Friday, July 25, 2008
Back from Gros Morne
I am back from Western Newfoundland and Gros Morne National Park . We spent the most beautiful, sun-filled days there, surrounded by extraordinary views of mountains plunging into the sea.
We spent our time hiking, swimming, and exploring the rocky shoreline:
One day was spent on our favourite hike of the region: a long descent through mountainous country down to sea level. The beach below afforded us delicious saltwater swimming.
You can see here why this hike is called Green Gardens:
At the end of each day, we feasted on fresh seafood, topped off by the local delicacy, partridge berry (a.k.a. ligonberry) pie.
One evening we even went to the theatre in Cow Head, to the Gros Morne Theatre where we saw an excellent production of the play Tempting Providence . This play is about Nurse Myra Bennet, a remarkable nurse who came from England in the days before health care in Northern Newfoundland and served as nurse, dentist and doctor to the people in those remote communities. Agreeing to a two-year contract, she ended up staying for the rest of her life. She has been called the "Florence Nightingale of the North".
No trip to Gros Morne is complete without a moose sighting. And we were not disappointed.