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Gros Morne

Monday, July 10, 2006

I spent Friday and Saturday in a windowless room talking with conservation-minded people from across Canada. By Saturday night we were whooping it up, Newfie style, to the tunes of Neddy Norris. It was a completely enjoyable work-related time. But the best bit of the trip was Sunday, when I went hiking in Gros Morne National Park, with one of my former students. I will take you on a snap-shot of our journey here...

Moonscape. Literally. American astronauts trained for their Moon landing here.

Off we go...Hello Sheep: BAAA!
The wind was blowing fiercely and we felt like the only souls on Earth. Pick a superlative and I'm sure it must apply here.

As we walked around the edge of a cliff, we frightened a Bald Eagle from it's nest and I just got him in my sights.

Imagine your hair whipping in your face, the salt stinging your eyes and the freshness of the air like that of the Earth itself. Nature in all its glory.

And even though these signs were posted throughout the park...

You can still purchase a stuffed species just outside the park border. Imagine getting one of these souvenirs through customs...only in Newfoundland.

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    I'm glad you had a great time.

    Those pictures, that coast line... amazing, beautiful, astounding, gorgeous!

  1. Blogger Neo said:

    Cathy - Breath taking picts!

    Peace & Hugs,

    - Neo

  1. Blogger momyblogR said:

    Wow, great shots!!

  1. Blogger Pat Paulk said:


  1. Blogger vani said:

    wow- just beautiful..for lack of better words..absolutely amazing. thanks for sharing! :)

  1. Blogger vani said:

    ps. are those white crosses that are lined up along the road there?

  1. Blogger Amy said:

    Cathy - really - those piccies of the coast are amazing - lots of awesome beauty out there in this great big world...

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    That sea is breath takingly beautiful :o)

  1. Blogger missy said:

    Hi Cathy! I love the eagle photo! Thanks for taking us on your hike. I suddenly got itchy feet as I haven't been on a hike for more than a month now. Envious!

    missy xx

  1. Blogger Connie and Rob said:

    I closed my eyes trying to imagine myself doing such a thing...then I had to sit down cause I got dizzy. You must be in wonderful shape.

    Those are just some amazing pictures. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Glad you are back. Take care.

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    the bald eagle photo is just amazing. your camera is fast!
    i am glad you are back. don't go away for a little while now okay?

  1. Blogger erikku said:

    Ooh. Reminds me of the Scottish Highlands. You should get a flickr page with nice ones like these. ^_^

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    So glad u enjoyed this trip..

    Cathy the pics are beautiful.

  1. Blogger fb said:

    Great pictures.

    What if you had a stuffed animal on the passenger seat of your car would anybody bat an eye?! Bit of a strange souvenir though after celebrating nature...

  1. Blogger SkyeBlue2U said:

    Great pictures! Glad your back.

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    Wow, looks like no one has ever been thre, it's so pure.
    And the moonland is very interesting, I'd never imagined that they had trained for the moonwalk on earth..

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    wow - those are amazing photos! you're a super photographer, but remind me what you use for a camera again? glad you had a fun trip!

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Crag, Neo, MomyBlogR, Pat; Amy, Michelle
    Thank You :)

    No, I will have to go back and look at the photo again, but no crosses.

    I hope you get the chance to go soon.

    I have a fear of heights when I am on man-made structures, like bridges and tall buildings. But when I am in nature, like cliffs and mountains; no fear of heights. The strangest thing.
    I don't know about being in amazing shape...no, I don't think so; but running around after two small children is better than any workout. If it weren't for them, I'd be out of shape!

    I'm glad to be back! We might go away for a week in August for a family vacation, but I'm here now! Working away...

    It is very much like the Scottish highlands.
    I haven't figures out how to get flickr; is it difficult? And what are the advantages of it?...Enlighten me :)

    Heidi; Thanks :)

    I thought is was crazy! But one could have a good bit of fun playing practical jokes with one of these things...

    SkyeBlue; Thanks :)

    Devil; It is so pristine...so very untouched. And the moonscape is interesting, isn't it!

    Stephanie; Thanks so much for the compliment. I never really considered myself a good photographer, although I love to take pictures, and take them of pretty much everything. It gives me an artistic outlet when I don't have time for it in any other form. My camera is a Canon Powershot S2IS and I highly recommend it. It is almost always in automatic mode.

  1. Blogger Ben Heller said:

    Great photos Cathy. Your description of the sea air and the salty sting in your eyes almost made me feel like I was there.

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    I think Vani is talking about the power/telephone poles along the roadside, Cathy.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Maybe you will visit there one day and get to experience it firsthand!

    Oh, yes, I see this now...thanks.

  1. Blogger Dr. Deborah Serani said:

    WOW, what fabulous photos. And the moon trivia is so cool!!!!


  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    You were a lucky lady to get to see and snap that eagle. Wishing it would have been me!!

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    best regards, nice info »

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