Dwight Peck's personal website
Newfoundland is still there (2006)
The island that became
part of Canada about the time that I was watching Captain Midnight
on a 10-inch B+W TV screen and sending in my cereal boxtops for
the code ring.
The Gros Morne National
Park: Last hikes and back to Deer Lake
You may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a good time for
casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught
up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
A grey day, 28 June 2006, looking over the
village of Norris Point and its marine research station on Bonne
Bay from the hilltop on the road north to Rocky Harbour. This
is the historic Jenniex House ("crafts, artifacts, mug-up"),
and we're off for a little walk for an hour or two down to Wild
Cove on the shore.
Kristin at a little picnic spot on Wild Cove,
contemplating the fog, with Woody Point just visible on the right
across Bonne Bay. She's waiting for the weather to clear for a
good view of the Table Lands, shrouded in clouds in the right
The Table Lands (right background) ascending
into the clouds, like a gloomy medieval saint
A different hike now -- Berry Hill Pond, north
of Rocky Harbour, still in the Gros Morne National Park . . .
. . . and still with boardwalks thoughtfully
placed just where they're needed. (Kristin's got lunch in hand.)
Lunch on Berry Hill Pond
A beavers' lodge on Berry Hill Pond
Peaty wetlands, looking very like a potential
Wetland of International Importance ("Ramsar site"), though
so far it's not.
Though nearly 50 World Heritage sites
are also Ramsar sites, so far this one hasn't been proposed
for the Ramsar List.
There is one Ramsar site on Newfoundland,
however, the Grand
Codroy Estuary (arrow right) at the southwest corner of
Kristin and the beaver lodge on Berry Hill Pond
Dwight and the beaver lodge
Time to start back -- in fact, time for still
On the shoreline hiking path just south of
Green Point, Kristin investigates the "tuckamore" (which
as we know from an earlier page refers to "the stunted balsam
fir and spruce trees that grow all in a warped little impenetrable
And impenetrable is precisely the word that springs
to mind (unless you're a tiny rabbit or mole or shrew, or a lowly
worm or republican).
Kristin on the Green Point coastal path going
That's Long Pond ahead, with the Gulf of St Lawrence
behind and out on the right. Yes, still another "Long Pond".
Kristin checking out the hiking map at Long Pond.
A (barely discernible) moose on the far side
of the little lake.
The next day, back to the Jenniex House near
Norris Point for another last look at the Table Lands across the
way . . .
. . . and thence to the Deer Lake airport, with
its security gate . . .
And back to Kristin's church in Brookline. Very,
very nice trip, all in all.
Now all we need to do today is stock up at
Trader Joe's on microbrewery beer, organic wine, and fruit juice
not made with commercial fructose, fetch Alison from Logan airport,
and get ready for a trip tomorrow to the WEDDING
picnic in Vermont.
Parks of Canada
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 17 August 2006,
revised 8 June 2012, 22 July 2013.