Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Gros Morne National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of it's diverse beauty and unique geological terrain.
On our way up the west coast of the island we stopped on the south end of the park, divided from the north by beautiful Bonne Bay. We hiked on the tablelands which is Iike a barren desert in contrast with the forested mountains or the tuckamores, the stunted, twisted spruce and balsam fir trees that hug the windswept coastal headlands.
The tablelands are a geological phenomena that occurred in ages past when tetonic plates collided forcing the Earth's mantle up to the surface. Over time as the rocks weather they assume a serpentine appearance. Once we knew what to look for we saw many of these rocks that looked like snake skins.

Just past the north end of the national park is the Arches Provincial Park.

On returning from the north end of the island we had plans to take a boat tour of Western Brook Pond, an ancient fiord, but rain and low cloud moved in so instead we had a quiet rest day. Not good conditions for photo ops but the grey sky shrouding the gray mountains was what we saw.

A highlight was going to the Gros Morne Theater for an amazing stage production of 'Tempting Providence'. The play was based on the true story of Nurse Bennett who arrive in Daniel's Harbour, NL from England in 1921 and who was the only medical help for over 300 miles of coastline. With a cast of four and five props, a wooden table, 4 ladder backed chairs and a large white sheet the story came alive and we were mesmerized as these props were transformed into countless scenes. A wonderful story of one woman's stubborness, tenacity of spirit, loneliness, love, and an unforgettable contribution to the medical care of the people she learned to love.

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