Elephants and Camels

Trip Start May 15, 2008
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Trip End Jul 13, 2008


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Flag of Canada  , Newfoundland,
Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Today started with a short drive to Port aux Choix National Historic Site.  This site focuses on the history of aboriginals in the area, delving into details about the archeology of the area.  It was quite fascinating, seeing and hearing how the scientists piece together their histories! 
 
We drove out to Point Riche lighthouse, where we were met with gusts of wind that made it hard to walk!  Fortunately, they were blowing from behind on the way down to the beach - otherwise, we'd have never ventured down that far! 
 
The rock formations were fun to climb on and we found all kinds of sea treasures in the cracks - sea urchin "shells", mussels, barnacles!  We were actually in search of a caribou in the area, but never found him in the area.
 
Our next stop took us to Daniel's Harbour, where we saw an elephant and two camels.  Yes.  An elephant.  And two camels.  Story goes, a circus truck was driving through town and overturned.  The large animals were corralled there until a later date.  It was a strange site, let me assure you, seeing these hot climate creatures on the shores of the blustery Atlantic!!
 
Our next stop was at a place we had missed on the way up, but told was well worth a seeing.  The Arches Provincial Park is home to a unique rock formation, called the Arches.  (see photos).  I can't explain all of the geology behind it (and don't agree with the time line of millions of years anyways), but can certainly appreciate the power of the water / tides that carved this rock!
 
We traveled south for a bit farther and then headed east towards St. John's.  This is quite the drive, and we knew we wouldn't do it all in a day.  We stopped at Grand Falls - Windsor to camp for the night.  This campsite was the closest we've seen to our BC favorites - the provincial campsites.  The kids enjoyed camping in the "woods" for a night!
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