How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE


Farther Along the Viking Trail

A warning light flashed on the bus dashboard. We stopped at an Irving Station (gas /variety store / liquor store) for a break and Shaun, our driver, had the problem checked out. Almost anything is available at some of the larger gas stations. It was a treat to move around and flex stiff joints and muscles inside the store. Some of our group grabbed coffee and snacks. Others used the facilities.

We’d met Margaret and her husband, Jack, when we first arrived at the airport. She came towards me with a brown paper bag wrapped around a bottle. “Oh. I see,” I said.

“Water,” she said. I thought she was fooling around.

Later, she called out and caught up with us while we were boarding the bus.

“It’s not water,” she said. “I didn’t know. He said it was water and I believed him.

“Ha. I knew that!” She wasn’t kidding.

I laughed. I know a wine bottle when I see one.  She blushed.

We did a lot of driving today: long stretches of empty highway, lots of roadside trees and more drizzle. I felt we were going in circles.

Gros Morne National Park is a world heritage site. The land has risen two meters (rebounding of the land) where the Vikings (now called Norsemen) landed. Temperature 1,000 years ago was five degrees warmer. The scenery is spell-binding. We didn’t get off the bus here. The following video gives you an overview of this wonder.

Credit:  The Tablelands, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador

 Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism


More about Moose:

  • 1904 Four moose released from New Brunswick (not native to Newfoundland)
  • This is the heaviest concentration of moose in the world
  • Moose love balsam, birch and fir
  • Haven for 5,000 moose in Gros Morne National Park
  • (check this out)
  • Full grown moose ( about 12-1,400 pounds) can eat 50 – 60 pounds of young trees per day
  • One area fenced off at Gros Morne to protect the trees / outside of fence, trees naked
  • 500 moose allowed to be removed / hunted: a controlled hunt
  • Woodland caribou are native to this area
  • Native predators are insects brought in by international shipping
  • John’s and 100 km. zone = 23 accidents in August 2015 even before month ended

On the lighter side:

In Saskatoon, a boxcar came loose and a guy brought home a wheel barrel full of salt cod, but he didn’t know what to do with it. It was hard, you see. So, he shingled a shed roof. It leaked a little, but lasted about two years.

Cod Quick Facts:

  • Cod is king
  • Cod Fishery starting to renew after more than 20 years
  • 3-week recreational fishing allowed now (fish coming back)
  • Sent salt cod to the Prairies in the 1930s
  • Used to ship salt cod with liquor run (Someone released the wrong car. only whiskey; no cod)
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Newfoundland Quick Facts:

  • NFL lumber can be shipped to the US
  • Most of the lumber cut here, therefore tariffs less than in British Columbia
  • Considered private
  • Logging mill keeps nine days supply
  • Burn the sawdust to provide electricity
  • Dairy farming big business
  • Used to be sheep but coyotes can decimate them
  • Put a donkey or a llama with the sheep and coyotes don’t come near

The Lighter Side:

A conductor told a pregnant woman on the Newfie Bullet she shouldn’t have got on due to her condition. She told him when she got on the train she wasn’t pregnant.

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Tentatively on November 6th – Continuing along the Viking Trail

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I have not registered for NaNo, but will be occupied for the next while. Will post as I am able. 


Where are the Moose?

The airport limo arrived on the button and the ride to Toronto proved uneventful with one other passenger pickup. Debbie Kaye won’t believe this—I couldn’t either—the airport was a breeze this time. We had arrived at the right time with e-Tickets and boarding passes in hand. A bored attendant printed our luggage tags, we checked our luggage and zipped through Security in a snap. Only a handful of passengers waited ahead of us. A traveler’s dream or had we stumbled into the Twilight Zone?

Mary and I weren’t buzzed the way we’d expected. Boarding occurred fifteen minutes late because a recent arrival was readied for our flight to Deer Lake.


We took to the tour guide right away. He’s one of those people you warm up to as if you’d know him all your life. As we found out, the charm about Newfoundlanders is you talk to one for five minutes and you’re friends for life. Maybe the real reason is you have to stick close and listen hard because the Irish /British lilt and Newfoundland speech patterns demand you hang on to most every word. We understood Francis better than other people whose paths we crossed.

Our bus astonished me: a honking one-year-old beauty with elevated seating for the passengers and a tall and wide wraparound windshield which afforded a panoramic view. Puddles on the asphalt showed signs of earlier rain, but had stopped earlier. The temperature was seasonal and comfortable. I’m not sure about my sister Mary, but my brain wasn’t in gear.


Deer Lake quick facts:

  • Pockets of water all over the island resulted from glaciers
  • Humber River runs out of Deer Lake: beautiful salmon river
  • Salmon as heavy as 30 pounds (but you don’t keep those)
  • Population of Deer Lake around 5,000
  • 1920 construction of Deer Lake Power Company hydro plant
  • 1922 International Pulp and Paper Company work camp
  • 1925 camp formal Town of Deer Lake
  • 1955 airport built
  • Airport serviced close to 340,000 passengers in 2014

Our tour consisted of 31 tourists. Sixteen came from Ontario; twelve from British Columbia and across the Prairies; a couple from California; a young woman from Germany, plus our guide and the bus driver. We were booked to over-night in Corner Brook but first excursion had begun.

Newfoundland Facts:

  • The Appalachians extend from Newfoundland and Labrador to Central Alabama
  • Rival the Himalayans
  • Eroded over time due to wind and glaciers
  • Oldest rock on earth found in Labrador


Moose Facts:

  • 1904 moose brought here from New Brunswick
  • Because of tall, spindly legs, can peel top off a small car on impact
  • Many collisions in Newfoundland because of moose sightings
  • 90% of drivers swerve to avoid moose (heavy skid marks on highways)
  • Weight of moose 1200 pounds and more
  • Hunters from North and South Carolina, Quebec, Pennsylvania come to hunt moose
  • Current moose population over 100,000
  • Considered a menace. Eat 20 kilogram (50#) of young trees a day
  • Will eat whole forests: balsam, fir
  • Hunting season extended
  • Controlled areas hunting Gros Morne National Park
  • Fenced areas at Gros Morne to protect trees (whole areas bare of trees)

I suppose the moose had no idea we were there as we’d just arrived.


Hockey and politics are the two most enjoyed pastimes in Newfoundland.

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Next on October 9th:  Adventures in Corner Brook

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