Driving across the province, we saw a variety of landscapes. On the Avalon Peninsula and into Central Newfoundland while there are quite a few hills, they pale in comparison to the Appalachian mountain range that extends from Western Newfoundland all the way south to the state of Georgia. Interestingly enough, apparently at one time the Appalachian mountains reached elevations similar to the Alps and the Rocky Mountains, but were eroded as time went on.
We arrived at Rebecca and Piers’ house in Corner Brook shortly after 2 pm and between the six of us, we scrounged up enough food for a nice lunch in their backyard. It was 25+ degrees outside and we were lucky because it stayed sunny and warm for the entire weekend. After lunch we figured that we’d walk around Corner Brook to get a feel for the place. This mostly turned into drinks outside on a patio. We weren’t complaining.
On Sunday, on our way to Rocky Harbour, we stopped off to see the Steady Brook Falls. They are located right next to Marble Mountain and are a sight to be seen, especially in the spring when the snow is melting, substantially increasing the flow of water. Even from the lookout point, we could feel the effect of the increased flow as the falling water bounced off the rocks below and created a refreshing mist which cooled our faces. Later in the spring/summer when the water flow has decreased, the top of the Falls are a popular swimming spot for locals. However, it’s hard to believe that they are ever safe for swimming when you see them at this time of year. Here’s a video we took at the Falls:
On a lighter note, after a BBQ at our cabin for supper, we went to see Sherman Downey as part of the Annual Trails, Tales & Tunes Music Festival in Norris Point, near Rocky Harbour. The show was a lot of fun and was a great way to spend our last evening on the West Coast.
Then on Monday, we set off for the long eight hour drive back to St. John’s. As we got closer and closer to the city, the fog got thicker and thicker. It made us really appreciate the great weather that we had all weekend, and since returning to St. John's we've unfortunately had to unpack our sweaters and raincoats.
Here are some more pictures from our road trip: