|We left St. Johns at 7.30 and arrived in St. Anthony at 9 a.m. (top of island, just to the left). Ourplane then left for Goose Bay (upper left),Labrador, where we would not have been happy to go (but would have gone, had the fog kept usfrom landing at St. A). |
We didn't know it, but the pilot of the plane was the son of DannyKeats,the tour guide who rented us his van and so saved our trip on a rental-car-less and taxi-less day atSt. Anthony (a cruise ship was docking and all vehicles had been commandeered). It was very,very gray.
|9.20 a.m. |
Provincial Air #901 leaves for points north.
|St. Anthony: first iceberg. Icebergs are "he's," it seems; |
they move in and melt near thecoast, shrinking, cracking,
rotating, finally disappearing.
Kevin Young of Parks Canada, the perfect guide with the perfect beard.
|(Right) Kevin isstanding in the outline that traces the foundations of one the longhouses. The site was very wet(you can see water behind the crowd's feet), so we were allowed to walk over the site--not thebest thing for it.|
Possible slave quarters (below).
It seems very tight and solidfrom the front (above right), but backlit it seems misleadingly like gauze.
The storyteller (right)
"heard under helm"!
Surrounding the site:
The modern village of Ship Cove (I think that's the right village) includes an island crammedwith noisy gulls
and beautiful lichens on the rocks. Fog covers the hill behind it, except at the far right.
When youlook in the otherdirection, it's almost a black & white world.
We returned to the Viking site at 3.45 to find it much changed in sunlight & much the better forit.
That's the entrance to the left.
The shore in the photos above is just beyond the line of white houses center & rightbelow.
We saw this one at 4.15 near a small wharf where these fishermen were cleaning fish.
|The photobelow zooms in on small peak between the two men. Dead center is a white dot. We thought itwas the moon. It turned out to be the tip (of the tip) of an iceberg on the move, the men assuredus. As they would say in St. Anthony, "He's headed this way." It was masked by fog in the photoabove.|
4.30 p.m.--start of the drive back to St. Anthony toreturn Danny's van (5.30; after a visit to fogged-in Fishing Point), then the ride to the airport (6.30).
|Approaching Blanc-Sablon, Quebec|
|Headed southeast to St. Johns, about anhour away.|
arr. St. Johns 9.45 p.m.