Day 7-8 Cap-aux-Os, Gaspe   Leave a comment

Our drive to Cap-aux-Os, Gaspe was the most beautiful drive. We found the most unique looking homes along the way. Below is one of my favorites.

This year our trip did not include a stop at Nordais Wind Park “Eole,” the windmill farm because the tour guide did not work the day we drove through, but we did drive by.

The smaller windmills, the ones we are most familiar, cost $200,000 per blade. They use 3 blades per windmill with each blade weighing 9 tons. Those are the blades you might see a tractor trailer hauling down the highway. I didn’t realize they had brakes! Below is a picture of the windmill with its brakes on.

We saw quite a few lighthouses traveling to our next stop on the Gaspe, but only got a picture of a few of them.

The La Martre lighthouse on our route is probably the most picturesque. What a view! It was so beautiful, the pictures look fake.

The Cap Madeleine Lighthouse.

The Cap-des-Rosiers Lighthouse.

The drive around the Gaspe Penninsula is the most beautiful drive, but very “hilly.” The steep grades are not quite like out west because they are much shorter, but they are just as steep.

 

Although it was beautiful, it was the roughest ride yet. When we finally reached the campground and went inside our RV, we found that the fruit & bread that is always on the counter was on the flour, bananas bruised to their blackened state, and the pantry opened up and half of the entire pantry was on the floor, including the container of spices which opened and spread the bottles of spices everywhere. Thank goodness the fridge didn’t open. Taking a picture of the mess was not a priority…..

However, I did take a picture of the view from our living room of all the rigs lined up.

We visited Forillon National Park. Before the Government made it a park, it was a community of fisherman, mostly cod fish. The coast of Gaspe is where the finest cod in all America is cured. It is well-known on the markets of Spain and Italy where it is the preferred fish. They would fish hundreds of pounds per day that needed to be dried to be preserved. It was known as the “Gaspe Cure,” dried code from the Gaspe was famous for its pale, translucent appearance and its virtual imperishability. They used a quality curing process inherited from the 16th century which thrived throughout the 19th century.

 

This year, we enjoyed a talk by the park ranger about life in the local waters. He showed us some kelp and talked about what can be done with it for its nutritional value. Did you know kelp can be found in many of the foods you eat and drink? He shared some chocolate milk with us. Yes, chocolate milk has kelp in it! We moved on to talking about the different star fish and ended with my favorite, the LOBSTER.

After the ranger talk, we walked along the road to the general store, set up from the late 1800, early 1900 era, while a couple of our guests took the nature trail.

The clerk was trying to get Bill to open up an account.

 

We also visited a house and barn. In the barn, we found graffiti dating back to late 1800. Bill found graffiti from PS Horton who arrived on Bill’s birthday, May 24, only it was 1907. Check out the wooden gutter on the house below right.

Above right Bill is horsing around.

Driving through the park is a beautiful experience. It goes for miles and miles along the water.

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