Today was a tee-shirt day except for the gale-force winds at Norris Point. On the road by 10 a.m. headed north, we decided to venture into many little outport villages along the way. Extremely neat and well-kept, and we expect the fishing industry provides a pretty good standard of living. But it is tough beyond belief with , back-breaking work, middle-of-the-night departures, cold water, high winds and sometimes two or three outings per day. It will make us genuinely better appreciate seafood, especially lobster and snow crab.
Stopped at Arches Provincial Park to look at the beautiful rock formation carved by the seas over millions of years. Almost all the cars in the parking lot were from Quebec, including a serious monster-type RV! We reached Port au Choix, where we are staying at Jeannie’s B&B; it has a warm and cozy home-like feeling. We were quite surprised at how big the town is, had some delicious buns freshly baked in a wood-burning outdoor stone oven; they were terrific. Port au Choi was settled by lighthouse keepers from Quebec and Basque fisherman. It still has a strong French influence—a reasonably large town with many fishing boats. Real Estate looks more prosperous than other villages we’ve seen. Point Riche Lighthouse in the National Historic Site is one of the tallest lighthouses in NL with the strongest strobe. Not a huge day but we really enjoyed the scenery and driving through the various villages.
Due to high winds and rough seas on the Strait of Belle Isle and the fact that the ferry has been cancelled several times in the past few days, we have cancelled our trip to Labrador as we can’t chance getting over but not getting back for a few days. Instead, we will spend one extra day in St. Anthony. Sylvia is not very happy as she was looking forward to putting her foot on Labrador land, don’t know if there will be a next time.
French Bread Oven Program - Bread Backing at 2 p.m. every day
"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