Twillingate Isles June 26/16

We were once again, caught in my own trap! Lured by pictures posted on my Newfoundland Iceberg Reports page.

Several people were sharing amazing shots of the arch in Twillingate. Captain Cecil Stockley saw it coming and shared pictures from his Iceberg Man Tours.

Here are his pictures from June 15 to June 26.Each morning I was holding my breath to see the next post.

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Our Twillingate run was planned for Saturday but a call from a carpenter meant we did it as a detour on our way back from Fogo Island on Sunday.

At breakfast on Fogo Island,  I was showing off our Newfoundland Iceberg Reports Facebook page, I got a private message saying the arch had just collapsed. Oh no!

We still had to go to see what might be left so took the early afternoon boat from Fogo Island.

Initially as we crossed the causeway to Twillingate Island there was no sign of ice. As we approached the Prime Berth end of the causeway, all was revealed as our angle showed icebergs behind the point and the islands.

As driver, Leo opted to leave Purcell’s Harbour for the return drive and we headed right for Durrell.

Icebergs are so big they can not only be seen from many vantage points, but sometimes from different, neighbouring communities.

We’d met up with Eric Abbott, visiting from Bonavista to his wife’s home of Virgin Arm. He gave us three great tips. Ice cream at the snack shop at Dildo Run, take Ochre Pit Road to see the iceberg above and try the food at the snack shop across from the school. The boy knows his stuff!

With breakfast at 9  at Chesters on Fogo Island and ice cream as lunch, supper was a need before we went much further. With a great recommendation from friends at the next table, I opted for the lobster burger. Soooooo good. A new favorite spot! Don’t let the empty chairs fool you, I was shooting strategically to avoid people.

The meal and service was great and thank you to the William’s family for treating us for my retirement! Some sweet!

This is what was left of the arch when we got to the Wild Cove area. Two lovely pinnacles!

From there we went to Crow Head.

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We were starting to fade and started working our way back towards home. Fine folks at Crow Head suggested Little Harbour so we checked that out too and met a travel writer camped out looking at this majestic view.

They had just kayaked all around the berg and had driven from Quebec via the Labrador highway on an iceberg assignment. How do I get a job like that?

Our last stop was the beautiful Purcell’s Harbour. Note, we didn’t make it to Long Point lighthouse In Twillingate as, often, we don’t catch anything there and Sleepy Cove and Back Harbour were empty too.

 

With thanks again to Captain Stockley and his daughter Cecily who got these great shots of the arch foundering on Sunday, June 26, 2016. It happened so suddenly, we haven’t found anyone with a video yet. Thanks for allowing us to share Iceberg Man Tours.

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Deep Bay, Fogo Island June 25-26/16

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We bought a view last year with a house on it. It’s a little spot that’s going to need some time and money thrown at it. Folks might say “As long as you have a roof over your head”. They haven’t seen our roof….

Roofer phoned at 8:30 the morning after my retirement party and wondered if we could meet him at the house in Deep Bay.

Um, sure?

We made it to the house around 4 pm and it was hard to focus on the task at hand with this on the horizon.

We saw some of the same icebergs from Fogo too.

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We stopped at The Old Salt Box Houses and the rock park next to them and saw this view.

The same berg could be seen from the RV park at the Lion’s Club next to Brimstone Head. Campers said they went to bed with a beautiful view and work up with an iceberg in the middle of their  beautiful view!

An early rise still had 3 icebergs visible from the kitchen window this morning. I need to get this view protected with a roof!

 

Deep Bay has lots of great angles! Just need a good zoom if you don’t have a speed boat.

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May 15, 2016 and the Gander Loop

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First day of trouting season so we saw lots of boats and ATVs and even one man fishing with a bamboo rod.

Greenspond bergs were very far off but there were 5 of them. Binoculars worked well here.

 

Back on Route 320 we saw icebergs from the road and thought we’d see them in Newtown. Not a lot of luck there but a great spot for some dashboard dining and a walk around the Barbour Heritage properties.

Again, on the highway, we could see icebergs from the main road between Newtown and Lumsden.

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So near and yet so far!

We started in Lumsden at the government wharf area. There were 13  or 14 bergs. I’ve actually lost count! More pictures on the Newfoundland Iceberg Reports facebook page.

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From the wharf we down past the campgrounds on Atlantic Drive. From here we could see 18 icebergs of all shapes and sizes. We didn’t count a couple of little ones. Where there are 18, the little ones don’t even matter.

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Mid May is Full Blown!

Maberly by Donna Stagg
One of many shot this week by Donna Stagg in Maberly
Spaniards Cove Trinity Eco Tours
Trinity Eco Tours seem to be the only boat in the water so far but the rest will be doing tours soon. Spaniard’s Cove, near Port Rexton May 11, 2016
Lower Island Cove by Chelsey Lawrence Photography
From professional photographer Chelsey Lawrence. Taken in Lower Island Cove on Wednesday, May 11,2016
Twillingate by Norma Hamlyn
Dozens of massive bergs off Twillingate by Norma Hamlyn. Cropped to compensate for distances.
Elliston by Eric Abbott
Ironic that his brother’s B and B is called Puffin’s Landing in Bonavista. By Eric Abbott May 12, 2016
numbered by Trace
See Trace’s great series of pictures of the 7 icebergs she saw off Lumsden on Thursday. By the evening, they’d been joined by that many more.

Visit our Newfoundland Iceberg Reports page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @NLIcebergReport for current iceberg reports with locations and dated photos.

and finally, from Trace again. Beautiful Lumsden, on the Straight Shore Route 320.

Lumsden by Trace

The Loop:May 1, 2016

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We were on the road before 10 a.m. this morning to drive The Loop from Gander, to Carmenville and then east along the Straight Shore.

Straight Shore between Musgrave Harbour and Lumsden from the main road.

From the rough (unpaved road) that goes into Deadman’s Bay.

These are the same three icebergs from different vantage points. They are huge and can be scene for miles.

In Deadman’s Bay there were a few bergy bits and even some chunks washed up on the sandy beach.

Lumsden had icebergs (some of the same, some fresh ones)

We could get a different view from the Lumsden wharf.

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There were 5 bergs visible from the road to Cape Freels but at a long distance.

And finally, Greenspond! Two new icebergs in the lovely shapes we love. Much smaller than the tabular bergs we saw all day, these were grounded, practically in people’s back yards.

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Trace of Icebergs along the Straight Shore

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So near and yet so far. Iceberg as seen by Trace S., January 31.2016

We’re Facebook friends who  met over her great photography in the Lumsden area of Newfoundland. If there’s an iceberg around, Trace is going to get a picture of it and it’s going to be good.

Last year she posted a picture on January 24, 2015, my birthday. This year, she and her aunt, Louise  managed to find a berg in Cape Freels on January 14. Then they hunted around to get the best picture they could from Darlene Hillier!

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Cape Freels, NL January 14, 2016 by Darlene Hillier.

After a huge blizzard on Saturday, she was out bird watching with her friend Janna. Yes, I see birds!

This is how she spent her Sunday and I’m so grateful she shares well with others. Thanks girl!

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Anchor Brook, between Musgrave Harbour and Lumsden on the beautiful Straight Shore. Photo by Trace, Janurary 31,2016