In my last post I announced that I am currently on a road trip through Newfoundland with my mom and aunt as my co-pilots.
As there is not enough time to put together full posts on the road, I wanted to give you a quick run down of each day to give you a glance at what we’ve been up to.
Here, is day 1.
After spending a lovely night in the Hotel Port aux Basques, we had the pleasure of enjoying a lovely breakfast – make that brunch – with the hotel manager Cathy. She filled us with stories and info on Newfoundland, suggested foods I try, and naturally left me even more curious for the adventure we were about to set off on when leaving her hotel.
The night before I had tried a few local beers, including India Beer (why is it not called Newfoundland beer??) and during our breakfast – I mean brunch – Cathy encouraged me to try salted and cod and bakeapple jam. Yum and Yum!
Something you have to be very careful about while driving around the island is moose. At dusk and nighttime, they venture out onto the roads, which makes it very dangerous to drive. See, if you hit a moose, you’re gonzo. They are tall enough that you hit their legs and their massive body comes crashing onto your car. We were advised to do all of our driving during daylight and should we find ourselves out later than that, to be extra cautious and slow.
Although I found a mounted moose head on the hotel wall, I am still keen to see a live moose out in the wild. Should we not find one by chance, its been agreed we’ll go on a slow drive at dusk to see if any are out on the road.
Day one meant a pretty solid drive to our next stop. Tree after tree and bend after bend, the view was never bad. So little of Newfoundland is developed so you are constantly surrounded by nature.
A few hours later we arrived in our second destination, Corner Brook. This is where we would spend our second night at the Glynmill Inn. It was stunning from the outside and was located right next to the river and a walking path. After so many hours in the car, my mom, aunt and I ventured out on a leisurely stroll. Stretching our legs and attempting to comprehend the map in our hands, each one of us seemed to have a different opinion about which way to turn.
It was so calming to see the river rushing through rocks and slight rapids it created. Corner Brook has a whole network of paths for walking, hiking, biking and so on. On a beautiful day there is no reason to sit inside.
As we made our way to dinner we came across a war memorial and I loved how they used as a Caribou as the symbol of remembrance.
Over dinner we chatted about our first day in Newfoundland and agreed that the best part of the day was simply taking in the breathtaking vistas all around us. Even sitting in the car for a few hours felt like we had accomplished something wonderful.
I so enjoyed just spending time with my mom and aunt, catching up on the past few weeks since I saw them last and sharing stories of my road trip through the east coast prior to them joining me. I truly love these girls and we always have a fulfilling and hilarious time together, no matter what the adventure!
Tired, we eventually decided to turn in and rest our bones for the next day as we’d be heading to Gros Mourne National Park for a bit of hiking and more nature.
Have you been to Newfoundland? What did you think about all the natural beauty it offers?