Hectic day, traveled 1 hour from Norris Point to Woody Point—the site of the popular annual Writer's Festival. Parks Canada Discovery Center at Woody Point is exceptional, with great staff and exhibits of Gros Morne. There is an iconic image that I wanted to take (below is an internet shot). When I asked the lady at the counter, she said that "Oh, that's a day hike one way) and continued to say, "As far as I am concerned, there is another spot that is more spectacular to view to photograph, that's the Trout River Pond."
Drove to Trout River and saw the spectacular Trout River Pond. Hiked for 45 minutes in the famous Tablelands; immensity was overwhelming.
Had lunch in Woody Point at a cute diner called The Merchant Warehouse Retro Café and Wine Bar, one of the village hot spots overlooking Bonne Bay. Live entertainment and popular with the locals and ‘those from away’ alike. Great people.
Rushed back to take a 4 p.m. cruise of Bonne Bay with Bon Tours, managed to get front-row seats on the bow, and the sun came out - amazing. Saw two bald eagles at their nest – cool. But no other wildlife except a couple of curious seals. But we were entertained with interesting stories of settlements around the bay, including Woody Point. This was our first taste of the small fishing outports in NL; amazing how the people endured such hardships.
Then headed north to Cow Head for a Theater Show at the Gros Morne Theater Festival. Were booked to see Neddy Norris Night billed as a "Journey through Newfoundland and Labrador Culture." First change, three days in advance, the show changed for unknown reasons to Daniel Payne and Friends billed as a Newfoundland musical night with Daniel a renown local musician. Second change- the water main outside the Theater had burst, so the venue was moved to the Shallow Bay Motel across the street. Third change, Daniel got covid and vertigo, so his Friends did the show. Fourth change, the Friends did not sing (that was Daniel’s job), so it was, quote, melodies only – one accordion with A and D cords and a guitar, turned into a bit of a Newfoundland Kitchen Party as some local talent pitched in by singing and playing the guitar. The Friends were bantering back and forth with each other and with the audience. We thought we were on the Johnny Harris' show. All was good fun, and the music was foot stomping; Glenn joined in.
"One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time."
~ Annie Leibovitz