A Jon Fish Watercolor
Trip Start Jul 03, 2009
14Trip End Jul 18, 2009
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For the most part Newfoundland has 2 roads, one that runs the entire length north & south and another one that runs east to Saint John.
It is easy to tell, especially in the morning, when you are going to cross a river. The road narrows for the bridge and you see cars parked on the side of the road. These would be the fly fishermen, and they were all out early. I stopped at a few and looked down. Straight out of a Jon Fish original watercolor. Fly fishermen in their waders, fast moving river with lots of smooth river stones, surrounded by primeval forest.
Head up here Jon and bring your waders and paints.
It is also very hard to judge things. When riding roads in the mountains, looking at blue sky, white clouds, blue water, and ground fog, it is almost impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins. It messes with your mind.
I looked several times for a church. Found and Anglican one but I was 30 minutes late for it, too bad would have been interesting. A Roman Catholic one but was an hours early so didn't wait.
Easy drive today, just to Gross Morne National Park. It is a UNESCO site, beautiful beyond compare, unless you compare it to Cape Breton that I was in yesterday, so I guess it is pretty ordinary by Canadian standards.
Tried some "panning for gold" but got chased away by black flies. I need to unpack my bug spray and try it again.
Stopped to fish in 2 different lakes. Didn't catch anything. Usually I just have to travel an hour and a half to NH not to catch anything, this time I traveled 3 days. Just used my bait caster. I will do some fly fishing when I have my 3 day stay during my return trip.
I went to Point Green Campsite in the park. 50 yards from the ocean (although the 50 yards are straight down a cliff but there are stairs) I found "the" prime campsite but it had a reserved sign up, reserved by the Canadian Park Services
There was talk of rain the next morning so I decided to sleep in the back of the van again rather than risk the need to pack up a wet tent. Also, I was beginning to like the ability to make a quick get-a-way.
Bought a stack of wood from the ranger who drives around with a truck load of it. Cooked some potatoes, onions, spices over the fire and burnt some hot dogs for protein.
Dang late sunsets here, way past my bedtime but worth it. The camp faces west over the ocean, actually the Gulf of St Lawrence.
222 Miles Driven NO FERRIES !!
Total 1017 driven 400 miles & 150 yards by Ferry