Trinity, Bonavista, Gros Morne & Corner Brook

Trip Start Aug 09, 2008
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Trip End Aug 2009


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Flag of Canada  , Newfoundland and Labrador,
Tuesday, September 2, 2008

We spent a couple of days in the beautiful and picturesque towns of Trinity and Bonavista.

Trinity is a small fishing village and home to Newfoundland´s best loved professional theatre company, Rising Tide. We caught a one woman play the night we were there. ¨Terese´s Creed¨ was about life the way it was in a fishing village in NL and the hardships and joys faced by the community, particularly the women. The story was very well done with great acting by Donna Butt, the co-founder of Rising Tide.


Bonavista is another charming town, much bigger than Trinity. Bobbie wanted to see Newfoundland as it is portrayed on the TV commercials, with clothes hanging on a line to dry with a child running through them. So we scouted around the houses in the community, took some pictures of people´s clothes hanging outside, but didnt find any kids running through them. I hope nobody saw us!

We´ve met some wonderful people in NL. A man in Bonavista who pointed us in the right direction to the library and later offered to drive us around town; the warden at La Manche, just as we were drivng off, ran out and gave us a couple of guide books on birds and butterflies of Newfoundland plus many others who made us feel welcome.

In Bonavista we stopped at a cafe. I (Rajiv) like to sample local food, so I had a dish called thundering flats, pronounced ¨tunderin´ flats.¨ These were pieces of bread dough fried in butter or fat, served with molasses. I´m sure this was a hardy meal for fisher folk or lumber workers at one time, because it sure felt like it.

Stood at the northern tip of the Bonavista Peninsula where John Cabot landed in 1947 and discovered the New Founde Lande.

From Bonavista, we slowly made our way to Gros Morne. The highlight of Gros Morne, was a guided tour of the Tablelands.

The Tablelands are a slice of ancient ocean floor. The place looks like the red planet because the rocks and soil all have a reddish hue. Its right along the highway and very interesting to see that on one side of the highway is this red rock mass and the other side is lush green foliage. It all has to do with the soil.

We had a young guide who was not only very knowledgeable, entertaining and made geology interesting but also allowed for some hands on experience with pipets so we could each see what pitcher plants, Newfoundlands native flower, collected in their leaves to use for food. There were so many other hikes and boat-tours we could have done in Gros Morne, so we plan to come back again . It is definitely worth a visit.

We are catching the ferry to Nova Scotia tomorrow. Sitting in our van at a campsite close to the ferry terminal, we are experiencing the remnants of hurricane Hanna. So we are stuck in the van with lots of time to read and listen to the radio and read some more :)

We have been living in the van24/7 for 4 weeks now and haven´t killed each other, so there is hope!
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lemaire
lemaire on

Eastern ideas
Believe it or not I ate toast and butter with molasses as a kid, but I wish I had come up with a cool name for this like the Newfoundlanders have. I believe that Adele is from Trinity, and may still own land there. Good to see the pictures, it is a big as I thought. I am also very interested in the landscape pictures. The calcium water picture looks like a steam on some other planet. Gotta get back to work.

Ed

kderouin
kderouin on

History Lesson
Hi Guys,

Thank you for the history lessons on each place you have been too. It will give me a chance to see if maybe I would like to go to some of the places you have been to. Hope you are both well and it sounds like you are enjoying every minute, frustrations and all, it's all part of the memories.
Take care,
Kamie

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