Regarding the critter in my last post, we since discovered she (or he) is a snowshoe hare. They look and act very like wild rabbits but are a lot bigger and have very large feet. Apparently they were introduced to the island and have since become the favoured food of the local lynx population. And of course people. We are learning a lot about this very different place!
Since we didn't have very far to go today we had a more leisurely morning than usual. Plus the weather was lovely for once! Up at the tippity-top of Newfoundland the remains of a Viking village was discovered in 1960. It was a temporary camp, only used for about 10 years, but the discovery proved that the Norse had beaten the other Europeans to North America by some 500 years. The land is quite barren - of trees at least - but is really beautiful:
Afterwards we walked the trail around the headland back to the van:
August 28 - Gros Morne National Park, NL, Shallow Bay campground. Now we had to make the long drive back down to Gros Morne. This time we saw more than we did earlier because the weather was a lot nicer. We got to see the Arches up close this time:
August 29 - Gros Morne National Park, NL, Trout River campground.
Originally we had planned to stay at Shallow Bay two days but decided to skip the second day and travel down to the south side of Bonne Bay to see the Tablelands. This is a huge chunk of the earth's mantle that is exposed, a unique geologic formation:
Now we're stuck in the van in our campsite which we chose deliberately because we can access the wifi! Weather will be whatever it is despite our wishes otherwise. We're warm and (relatively) dry and not bored anyway.