August 17, 2017,
235.2 miles, Big Bonnie Bay Pond, NFLD
These pictures were taken while we were traveling along the highway from Twillingate to Big Bonnie Bay Pond.
Our travels have us leaving the coastline and headed up to higher country. It is starting to get cooler and raining, lots of low lying clouds on the tops of the mountains. The roads seem to be getting worse, there are so many potholes, you can’t drive around them. They do give you fair warning with the “Potholes Ahead” signs. What we find amazing is the white or yellow lines are painted right down the middle of the potholes…go figure. There is a speed limit but you can’t drive it, we are about 10-15 miles below the limit due to the rough roads.
There was one highlight on our drive as Guy spotted out of the corner of his eye, a small moose, about 2yrs old, with antlers, that means there was a mom close by…but…no we didn’t see her nor could we stop and take pictures…so no proof…
Our trip to Big Bonnie Bay Pond was relatively easy, we did only stop once to let LaciLou out for a walk. We arrived at 1:00pm, I was thinking great I can get some blogs written and saved to the computer, with no internet for the last month and a half, I haven’t been able to publish them but I have them all writen. As the coaches started arriving at the campground, everyone starting converging outside and talking and laughing…you would think after the month and a half we would have nothing to say…LOL!!!
That night we did not need to cook again….yea!!…the campground had a restaurant so we all preordered dinner, the campground even provided music. Guy had ordered a moose burger and salad, he said it tasted like hamburger and I ordered the traditional Newfie dinner, called a “Jegs Dinner”, corn beef and cabbage, with potatoes, carrots and turnips. I really was looking forward to it as my mom made this for us many years ago, but I was so sadly disappointed as it was not like hers at all, it was very dry and no flavor at all. Oh Well!!! There was a guy singing for us while we were there, a few of us danced and stayed for a couple of hours until it got down to 6 of us and then it was time to call it quits.
We were going to leave the next morning, only spending one night at this camp and heading out to St. Barbe to go on the ferry for Labradore. There was the Newfoundland Insectrarium & Butterfly Pavillion not far from the camp. We left at 8:30am the next morning so we could be there when it opened.
The owner, took us on a tour of the main display area with mounted insects from around the world, and organized by geographical region, thru the butterfly indoor garden where the tropical butterflies from all around the world were flying around us.
We went up to the second floor where the insects were located. The owner talked about honey bees and the queen and her roll as the queen, as well as the drones (males), and the roll of the females.
Pigeon Cove/St Barbe RV Center, NFLD
After the tour we packed up and headed to St Barbe to get ready for our ferry ride to Labradore. It rained the whole way and continued the rest of the day. There were a couple of stops on the way that Guy and I wanted to see, one the Torrent River Salmon Center. The information said there was a boardwalk down to an area that it was great for viewing “moose” and salmon. It was raining so hard when we got to the turn we decided that neither one of us wanted to walk in the rain. Darn!! We have missed the elusive “moose” again!!
It was still raining that night, Guy and I had dinner in the coach hoping it would stop before we needed to leave the next morning. The ferry to Labradore was leaving at 7:30am the next morning, we left our coaches at 6:45am…due to the rain and rough weather the ferry was late getting into port, we didn’t leave until 8:15am.
We were standing out in 50 degree weather with 35 mph winds for over an hour waiting for the ferry. The ferry ride over to Labrador was ruff due to the high wind and seas.
Our bus was picking us up at the ferry…we were surprised when we saw the bus, it was your typical school bus…we sure laughed about that…it had been a long time since any of us had been on a school bus. Let’s just say I would not want to do it again, the roads were so rough, the bus must not have had springs, we were thrown around that bus like toothpicks….it was a miserable trip. Hence, we sat on the school bus bouncing for 50 miles down the only road in Labrador, and you guessed it with lots of potholes. Once we got to Red Bay we had lunch in what was the only restaurant in town. The whole town has a population of 115 people and it is one of the largest towns in Labrador.
After lunch we walked across the street to the Red Bay Museum. This place was interesting because it was full of items from the 1500s that had been dug up in archeological digs in the area. They dug the bay due to the numerous ship wrecks that had taken place in the 1500s. The recovered may artifacts from the bay area and are on display in the museum.
After the museum we went to the Red Bay Straits display that was just a block away. It was all about the discovery of a sunken whaling ship. They also had in this building a 400 year old Chupla boat that was found buried in the bay.
Our school bus also took us to the Point Armour lighthouse, which was not far from where we had lunch. The lighthouse is the tallest building in Labrador and the tallest lighthouse in NFLD and Labrador. It is 90 ft above ground, has 6 ft thick walls, with windows that are 1/4″ thick. The lighthouse remained in service until the early 1960’s, it started service in 1903. The occulting light produced 3 beams of light every minute.
We can all say we have now been in Labradore!! Labrador is a very large area, it is dry, not many trees, lots of rocks and low lying shrubs. There is only 2 main roads in Labradore, the one we were on, which was about 60-70 miles long and connects to a dirt road which is closed.
If you head towards Labrador City about 1,100 miles away, the road is dirt/gravel, and eventually closer to the city it will be paved. The only way to have access to any of the coastal towns, which is where the indigenous people live, is by plane or boat. Most of the young people that grew up in Labradore have left the area, which leaves an aging population.
Thanks for following along on “Our Rovin Journey” thru Labradore, come on back and see what we see what it’s like to attend a Viking Feast and Village, in St. Anthony, NFLD,