The Great Canadian Road Trip: Part 7 – Day 3 In Gros Morne

Our adventures continues in Gros Morne National Park. But before we got to that, my wife needed to do some laundry as she was running out of clothes. So a quick search of Apple Maps lead us to this place that was 11 minutes away from our hotel:

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Here we got a full dose of Newfoundland hospitality. An older gentleman (Matthew I presume) helped us to start a load of laundry and even supplied us with liquid detergent. He then offered to keep an eye on our clothing while we looked around. Alternately, we could use his WiFi. We chose to do the former. Here’s some of the scenery taken with the Nikon COOLPIX W300 camera:

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Here’s a travel tip from my wife:

If you are up for a walk down a very steep road called Farnells Lane you can check out the Historic Train Site and Museum while you wait for your laundry to finish:

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By the time we returned to the laundry, my wife’s clothes were done. Now if I were thinking, I would have done some clothes as well. But I wasn’t thinking. Thus I would have to do some laundry a couple of days later. In any case, after a quick pit stop here for coffee (which by the way has some great coffee and tea):

DSCN0303.jpgWe returned to hotel to drop off the clothes and then headed out to the park for some more hiking. After a one hour drive inside the park, we got to the Tablelands which is an area of the park where you can see what the Earth’s mantle looks like. So, we got a guided tour from a Parks Canada guide of the first few kilometers of the trail:

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Then she turned us loose to see these sorts of sights:

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It’s a pretty barren place where not a whole lot grows. But it is very cool and you can hike up to the top of the Tablelands if you want. But there are no marked trails to get there. Thus consider it to be at your own risk.

By the way, this is the amount of ground that we covered today:

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Our next stop from there was dinner at a place called The Black Spruce which is inside Neddies Harbour Inn:

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Now my wife was insistent on going to this place despite the fact that it was a long way inside the park in the middle of nowhere. And I had problems understanding what the big deal was about this place. Not to mention why we needed reservations seeing as this place was in the middle of nowhere. Well, since my wife is the foodie around here, I’ll let you hear it from her:

One of the highlights for me was our reservation at the award wining restaurant called The Black Spruce which offers fine dining that prides itself on its impeccable service. Everything here is made from scratch using local produce and comes out of the kitchen of Chef Jason Lynch and co-chef Joy Newman. My darling husband and IT Nerd that he is could not understand why one needs a reservation when we are driving to a restaurant that is literally located in the middle of nowhere. Well, he was truly befuddled when we arrived and saw all the cars in the full parking lot. The reason one makes this trek to this “middle of nowhere” restaurant situated in one of the most beautiful places on earth is the food. I noticed the herb garden on the side of the restaurant and noticed the pots of basil growing inside the restaurant. The restaurant is filled with stunning artwork and one enjoys faces the mountainview on one side of the restaurant and the charming town on the other side. I am just sorry that lobster season is over for Newfoundland. However hubby and I made do with their housemade pasta with brown butter sauce and roasted cherry tomato and I had seafood crepe served with asparagus and roasted cherry tomatoes. For dessert hubby ordered their steamed chocolate pudding for hubby and panna cotta served with blueberry compote and the Bakeapple dessert wine from a local winery called Auk Island Winery in Twillingate, NL.

After dinner, I managed to get these pictures of Neddies Harbour:

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From there it was a long and dark drive back to Corner Brook. One thing that I should mention is that the roads in the park are twisty at times as well as narrow. You have to be on your toes at all times as a moment of inattention can result in a crash. That goes double for when it is dark.

Top Tip: Make sure that whenever you see a gas station, you fill up if you are below half a tank. The reason being is that gas stations are few and far between both inside the park and outside it as well, plus cellular coverage is sketchy at best. Thus you don’t want to run out fuel and be stuck someplace where help isn’t readily available.

Tomorrow is our second and last bike ride in the park. This one will be in the northern half of the park and won’t be as hilly as our first ride in the park. Stay tuned!

 

 

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