Friday, July 29, 2011

Fogo Island, Newfoundland

It’s Friday and our last night in Twillingate. It has been a fun week and I will report on the Fish, Fun, and Folk Festival later. This blog will be about our day trip to Fogo Island.

Last Friday the Poutneys, Dean, Chica and I went to Fogo Island. We had to leave around 7:15 to catch the 9:00 ferry out of Farewell. It was foggy and cold (as usual). The ferryride cost around $12 per couple and lasted around 45 minutes. Chica got to ride on the deck.

We drove to the little town of Tilting, which is a National Historic site because it is a traditional fishing village still pretty much unchanged.

We stopped at the Dwyer Fishing Premises and took a tour. The buildings were very interesting and quaint.

After Tilting we drove to the city of Fogo, another fishing village. After a picnic lunch we hiked to the top of the Fogo Head Trail. There were icebergs in the distance and the weather had cleared up nicely.

This trail was another trail with lots of stairs.

Looking down at fogo and Ron and Bernita coming down the stairs.

When we got back to the ferry we had to wait for about 2 hours since the ferry was an hour late. The ride back was very nice since the weather had turned warm and we got back into Twillingate around 6.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Twillingate, Newfoundland

Welcome to Twillingate, iceberg capitol of the world!

We arrived in Twillingate last Wednesday and plan on staying for about 10 days (through the Fish, Fun, and Folk Festival). The weather has gotten progressively better. We are parked in the United church parking lot along with about 20 other rigs.

The first day we spent looking for icebergs. It is pretty easy to find them since this is the iceberg capital. There was one unique one on the East side of the town and we hiked to an overlook for some great views. The town is lovely and the ocean views are spectacular.

This is a good picture of the Poutneys and us with a couple of icebergs in the background. they may look small but the jagged one is quite large.

We went to Prime Berth – historic fishing premises that displayed a skeleton of a Sei whale, which is not very common. There were a lot of unique and interesting artifacts here and we thought it was worth the $5 admission. I really liked this poem that the owner wrote. He had a lot of his poems framed on the walls but this one was the best.

On Thursday night we went to the infamous Split Peas performance. I have heard about these women for quite awhile. The group is composed of 7 women ranging in age from 40’s to 70’s. They perform two nights a week during the summer. The admission is only $10 each and you get a really good show. We had great seats and Dean even got to dance with a Mummer! And during the intermission they serve Toutons and Tea. Touton is a fried bread served with partridge jam or molasses. Yummy!