I am so looking forward to visiting Newfoundland this summer! I have never been to this beautiful province, but have long wanted to. The tourism ads on TV make me drool, all those winding roads along rocky coastline with crashing ocean waves, the stunning fiords and views of Gros Morne National Park, the steeped in history place of L'Anse aux Meadows, the myriad settlements and places I've heard of in folk songs like I's the B'y ("Fogo, Twillingate, Moreton's Harbour...") Actually I can remember as a little girl being incredibly tickled to discover that those were actually real places! And more recently, being slightly green with envy when M called home last year saying "Guess where I am, mommy? Twillingate!!"
I was looking through the Newfoundland and Labrador official tourism site and saw this:
"Once you’ve browsed these maps, be sure to order your free map of Newfoundland and Labrador along with your Traveller’s Guide – it will be a perfect souvenir when you get home."
Oooo, I love maps, so naturally I ordered one immediately!
For those of you who have no idea where Newfoundland is located:
Here's a screenshot from Google Earth with a few places marked:
Port-aux-Basques is where the ferry from Nova Scotia arrives. To give you a sense of Newfoundland's size, it apparently takes about six hours to drive from there to "Somewhere around here"...where we will be staying and which location will remain vague for two reasons. One being that we're staying at Valerie's house, and I would never put anyone's personal location on my blog, the second being that...um, I don't yet know exactly where her house is in the first place. I trust she'll give me directions at some point...otherwise we'll be sleeping in the car! lol And the others markers are places we hope to get to, but as I said to Valerie, it won't ruin my trip if I don't because I've never been to Nfld before so everything will be new and marvellous to me. Besides, my main reason for going is to spend time with her, everything else will just be a bonus!
And here are a few of Valerie's photos from last year when M went with them. I think they were taken up around Twillingate but not sure:
And one last photo (borrowed from the tourism website) of the gorgeous looking Gros Morne National Park:
We had originally thought to stop here on our way to Valerie's, thinking they have likely seen it more times than enough. But M mentioned that to K, who said "no, wait until you get to us and we can all go together, I know my dad will be up for that and mom's only been there once so I'm sure she will be too!!" Which, in fact, turned out to be the case, so now we are all planning go to Gros Morne together. And also may continue up the West Coast to L'Anse aux Meadows, where the Norse Vikings first set foot on North American soil, centuries before Columbus et al. Both Gros Morne and L'Anse aux Meadows are UNESCO World Heritage sites, by the way.
The hike up Gros Morne mountain takes about 7 hours, I understand, but the website offers this incentive:
"Near Rocky Harbour you'll find the Gros Morne indoor swimming pool, which is open in the summer, and its adjacent 25-person hot tub. This is the ideal antidote for sore muscles after a day of vigorous hiking."
Ok, who doesn't love a hot tub?!