The Tablelands at Gros Morne National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), north of Corner Brook (see map), are dry red-rock formations uplifted from the Earth’s mantle. The natural mineral, periditite, is poisonous for most vegetation, with a few exceptions. With June’s snowmelt pouring off the ridges, pitcher plants were plentiful along the trails and beckoned the inquisitive spirit as if it were an insect prey.
Our camp at Trout River was a handy launching pad for a birthday celebration at a seaside restaurant offering “authentic” cuisine (loved that partridge-berry pie!) and a brief stint of fly-fishing on the Trout.
Walking tours of various coastal locations proved inspiring for the North Atlantic birder & the maritime naturalist. And a 10-mile boat ride on the Gros Morne “Fjord,” aka Western Brook Pond– a Norwegian-style oligotrophic lake with depths exceeding 500 feet & with shear rock walls exceeding 2,000 feet in height– amazed the three Americans on their first visit to the Long Range Mountains of western Newfoundland-Labrador.
Welcome to Rivertop Rambles. This is my blog about the headwaters country-far afield or close to home. I've been a fly-fisher, birder, and naturalist for most of my adult life. I've also written poetry and natural history books for thirty years. In Rambles I will mostly reflect on the backcountry of my Allegheny foothills in the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York State. Sometimes I'll write about the wilderness in distant states, or of the wild places in the human soul. Other times I'll just reflect on the domestic life outdoors. In any case, I hope you enjoy. Let's ramble!
Always enjoyable to travel with your words through new places in our beautiful world. Thanks!
I enjoy doing this because of supportive folks like you, Tio. Thanks!
I’ve only been out wet once fishing but that Trout looked sort of similar to what I saw in Yellowstone I think. Kinds broad and flat-tish. The folks on the right side of the picture of the sea arch were posing for their picture. Alyssa (not 100% positive on the spelling of her name) or Leighanne didn’t have the urge to photo bomb them I guess eh? 🙂 The Falls and the snowy fingers – breathtaking are they? Pretty amazing looking in the pictures at the very least. Hope you’re feel as well as can be expected. UB
west* not wet… shessh!
Doing what I can, UB. Thanks, as always, for reading & commenting here. Alyssa & Leighanne were there at the sea arches, but I did not include them in the photo above. They get their share of attention elsewhere (smile). And yes, many locations that we visited gave breathtaking moments which, unfortunately, these pictures seldom captured.
Oh my, this senior’s bucket list just got bigger! Enjoy!! Dan
Hi Dan, thank you, and yes, rank it high on your list, especially recommended for late spring, summer or fall!
I’d also pass on the moose burgers… I have to say, these reports from the east coast have my feet itching, Walt. Spectacular and rugged out there, and that pond (definitely an understatement) is something I’d like to see.
Fabulous stuff – thanks for sharing!
Adam, when the British Columbian feet begin to itch & turn to the far east, consider a visit when school is out. You’d find that the “pond” alone could make your feet & senses very happy. Thanks!
“Trout River” seems like the perfect bait for a certain species of angler who’s been kept from the water lately–a bit like the coyote laying out a roadrunner trap that’s just TNT labeled “bird seed.” I’m loving all the pictures, but the puffins are probably my favorites. Your camera got them clearly in focus, and the colors look great.
Very apt comparison, Brent. I fell for the bait, of course, but luckily it didn’t blow up in my face. Some of the puffin pix turned out pretty well. Those “sea parrots” rule the rocks up there.
Hard to imagine rock walls 2000 ft or better, that had to be one spectacular view—enjoyed this outing —thanks for sharing
Spectacular & humbling… Thanks Bill.
Fully intrigued with your trip report Part 1, before I read Part 2 here I went to Wikipedia to get a little background on Newfoundland. I appreciated your map here, Walt, and was thoroughly gripped by your Part 2 adventure. What a glorious and spacious land. Those pinnacles are lovely, breathtaking scenic sights and I heard myself gasp when I saw that huge colony of common murres. That’s a seabird we scramble around on the coast of Calif. to get a sighting of, but you really need to be much closer to the sea, like you did here, to get a good look. Loved seeing the pitcher plants, the color of this species is so ruby rich, and how wonderful that they are abundant there. The puffin photos made me smile…lovely. And how wonderful that you had this boat ride too. Fantastic trip report, Walt, and truly appreciated.
Jet, thank you very much for your responses to this series. I’m glad that you found some useful bits of information here & that you enjoyed the various sights of this intriguing island in the province of Newfoundland-Labrador. The journey there was wonderful.