So today was our first day on the Northern Tip of Newfoundland.
We started the day with a boat tour. We saw an abandonded outport. Sevel icebergs... one that we found particularly large. Trapper ws particularly amazed by the iceberg. We saw eagles including a baby. We saw a moose and her baby moose. It was certainly the highlight.
We then went out to L'Anse Aux Meadows. This was the site where the vikings setup their colony around 1000AD. I had not heard until today that butter nuts and grapes were found on the site and the nearest locations to get those are northern new brunswick so they think the vikings were going into the Maritimes as well. Very interesting.
We also then went back to the jam shop and got various jams and even some bake apple ice cream. We then went back to the room to put our ice cream in the freezer and when we got back. we were locked out of our room. So, we called the guy and it was going to take him a while to sort out the problem.
So, we took spoons out of our picnic basket, went to a view point and ate ice cream out of the little countainer while watching another iceberg... It was quite lovely if unexpeccted.
We also have noticed and took pictures of wood piles and gardens in the middle of no where along the highway. For the gardens people always have just planted gardens a ways from their house on whatever government land has soil (rather than rock) they add to the soil every year by letting sea plants and sometimes fish rot in them over the winter. This is a traditional activity apparently when they put the road in the government pushed lots of top soil around so there is lots of dirt along the highway so people plant their gardens there even if it is 20 or more kms from home.
The wood piles are in random places because you can cut wood on government land for a small licence fee but most of the woodland is not accessible... So, people use their snowmobiles and sleds all winter to cut wood and bring it back to their pile by the side of the wood where they pile it to collect when the get time or space at home. Unussual to my mind but I guess it makes sense and works for them.