Friday, April 18, 2014

Ferryland and Cape Spear

    Today we went on a drive down the east coast along the "Irish Loop".  There was not too much to see and the kids grew grumpy an hour into the drive.  Fortunately we arrived at Ferryland.  Ferryland is a small town on the east coast that comes to life on May 24th.  May 24th is the day the summer "officially" begins and all the tourist activities are open.  Right now Ferryland was just a stop on the map to get out of the car and walk on the rocks, throw some rocks into the ocean, check out the sea urchins, and enjoy the pretty views.  In the summer there is a lighthouse you can go into, have a picnic by the ocean, watch the blacksmith work, and other things to do.  We will be going back this summer to check it all out.

Emily with her rock collection
drift wood

Paul and Kayla


          On our way back from Ferryland we drove to Cape Spear, which is about 30 minutes from the house and was another place to get out and stretch our legs.  It is also the easternmost point in continental North America and has a lighthouse that is the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland (originally constructed in 1834).  This coast is mainly cliffs, so there was no throwing rocks into the water or getting close to the water.  This is the closest point that we will be able to go to watch the whales as they migrate through and where we can see the ice bergs as they float by.   I am told that we should start seeing whales and icebergs between May (probably the end) and June.  I am excited about this.  There are some World War II bunkers and canons that you can walk through and look at, the kids liked to climb on the BIG canons.


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