Sunday, November 04, 2007

Newfoundland, at last

At last is right! Mom and I arrived home from Newfoundland a month and a day ago today, and I am finally here to post about our adventures. Hopefully you don't mind seeing more photographs and less writing?

We left Halifax on a Thursday afternoon and made good time to Sydney. There were plenty of bugs on the window to really spice up the photo opportunities, but I decided to post this image of the highway anyways. It's about 20 minutes outside Antigonish, and one of my favourite parts of the highway.

Highway to Antigonish

I have already told you about the snoring, camouflage-bedecked passengers on the ferry. We arrived in Port aux Basques at about 6:30 a.m., and started the looooong drive across the province. It was a dark blustery morning, and we hit pockets of rain the whole way across the province. This was the view of the Table Mountains as we headed through them:

table mountains

Quite atmospheric. The thing about being part of the ferry traffic is that you are in company with many of these cars and trucks and tractor trailers for the rest of the way across the island. You may stop at the Grand Falls-Windsor Tim Hortons, and the other van may stop in Gander, but maybe you will see them again somewhere out of Clarenville. It's a lot of pass, be passed, pass again, look, dead moose! Pass, pass, get passed... you get the idea.

The morning of the wedding I met my friend Caroline for brunch (finishing up her MA in Nfld, but I met her at Dal), and walked up to Signal Hill. I liked the look of this stone building, because it reminded me of a Scottish croft:

Signal Hill

And this was the view of St. John's from Gibbet Hill:

Cloudy St. John's

I like to commend myself for taking some landscape shots, because, naturally, I spent most of my time on Signal Hill looking at the details. A curious flower, a rock and grass-like plant, and of course, a lime sorbet-coloured, leopard-spotted lichen:

nfld10 signal hill flower2.jpg

Signal Hill LichenSignal Hill lichen

I'm skipping over the details of the wedding we were actually in Newfoundland attend, not because it isn't relevant, not because the bride wasn't photogenic (she looked lovely), or that the setting wasn't nice (the reception was held at the Fluvarium, I never knew brook trout could be so cute), but because I didn't take many good pictures (Especially none of me, although I really liked my dress).

On Sunday, we started the drive back across the province! I will finish that up later, but don't worry, it shouldn't take another month to write.

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