Saturday, August 31, 2013

Late Season Whale Watching Tour from St. Anthony, NL

On Thursday morning, we went on a whale watching tour with Northland Discovery Tours from St. Anthony, Newfoundland. Unfortunately, we didn't see any large whales, but we did see some smaller relatives in the form of atlantic white-sided dolphins. Along with the family of 5 or so dolphin, we enjoyed the wave action on the boat (thankfully we didn't get seasick - though other passengers did), seeing the scenic coastline of northern Newfoundland, hearing some interesting stories of polar bear encounters in St. Anthony, and seeing some interesting birds such as the northern gannet. On our next Newfoundland trip, we hope to come earlier in the year to see icebergs as well.

The tour boat
One of our few family pictures on this trip thanks to a kind gentleman
Locals call this sea cave "the oven"
Cool looking coastline
White-sided atlantic dolphin
Dolphin with St. Anthony lighthouse in background
Lighthouse at St. Anthony 
The Harbor at St. Anthony
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Friday, August 30, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland

Our day in Gros Morne National Park in pictures.

View of the Tablelands across the East Arm of Bonne Bay
Killdevil Mountain from Lamond picnic area
On the Tablelands trail
Boats in Trout River
A black fox along route 430
Geologically significant Green Point 
Elisabeth at Green Point
At Green Point
Jonah enjoying climbing around at Green Point
From Green Point with the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Lookout Hills in background
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Monday, August 26, 2013

Newfoundland Ferry in Pictures

Our journey on Highlanders from North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland.

In-line at the ferry terminal - cars in one lane, RVs in another & commercial in another
The ramp is for an upper car deck
Lower deck entrance
Here we go
We left our rig parked below and went up top to the passenger area
Similar to an airplane inside but much more spacious - concessions, restaurant & lounge
View from the passenger deck down to the first vehicle deck
Packed in tight - getting ready to disembark
Driving off the ferry
Visitor Center in Channel-Port Aux Basques
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Friday, August 23, 2013

One Less Baby Tooth

Elisabeth just pulled her own tooth - # 3 for her. The fourth one
won't be long. I'll have to teach her the song "All I Want for
Christmas is my Two Front Teeth."

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Highland Village Museum in Nova Scotia

The entire site overlooks the Bras D'Or Lake
Gaelic peoples lived in "black houses" like these in Scotland (1770-1830) 
Highland Cattle 
This breed of sheep sheds naturally - sheering not required 
The Acadian Forests provided logs for immigrants to build their new home (1770-1850)

The farmyard with Bras D'Or in the background
 The Barn - An Sabhal
The Church - An Eaglais
A center hallway home is built as the economy grows  (1850-1880) 
Stoves begin to replace open hearths in this time period (1850-1880s)
Creating a hook rug - scraps of cloth were scarce in the previous decades (1850-1880s)
Inside the General Store -  An Taigh-marsantachd (1880-1920s)
The Forge - A' Cheardach (1880-1920's)
The parlor of a house at the turn of the century (1880-1920's)
Nursery in the home at the turn of the century
Clothes and textiles are still made at home but with lots of "modern" assistance
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