Yesterday, we spent a second day in St Anthony. We started by going to the Grenfell Historical Society. Grenfell was a doctor, missionary, and sportsman with the Mission to the Deep Sea Fishers. He was the movig force behind establishing the health service, industrial development, and so many other things in Northern Newfoundland and Labrador. It was very interesting but it went on at length about how poor the people were. I could not help but think to myself that it seems to me that, there is still great poverty. It seems like people have to do everything all the time just to get by. The amount of crafts, harvesting natural resources, and multiple sources of income of very unlikely businesses seems a sign of general desperation. The tourist shops are mostly fancy sheds in the side yard of a house and as soon as you pull in someone comes out of the house to serve you. The amount of people harvesting wood for winter heat at the side of the highway. The number of people planting tiny gardens along the highway a many kms from any buildings or homes. It makes me a bit sad for them.
Oh we also went through his house which was quite nice and had an amazing polar bear rug.
Anyway, after the museum, we came home and made lunch before heading out on a drive for some scenery viewing driving and a short hike. We watched the icebergs and the general scenery and the birds a short distance from a cemetery at the very most northern tip of the island. It was very beautiful.
We then came back and made supper and started packing up for our trip to labrador today. Before bed we drove out to the point at the edge of town and watched the iceberg while eating bakeapple ice cream. It was a lovely way to end our time here.