Dispatches

Driving South

Light hues and shimmering oceans

Last night we drove south until 10:30 p.m., following the Viking trail portion of the Trans-Canada Highway...the same road we drove up in darkness heading north the previous day! We got a chance to see all the small picturesque coastal communities we had missed the night before.

When you drive at dusk, everything takes on a special hue. Light plays tricks on your eyes, the ocean shimmers in grey and silver, and all those weatherworn shacks near the shore seem to blend perfectly into the environment. I can imagine Viking ships long ago approaching these shores and finding a safe, welcoming place to stay.

Before heading further south, we took a quick detour to the town of Saint Anthony. We stocked up on a few provisions, and we spent some time at the local Tim Horton’s to take advantage of its free Wi-Fi. Then we got back on the road and headed south once again. We arrived in a quaint, charming community called Cow Head within the boundaries of Gros Morne National Park. We can't wait to start exploring this area today!

Sept. 9, 2012, 2:23 p.m.