Monday, July 4, 2011

St Anthony Area

 Camp last night was overlooking the small community of Englee, primarily a fishing and logging center. 

                   This is one of the prettiest villages we have been to so far on this trip. 

 Snow patches in Newfoundland dot the mountain sides until late July and clouds hang low with mountaintops protruding above.

There are some very crafty animal-proof garbage containers along the road sides.

 Logging in many areas of Newfoundland has created primary moose habitat and we are seeing that now.

    We also are beginning to see many gardens and wood piles along the road, far from any towns. 

 This couple has been gardening this plot for years.  They have rhubarb, onions, cabbage, lettuce , potatoes, and other cold weather crops.

Fuel is expensive here and wood is everywhere so each family is allowed to cut firewood to heat their homes. 

 Wood is cut in winter when mosquitoes and flies are gone and it is easier to haul it out with a snow machine and sled. 

Wood is piled along the roads to dry for as much as two years until it is needed and then hauled home to town in trucks.  These sleds and snow machines are left with the wood and rarely is anything missing.

North of the town of Roddickton we stopped at the Underground Salmon Pool.

Here geology and time have allowed this river to flow underground with Atlantic Salmon swimming right through it for quite a distance to spawn.

  This area has some of the world’s best Atlantic Salmon fishing rivers.

We are at Fishing Point tonight in the town of St Anthony, where the salmon fishermen told us to eat at the Light House Restaurant, the former residence of the keeper of the Fishing Point Light. 

                                       The fish chowder was excellent--

 --as was the Atlantic Cod and Bacalao cakes, a salt cod  Newfoundland classic pan fried golden brown.

 The restaurant was excellent with a great view, just as they and Frommer’s said it would be.

 We saw many whales and our first iceburgs right outside the window.
This is one of the best places to see iceburgs, which come here on a 18-24 month journey from Greenland. This 'burg' is big enough to land a small plane on.  Notice the large fishing vessel on the right in this photo.

 Another perfect, picturesque night spot, and the restaurant owner actually asked us to stay for the night.

Where else can you eat world-class seafood in a lightkeeper’s  house and watch iceburgs and whales all under a rainbow with the ocean waves crashing below?

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