Day 44-45 St. Anthony, Newfoundland   Leave a comment

The Grenfell museum depicted the effect that Dr. Grenfell had on the area.

In 1892 he was sent to Newfoundland to investigate the conditions in the Labrador fishery.. He was a doctor, preacher, and outdoorsman. He opened the first co-op, changing the pay system for the local fishermen. He also established schools and orphanages, and built hospitals in the area. He is credited with being the man who changed the life of people all along the Northern Peninsula and in Southern Labrador.

We also visited his home, built around 1910 which still has many of his personal items along with other furniture of his period. Overlooking the harbor, the building was called “the castle.” Grenfell was way before his time. He was one of the first to have running water and electric in his home.

He established the first hospital. The full service hospital in St. Anthony across from the Grenfell museum was an art exhibit itself. In the lobby are these beautiful Jordi Bonet Murals, made with tiles,

where the people who dedicated their lives to the Grenfell Mission are remembered.

Our second day in St. Anthony we toured by motor coach with Danny as our driver/guide. He is a Newfie himself and was a wealth of information. L’Anse Aux Meadows Site is one of the most important places we visited. It was discovered in 1960 as the first authenticated Norse site found in North America and could be Leif Ericsson’s short-lived Vinland Camp. It is believed that about AD 1000 Norse seafarers established a base here, but the distance from their homelands and conflict with Native people may have led them to abandon the site.

The Norstead Viking Village houses a replica of a Viking ship that would have been used to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The wood looked as if it were painted with varnish, but the finish was a mixture of pine “tar” sap, linseed oil and turpentine. It gave it a finish that felt like a gel coating.

Leaving the Viking Village, our driver spotted moose. WE FINALLY GOT TO SEE 2 OF THEM!

We also saw LOTS of woodpiles. Each family is allowed to cut 9 cords of firewood per year. They keep them on the side of the road until they are ready for them. Some of the cords are aged and some are not, that’s because they try to keep one year ahead.

Sometimes the wood is stacked like a teepee because it’s easier to get in the deep snow and ice.

We were treated to a surprise visit of Newfoundland dogs while at the Dark Tickle.

Then it was down to the docks for some whale watching. A bit chilly, but no rain and no fog.

Our whale watching experience was the best we’ve ever had. We were able to see whales feeding. We could not believe how close to the shoreline they were, but apparently, the water is still about 80 feet deep there.

There were 3 and the biggest was about 40 foot! So 80 feet of water would seem a bit shallow for them.

Check out the baleen below.

What a beautiful day it turned out to be after the fog rolled out.

We ended our day with a Viking dinner. We were only given a spoon and knife to eat with, but I guess we were lucky we weren’t made to eat with our fingers.

The tables were preset with bread and fish. Some played with the fish while others actually ate it. YUCK! Head and all.

After dinner, a Viking “court” was held. The case involved Lee who was accused of destruction of property when he left a huge rut in the stone in an empty parking lot. Lee promptly announced that he did was he was told by the “agent” of the Wagonmaster. Claimed he always did what he is told.

Wagonmaster Bill was the witness to the whole incident but the tables were turned when Lee’s witness said Bill wasn’t even there when it happened. Bill should have thrown the “agent” under the bus (so to speak) but Bill being the good Wagonmaster, took the blame and was sentenced to sing a song.

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Posted August 4, 2015 by carolnbill in Travel

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