I always thought it was simply a term of endearment from Newfoundlanders. They say, "I'm from the Rock," and we all know what they mean, at least around these parts. They mean Newfoundland. What I didn't know before I went there is that it really is a great big 'ole rock.
In the 16 days we spent touring Newfoundland, we saw maybe four farms. And where it is flat, there's huge boulders laying about randomly all over the landscape. Not to mention the cliffs, and the stunted trees, and it's not particularly green in June...at least not next to the Atlantic Ocean.
It's a beautiful place, though, a far cry from the prairies, and we had the best visit an outsider could ask for. We went for a wedding, and the bride's family treated us Albertans to a lobster boil and opened their doors for us, so we saw a genuine side of Newfoundland not open to the average tourist.
Here are a few photos from our trip...and if you've always wanted to go to Newfoundland, Go!
We started off in St. John's and visited Cape Spear, the most eastern point in Canada. A beautiful, barren place, we caught our first glimpse of an iceberg and immediately pulled over to take photos. While we were exploring, the fog rolled in, and the fog horn sounded. It was truly an east coast experience at 2 degrees Celsius with a blasting wind. No complaints from us, though we were happy to get back into the car and warm up.
World War II hidden guns at Cape Spear
Stunted trees called "tuckamores"
The wind was even worse the next day, so we drove north on the Avalon Peninsula to Bay de Verde. A long drive, but we had nothing better to do. I expected Bay to Verde to live up to its name...maybe it's a private joke, but as you can see from the pictures, it is anything but green! Maybe later in the year. It was amazing to think that people settled this barren place. Beautiful in its own right, to be sure, but you'd have to be tough to live here, I think!
Early settlers of Bay de Verde. No, really.
The town (?) of Bay de Verde.
It was some cold wind, let me tell you. And there are a lot of clotheslines in Newfoundland.
And wood piles.
Pulled over on the way up the highway along the coast to take a pic of this beauty.
Near Bay de Verde. Not very green.
Jelly bean houses in St. John's.
And, yes, there are lots of moose in Newfoundland. I freaked when I saw this one on the road...
Moose! Moose! Moose!
View from Signal Hill in St. John's.
St. John's Harbour from Signal Hill.
Cabot House, on Signal Hill.
There's one of the little suckers coming out of his nest.
Thousand's of birds at St. Mary's ecological reserve. No one got pooped on, so far as I could tell.
From St. John's we drove to Norris Point in Gros Morne National Park (with an overnight pit stop because we forgot our dress clothes in the hotel in St. John's and had to drive an hour an a half back to get them, which was not fun and it got dark, etc.). And then it was there, in Rocky Harbour, where I discovered.....
24 Flavours of Soft Serve!!!!!
We stayed in a cabin for a couple of days...visited with our friends who were getting married....had the lobster boil... with a goodly amount of lobster. Much cheaper in Newfoundland than Alberta...by about $600 haha. Quite the lesson in shucking those things, if that be the right term for it.
meet and greet for the wedding and moved to Neddies Harbour Inn.
Family pic...looked like a great place for a bear...and there was a bear sighting at Lobster Cove that day, as we found out later.
And the reason for our trip...it was a beautiful wedding and a fun reception. Credit to Lisa LeDrew Photography...terrific photo!
And hubby and I were screeched in at the wedding. Needed that screech as a chaser for the cod liver oil..yuck! Not recommended lol.