A different kind of fun than expected.
We expected our visit to Gros Morne to be all about the scenery and the hiking but it became so much more. Our first stop was at the southwest section of the park – where, after two hikes, we made this boondocking site on the wharf at Woody Point our home base for three nights. We planned on two nights but, woke up to rain on day two.
By 2 pm, the rain let up (sort of) so we grabbed an umbrella and took the opportunity to walk the main street of this quaint fishing village. A sign outside Goliad’s cafe lured us in. “Live music @ 2pm today”.
We were treated to great cappuccino and two hours of the sweetest music – Ryan Laite, followed by Tiffany and Sean who go by Dandelion Few. Both are from St John’s.
The cafe had a nice vibe with maybe 20 locals all here to enjoy the musical treat. We befriended a local woman, Sharon, who stayed to chat with us for some time. She actually lives in the house above where we’re parked and reassured us that, “Of course, it’s okay for RVs to park there overnight. In fact, it’s common.” I’ve said it before but we really love, Newfoundland for this boondocking hospitality. Sharon also suggested some evening entertainment. Again free.
We ended up in the audience of a live taping of the CBC comedy show, “Still Standing”. Everyone in the small town was there – and we made other friends standing in line for the doors to open.
Our seat was beside the camera guys near the back. The show was amazing and we can’t wait to see ourselves (maybe in the audience) on TV (apparently it will be part of the sixth season so it won’t air until 2021).
Still Standing is a pretty neat show. If you’re Canadian and have never watched it, you should. The show highlights Canadian communities through the stand-up comedy of Johnny Harris based on his interview with some of the key people in each area.
As part of the audience, we got to know some of the local Woody Point personalities – a few of whom we had already met at the cafe earlier and others who we met later that evening.
Because the fun didn’t end there. We were invited back to the Legion where we met some of these local “celebrities” and enjoyed chatting about life in this community.
In fact, we went back to the Legion again the last evening of our stay to enjoy a little more time with our new found friends before we moved on. (The beer was surprisingly cheap too, considering the price of all alcohol in NL is so high.)
One thing we admire about the Newfies (we were told it’s not offensive but endearing to most to be called that) is their love of the outdoors. Woody Point, and many other small fishing communities are in the middle of the National Park and the locals walk those trails almost as often as the tourists like us. In fact, we met other new friends on the trails who we saw again in the cafe the next day.
We did three major hikes in this part of the park.
Tablelands is a very unique place in the world. A portion of the earth’s mantle has been pushed up and exposed here. The mantle is a layer that’s devoid of the nutrients that the earth’s surface has elsewhere. That’s why there’s little or no growth here. Geologists from all over the world come here to study it . Even NASA has been here since it’s likened to the surface of Mars.
We weren’t there for the right day to get a guided walk so the visitor center staff gave us a tablet that worked as a guide, alerting us to the details at each stop along the trail. It was a great help for understanding how unique this area is.
In fact, we had several people stop and ask us if we knew what was so unique about this place. Randy was able to explain it to them. Note that he’s hiding the tablet in his left hand 🙂 After his explanation, this couple asked if he was a geologist!!! Those of you who know us, will recognize that we had a few laughs relating back to that over the next few days.
After three amazing days, we left Gros Morne, to move inland while the island prepared for the effects of Hurricane Dorian. Of course, it never really ended up being a threat in this area as predicted. We did return to Gros Morne after a day of hunkering down, so there will be a “part two” to the Gros Morne segment of the trip.
But I’m going to drop you off here for now.