In search of the mighty berg...

Trip Start Jul 02, 2013
Trip End Jul 27, 2013

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What I did
Gander, Newfoundland

Flag of Canada  , Newfoundland and Labrador,
Saturday, July 6, 2013

Today was a very laid back day. We started with another sleep in (made it to 830 am!) then we got our act together and made our way to Twillingate. The hopes were that we would track down an iceberg followed by some wine tasting.

The plan was going smoothly until we stopped at a tour company to find out if there were any icebergs in the area. Apparently they have not seen one in the past 6 weeks... well that was disappointing. We had a few items on the list so we picked ourselves up and headed to the Long Point Lighthouse. It was a great spot right on the tip of the point with several viewing platforms and short trails for a better look of the coast. There were also some built-in pay binoculars as you would expect to find fixed to any such tourist location. We spent a few minutes taking pictures and looking about when I spotted it... (dun dun dun!) at first I thought it was a large white barge but upon further inspection (through my teeny tiny binoculars I packed from home) I concluded it was an iceberg. It was a large one, but right on the horizon, which likely appeared closer then it otherwise would due to the mass amounts of smoke coming from the fires of Labrador. The sighting was great though as now we can say we found one. It may not have been as up-close and personal as I was hoping but we weren't skunked. To add to our success we found some fudge in the souvenir shop at the lighthouse... Boy was that a good drive home. Jenny even woke up from her nap to have some with me!

Next we found our way back to a small coffee shop near the light house for a coffee and chai latte which we drank on the porch of the shop before purchasing some local art from inside before (actually just after we left and remembered about it and went back). Thus far a successful and relaxing day.

Following this we made our way to the Auk Winery. The winery specializes in fruit wines using predominantly locally grown / foraged fruits. The berries and fruits are mostly purchased direct from local pickers who sell directly to the winery. Only 5 of their wines are made with grapes, which are imported from a grape dealer in Quebec. We had a tour and some tastings here before buying a bottle of ice wine and some more small tasters of other varieties than we had already tried.

Alas it was time to find our way home to our tent and campsite near Gander. The trip is quick, only about 1.5 hrs and it is relatively scenic (though as Jenny says the scenery is beautiful for the first while but it tends to be quite similar after that) so the coast is refreshing as it is changing all the time. 

Back in Gander we went for a food top up and made a nice tortellini dinner with a southwest salad.

Next we will get cleaned up and relax for the night. Possibly some fudge is in order after dinner then we should get off to sleep to get ready for the trek to St. John's tomorrow..

(as a side note: I just saw a teenage boy being pulled behind a small quad on a snow sled on the road in front of the campsite... somehow I don't see this ending well for the brainiac in the sled) 
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Paddy on

Great entries so far, too bad about the icebergs but it sounds like the booze is unique! Enjoy the rest of the trip

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