazing…