Sunday, August 8, 2010

Day 9 & 10 - July 21 -22

Day 9

Leaving Gander we stopped to visit the Silent Witness Memorial. It marks the crash site of American Peacekeepers returning home from Egypt via Germany and Gander, the fuel stop.

More scenery as we travelled through Terra Nova Provincial Park and arrived at Trinity on the Bonavista Peninsula. Lunch first and then the rest of the afternoon free to wander. The town is blessed with wonderful old buildings ( used in many a film we were told ) and during the summer - Theatre in Trinity Newfoundland and Labrador's history takes to the streets for the New Founde Lande Trinity Pageant, a walking tour of the town led by actors portraying a few of the more outrageous characters from the not-too-distant past.

Just two examples of the pretty houses

View back as you start the walking trail Paul and I used

note the sandy beach.

From higher up the path

We had enough time to walk some of the streets in town

another view in town

We had a snack in the park before heading back to the bus. That's Paul with the umbrella. After an afternoon of walking around without his hat he had quite a sunburn.
Our tour group - 44 in all.

Lupins grow like weeds all along the roadways and seemed especially numerous as we drove out of town.

Back down the peninsula to Clarenville where it was lobster for dinner.


Day 10

More towns, softer landscape now that we are on the east coast. Today we are on the Avalon Peninsula with our first stop Heart's Content, location of the North American end of the Transatlantic Cable. Cable Station Link .. do visit the link... it is really amazing what they accomplished. Heart's Content, on Trinity Bay, was chosen because of it's harbour.

Lunch in Carbonear across the spit of land on Conception Bay and then to Harbour Grace, the starting spot for many early transatlantic flights including the 1932 first female - Amelia Earhart.

DC3, served in Africa until the end of WWII and was later used transporting food and dairy products in Newfoundland.

Paul on the boardwalk in front of the SS. Kyle. She was built in 1913 as a coastal boat and served as a ferry, an icebreaker and a sealing vessel over the years. In 1967 a violent storm struck causing her to break from her moorings. She came to rest intact, "guided to its resting place at the head of the harbour by the seaman's ghost". In 1996 she was painted in original colours and has become a monument to a way of life now gone.

Around the bay and to the Atlantic coast arriving in St. John's, our home for the next 3 nights.


Jayne said...

Oh, the lupins! A cousin of mine loves them and fights to grow them every year lol.
I can see why the town is used in films, is very beautiful, must be hard to live there with such a glorious view!

Rootietoot said...

I am really enjoying your trip descriptions! Such beautiful pictures, too!

Leenie said...

So jealous of your chance to visit such beautiful country!