Thursday, October 03, 2013

N. L. Road Trip (11): Gros Morne National Park - Tablelands and Trout River

Gros Morne is an ocean of fun so we decided to spend another day in there. First we went to a little fall shortly after the park entrance or the information kiosk. It was a hike of 25 minutes only but the lady in the kiosk introduced that to us, I guess mainly because I told her that F. F. would not want to walk very long distances! So it's just something below average in terms of scenery and fall. may be if you go in the forest and higher it gets better but the short hike itself is a child's play. Then we continued and went to the Tablelands. This is a nice place of the park. While you see everywhere green and full of trees, bushes, flowers and other plants, this looks like a desert with a few hills in distance. So we parked there and got ready. The trial is mostly flat not steep, not much challenge. After about half an hour we reached a stream with a place which looked like was for resting. F. F. was not willing to go further so I did not insist. On the way back to the parking lot I suggested to go and see the fall which we had seen from the road and she said that she was not going but let me go so I walked for about may be 15 minutes to reach the fall. One interesting thing that we saw in some parts of this trip was a sort of flower in dark red colour, with a very long stem and leaves on the ground. We later on realized that the flower called Pitcher is the official flower of province of Newfoundland & Labrador and could be seen in the Provincial Government's website as well as it's official tourism site. Tablelands is a nice place to do hikes in it but F. F. was tired so I just listened to her. Then We got into the car and drove toward Trout River and the area around it. That part is very beautiful as well but considering the season and weather many businesses which are normally open were closed and there were not many people around. Luckily the sunny day gave me the opportunity to have a few nice photos. There are more to Gros Morne. I might cover that in a post titled What Has Been Left? later on.
(Photo: A stream in Tablelands part of Gros Morne National Park. This picture if shown to someone without any knowledge about the park, would for sure be mistaken for a barren desert in Africa or somewhere with similar climate where you reach an oasis but in fact is part of the park and just few hundred meters from where the rest of the land is covered with greens)

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