After a fiesty foggy ninety minute boat trip north east of Gaultois and we found ourselves in another time and place. Traveling with Derek Hunt with Mallory and Dawn in one boat and Rodney and us in another, we found our way through thick fog down Little Passage, turning left into Bay d’Espoir, along past Goblin Head and then a right turn into the mystical Bay ‘d Nord area.
This part of Newfoundland is vast, wild and rugged and could be referred to as ‘little Norway’ as the south coast is threaded with deep fiords, a serrated edge created by the carving off of the huge glacier about 10,000 years ago dragging rocks, boulders and earth with it. One can easily imagine it providing perfect hideouts for 17th & 18th century pirates. The hills and valleys now home to the roaming caribou and moose, bear and ptarmigans. The deep dark water holds beluga, humpback, minke and ocras. The grey seals are plentiful and ubiquitious.
We had a beautiful two day stay fishing for sea trout, kayaking and daydreaming. The land seemed to be breathing and if you kept still for long enough you could feel her heart beat.
As we gazed over the ever changing waters cheeky seals popped their heads up unannounced as if to check out what we were up to, and the last morning came quite close to the shore to say farewell.
Bald headed eagles seemed to mark the way home until we were safely back in the snug Gaultois Harbour. What sweet memories. Thanks to Rodney, Derek, Dawn and Mallory for sharing your very special part of this beautiful world.