Newfoundland. Not a place that is
known for its balmy weather. When you ask the locals about the weather,
the response is usually "it is what it is". There is a lot of
truth in that simple expression.
In the Northeast we have experienced a very moist
spring/early summer. It rained for 9 out of 12 weekends. So when the skies began to clear in late June and
the temperatures and humidity started to rise, I began to
get very excited about the upcoming trip to the cool climate of
Newfoundland. A beautiful bright sunny day was left behind in Boston. Upon
landing at the Deer Lake Airport, a small airport with only two gates,
Allan, (the AVIS guy), was standing there with the keys to the rental car.
was wet, as if he had been standing in the rain.
So while standing there
waiting at the luggage carousel, I inquired
"Allan, is it
Alan said "Yep, that it
is. First rain in almost three weeks."
The immediate concern was that it was now 11:30PM
and the route to the hotel was a one hour drive up to and thru the hills of Gros Morne
A park which contains a herd of over 1,000 caribou as well as 8,000
moose. The drive in is along a hilly, curving road that literally keeps a
score board on the number of critters hit each year. When we passed it
was Moose 15, Caribou 0.
Rain wasn't an added bonus. Nor did it
give any indication of leaving. Out of the ten
days there, we had 3 days of good weather, 2 days of
gale force winds complete with rain that seem to rip the exposed flesh on
your face. The remaining days were cloudy with showers that ranged from
sprinkles to rain coming down in buckets.
It is what it is. Having said all that
it was still a great experience which produced many wonderful sights.
Numerous moose were spotted, (which the locals refer
to as "Newfie Speed Bumps"), a few caribou, one artic
hare, a lot of humpback whales, (even heard one sing), a few minke
whales as well as icebergs and dramatic fjords. Unfortunately the weather
made it hard to capture good photos. So what follows is some brief
highlights that hopefully will give you a
slight taste of Newfoundland.