The Big Rock

Published: August 9th 2019
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August 3, 2019 – Corner Brook, NL - Weather: 77°F/25°C, Bright sun in am - partly cloudy skies in pm, wind 8.1 mph, humidity 78°

After crossing the Gulf of St. Lawrence overnight we docked in Corner Brook on the western coast of Newfoundland. The area has been inhabited for over 3,500 years, first by the Maritime Archaic people, the French, Spanish, Portuguese and the British. All were attracted to the area for its fishing, and whaling. This region was extensively mapped by Captain James Cook in 1767, and there is a monument to the famous explorer and cartographer overlooking the city.

Our tour today was to Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This driving tour stopped at the Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse, where our daughter-in-law’s great uncle was the lighthouse keeper. We also stopped at Norris Point lookout, and of course the park’s visitor centre.

The tour included a stop in Rocky Harbour for lunch which was scheduled to be soup & sandwiches and instead turned out to be a fisherman’s platter with salmon, cod, bay scallops, and shrimp, followed by tasty bakeapple and raspberry tarts. Rocky Harbour was picturesque, especially as today was sunny. It is also where our daughter-in-law’s grandfather was born and raised, along with several generations of her family.

After a long day on the road we arrived back with enough time to get ready for a special dinner. Our youngest son and his wife had purchased a dinner out for us in the Pinnacle grill to celebrate B’s birthday . Once a cruise the Pinnacle, one of the specialty restaurants aboard offers Master Chef Rudi Sodamin’s “Sel de Mer” menu, a rich seafood experience.

After waddling our way back to our cabin we opted to stay in, read and go to bed early.

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9th August 2019

Big Rock
Makes me want to go there, but New Zealand is first.

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