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Memorable Day Trip
"Great day to head up the bay!" My brother, Randy, was always excited to get away to the cabin in Ireland's Eye. I was lucky enough to tag along many times over the years. With our things together for a night or two we were off to Old Bonaventure where Randy would meet up with us. From Old Bonaventure the boat trip to Ireland's Eye would take about an hour. With a good forecast and a calm, sunny day we're were on our way. In our glee we headed to the home of our ancestors, Toopes, Hodders, Coopers and Kelleys. Once outside the harbour we could easily view the islands, Ragged Island, Green Island, Anthony's Island and Ireland's Eye. Suddenly it seemed out of nowhere we had no visibility. Thick fog descended upon us. Not to worry! We figured it would leave as quickly as it came. Not so! Just inside Ragged Island Randy slowed the boat's engine. Moving at a snail's pace, it was soon decided to idle the boat's engine. We would do the best we could and wait and watch. After another half hour or so, it seemed the fog was lifting so Randy slowly started the engine steering towards Ireland's Eye. In the blink of an eye, the fog rested "on the water" again and unfortunately for us, it stayed. On this late August afternoon, after another hour and the fog again lifting, we spied on our left a stretch of land we believed to be Ireland's Eye. Happily we steered close to the land and then looming to our right was another stretch of land unrecognizable to us. Realizing that in idling the boat we had inadvertently drifted into Smith Sound. We were on the opposite side of Ireland's Eye Island and the entrance to the harbour. This meant we would have to continue towards Thoroughfare and navigate through the "tickle." We knew darkness would soon settle in and unsure of the fog we continued on with much care. My brother had not navigated these waters previously so this would be a new and uncertain adventure for us all. With their daughter and myself on "Rockwatch" at the head of the 22ft open boat, we guided Randy and the boat through the narrow tickle. One of the biggest challenges facing us that day was looming before us. We both remembered our father and grandfather telling us of a treacherous shoal rock in the middle of Thoroughfare tickle and we needed to safely get past that. Somehow we did! Then we were faced with the longer navigation past Ivanhoe and the upper end of Ireland's Eye Island. By this time the evening sky was closing in. Slowly we made our way past Traytown and finally entered Ireland's Eye harbour under a shroud of fog. This was to be our home for the next four days. The fog settled in and so did we. Our two night stay resulted in almost four. Relieved and thankful we retired to the coziness of the tiny cabin and the eery stillness in the harbour. My brother, Randy, joked about Gilligan and his three hour tour. He the wrote in his logbook and said "Stories will be told by Berdina." This is one of them!
Article - Visit Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland.
My name is Stephen Harris and I am a travel journalist. I sent you an article yesterday. I recently made a trip to Newfoundland and I produced some travel articles on my website for your beautiful province. My girlfriend is from Pollards Point, NL, and could not wait to show her home to me. As I created articles for the places we visited, she produced fun videos of the trip. Below is my website with a link to the article on Gros Morne National Park. Inside you will find an article, photos, and a video. Feel free to share it and to share the video. I will send you a couple of other articles I have one your beautiful province in other emails. Have a wonderful day, and feel free to contact me. :) My best, Stephen Harris https://www.bigbeaverdiaries.com/visit-gros-morne-national-park-in-newfoundland-great-northern-peninsula/
There are many hidden gems in Newfoundland and Labrador, and being from the province I honestly thought I have seen everything and been everywhere. Since moving to Happy Valley-Goose Bay in 2012, my summer vacations to the island have changed. It seems as if I am a tourist in my own province. Growing up on the Great Northern Peninsula it was nothing for myself and my parents to head to a beach for the afternoon for a picnic. Or take off to a pit with family to have a bbq. There was always adventure. Always. When I go home now with children of my own, it is different. You not only miss the sound of your parents in the house you grew up in, it's like being a kid all over again, which is very comforting. But you miss the sound and the smell of the ocean, the birds, how everything is so colourful and inviting, and most of all you miss the freedom that living on the island brings with it. My kids can get up in the morning and grab their bike and go "out the road" to see if there are any kids are on the go. They can run in the woods without being scared. They can search salt water beaches and find treasures galore. They can walk hundreds of kilometers of paths and boardwalks and at the end of every single one is a different surprise. On this trip my parents have been wanting to take us to Cape Norman. I have never been to Cape Norman, which I found extremely weird. My parents only heard about this place a few years past and have been bringing people to this spectacular place since. Cook's Harbour is a very small fishing community with approximately 120 people. From Cook's Harbour you can visit Big Brook and Wild Bight. From Wild Bight you will find the hidden gem of Cape Norman. The first thing you notice are the rock formations. It is out of this world and what a place to explore. The area is surrounded by unique limestone barrens with the most beautiful rare flowers. The main reason people venture there is for the lighthouse, which is also wonderful to see. It overlooks the Atlantic ocean where you can see for miles on a great summer day and enjoy the whales and in our cause the squid hounds that put off a show. Along the way we seen other interesting sights, including an eagle swooping down to get a fish right out of the water. My kids were blown away by this, and maybe eagle nests with little babies peeking out over. There is also a very creative man made out of someone's fire wood with a pole and hook in hand with a giant fish made out of another pile of wood also. This was a great place to stop for a photo! We combed the beaches at Cape Norman for about two hours. Finding all sorts of things. We found sea urchin, more commonly known in our area as "ohs eggs," galore from tiny itty ones to giant ones. Our eight year old has been collecting these from beaches since she was tiny, so this was a great surprise for her! There were giant spiders, the coolest rocks of all shape, sizes and colours. And lost and left treasures from ships, pieces of wood that were coloured in the prettiest red paint. Let's just say, we had two salt beef buckets full when we left that are now sitting on our porch in Happy valley-Goose Bay. I get the hash tag #baycation now, because why would you want to go anywhere else when you can see and do so much in your own province. Can't wait for the next adventure on the Island! Thank you Cape Norman!