|The Ferry lands at Port-aux-Basques (bottom left), from there I drove north to the park|
After returning to Ontario, I couldn’t keep my mind off of the beautiful place, and wonderful people I encountered. It’s no surprise that about a year later I had a job lined up working for Gros Morne National Park, at the Discovery Centre. This time I would have a blissful 18 weeks to spend working, living and adventuring in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
|Gros Morne Mountain stands alone just right of centre|
|A view of Bonne Bay from the Hills|
During the time I worked for the park, 2008 and 2009, I lived with a local couple in Woody Point. Something that impresses about these two wonderful people is that they work so hard, and live so simply. They have a small amount of land and keep a small farm with a few animals; they grow vegetables in their gardens, which they fertilize naturally with kelp and compost; they hunt and fish to supplement the meat they raise on the farm; they pick berries, bake bread, make jam; and always have time to share stories with curious visitors.
The amount of information that I learned from these two people alone, is amazing. They, and others that I met, became like family to me. I think about them often and all the time they took to share their culture, history, and way of life with me. I want to share what I learned with you. So, as I tell the story of how I became a Newfoundlander at heart, I am going to impart on you the knowledge, stories and skills that were shared with me during my time on the Rock.
Here is a list of some of the things I will cover in my blog, but this is by no means exhaustive:
· Cod: jigging, filleting
· Tracks: Moose, Caribou
· Flowers: Orchids
· Potatoes, turnip, cabbage, beets, carrots
· Rug Hooking
· Hey Rosetta
· Daniel Payne
Fantastic Places that most tourists don’t find!