Capes and Coastlines

Today we set out on another excursion, this time south and then west as far as Cape St. George.  But first a drive through the small campus of Grenfell College, an extension of Memorial University of Newfoundland.
The main campus building actually has an observatory.

En-route, we passed through Stephenville, important historically because this is where the Americans set up an air force base during the second world war.  Today it has transformed itself into a badly planned town that seems to specialize in the sale of all manner of vehicles: bicycles, motorcycles, cars and trucks.  There's nothing beautiful about this place.

An ad on the main street for a bus tour to commemorate US soldiers during WWII. 

Past Stephenville one enters a region called 'Port au Port' which is essentially a roughly circular island but connected to the mainland via a narrow isthmus as wide as the road.  You can then drive in a circle around the island (I guess technically a peninsula) with gorgeous scenery.


A typical view but, in this case, there is a large gravel pit and cement factory nearby.
The most westerly point, Boutte du Cap, is almost the most westerly in Newfoundland, but not quite. It's apparently a great place to watch for whales and gannets, though we had only a fleeting glance at the latter.





At Boutte du Cap, there is a memorial to the Acadians who were expelled from the area.  Richard also like the toilet sign so I'm reluctantly putting it in.  Rather an odd juxtaposition of the sacred and the profane!






Tomorrow is our last day here and we are winding down a bit.  Richard has picked up a book called "The Colony of Unrequited Dreams" by Wayne Johnston, and I am reading "The Best of Wilfred Grenfell", edited by William Pope.  Both books have each of us in their thrall, so I end this post today in happy anticipation of reading further.



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