Thursday, 15 December 2011

Into Gros Morne

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After breakfast we leave Corner Brook and head north up the side of Deer Lake to the town of the same name. Once here we veer left and take the road to the Gros Morne National park area.

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We drop into the Visitors Centre on the way in and pick up some free maps. I’m tempted by the reference books on flowers and plants, but they are too pricey. Just up the road we pulled over for a short walk up the South East Brook Trail to the falls. It was a pretty walk and at the falls I got talking to a young man who said his father was from Ickham in Kent. That’s about 5 miles from where I was brought up. This man had just been for a swim in the pool above the falls. Must have been a bit chilly!

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For a lunch spot we drove down to the beach where the Baker’s Brook comes into the sea. We found a grassy spot here for our picnic overlooking the ocean. I manage to photograph a skipper butterfly here and also picked some wild strawberries.

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After lunch we drove down to the Baker’s Brook Falls trail-head and started the walk in. It’s 5km and 5km back (on the same trail unfortunately). Along the trail we several kinds of orchid and some flowers that looked like bottle-brushes. The Lady’s Slipper orchids had finished flowering but we saw another creamy-white orchid with a flower in the shape of a dragonfly. We also saw Pitcher Plants and more evidence of Moose. Footprints.

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Some of the people on the trail claimed that they had seen Moose just off the trail in some ponds, but we weren’t so lucky. There were three sets of falls to explore when we arrived and Bill and I spent some time clambering over them and taking photographs. On the way back I had time to walk a smaller trail on Berry Hill and admire the views.

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That evening we stayed at a B&B in Rocky Harbour. We went for dinner at a rather smart place called Java Jacks. The town itself is a scruffy nondescript kind of place. In the evening I walked down town to try and photograph the sunset over the sea. I had to clamber down to the beach by going through a small cemetery.

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