Twillingate: Iceberg Capital of the World. Not.
Trip Start Jun 06, 2011
16Trip End Jun 21, 2011
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Our day started with an example of Newfoundland hospitality, which helps to restore one’s confidence in the human race. We went to a small (2 washers, 2 dryers) laundromat in Woody Point, figuring we’d wash a few clothes and hang out on the deck over the bay before driving five hours to Twillingate. One of the washers was in use when we got there, and we started our load of “must do” items
We drove the Trans Canada Highway for several hours, continuing to look for that elusive moose along the side of the road or in a bog visible from the roadway, but we have yet to see one. We cranked up music in the vehicle, to ease the monotony of the drive, which is something that 50 somethings don’t normally do. Keith has already admitted that he occasionally likes to listen to techno music; he’ll further disclose that he likes Abba and listened to all of their hits as we cruised down the TCH as it’s known here.
We found a lobster pool in our research which has outdoor dining on a deck built over the harbor in Hilgrade, about 15 minutes before we got to Twillingate. Kathi and the owner selected a nice pound and a quarter lobster from the pool and she had a great meal. Keith is not enamored with lobster, so he had yet another fish and chips meal. The family that operates the lobster pound (mother is chief cook and waitress, daughter was re-painting rail around dock dining area, husband was milling around lobster pool) were extremelty friendly and hospitable
We checked into the Harbor Lights Inn on Main Street in Twillingate and then went out to do some hiking after a long day in the vehicle. There are several nice trails at the Long Point Lighthouse in Crow Head, about a mile outside of Twillingate. We opted to do Nanny’s Hole trail, which wound down from the lighthouse about three kilometers to a headland above the Atlantic Ocean. This is some of the finest coastline we’ve seen and we both commented that parts of it look like the British Isles, with areas of grassy headland abutting the rocky shore.
We suffered the first minor casualty of the trip this afternoon when Kathi got bit by a black fly near her right eye and it swelled considerably. Hopefully, it will be better in the morning.
The innkeeper where we're staying tonight said that rain is forecast tomorrow after a super day today. We'll see if the forecasters and prognosticators here are any better than at home. We're scheduled to take a ferry to Fogo Island tomorrow and stay the night, which won't be such fun in a storm. We'll see what happens.