Father's Day in Newfoundland
Trip Start May 15, 2008
70Trip End Jul 13, 2008
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This is the site where Vikings landed and briefly settled in about the year 1000. We could well imagne what sent the Vikings packing, as it was a cool, dreary day. What would keep anyone here? We decided to brave the cold and go on a guided tour. The guide was thankfully susinct as well as informative!! He knew lots of the archeological dig information. The park interpreters posing as Vikings were also entertaining as well as informative. We were very pleased to have a warm fire (albeit gas, not real!) around which to congregate while we learned more about Viking settlements
After a few hours at the site, we headed back to St. Anthony's, where we had a Sunday treat - lunch out at Tim's. We had really, REALLY hoped to see some icebergs in Iceberg Alley, but no luck. There was just too much fog.
Our goal after this was to get out of that forsaken place!! We drove south and were amazed to see, as we approached the "shadow" mountain from the other side, that the skies were blue on the other side!! Our resting place for the night was Port au Choix - another town with a National Historic Site. We plan on visiting the first thing in the morning and then slowly making our way towards St. John's.
We've put on close to 1000 km since arriving here in Newfoundland. We have a lot of driving to do yet. Hopefully the rest of Newfoundland is a bit more welcoming! We had seriously contemplated taking a ferry over to Labrador, but the weather has been so inclement (and we would have had to make this detour today) that we decided we didn't want to risk a very rocky ferry ride!