Sunday, June 26, 2011

Newfoundland Ferry

 We spent the night at the ferry terminal in North Sydney and were first in line to board this morning.

   With several cargo levels and much more passenger room, this is a much larger boat than the ones we used in Alaska.

Cargo trailers were being loaded throughout the night  and we parked right along side for the six hour ride.

With propane tanks off and the parking brake set , we went up to the lounge to enjoy the ride in foggy and rough seas.

   After landing at Channel-Port-aux Basques, Newfoundland, we headed to our night camp in a Provincial Park near Millville.  This is a nesting site for the endangered Piping Plover.

Piping Plovers only nest on sandy beaches, which are being destroyed and disturbed  by development and beach-goers.

 We learned that a storm here a week ago destroyed two of the three nests that were known.  There are also many nesting Common Terns here.

Newfoundland is known as “The Rock”, and that is basically what it is. In many areas there is little soil.

Power poles are often anchored to the ground in piles of rock supported by timbers. It is often very windy in this area, sometimes blowing large trucks and even railroad engines over.  We stopped to tie down our awning before continuing on.

 Our first impression of Newfoundland is wonderful.  Snow still on some mountains.  Roads are much better and the terrain is much more mountainous.

 It is much more mountainous than Nova Scotia.  Hopefully, we will find a part for our exhaust brake, which has not been working for over a month now.  We have not been able to find a part so far.

 Low clouds and heavy fog produced this very different “sunset”.

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