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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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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May 1, 2016 We’re live!

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Back to ‘in season’ rules starting May 1 where we will only post current icebergs with locations on our Newfoundland Iceberg Reports Facebook page.

As I write on April 30 we have photographs of icebergs in Goose Cove, Tilting, Lumsden, Greenspond, Grates Cove and of course, the beauties featured in this post in Elliston.

Trinity Eco Tours has already started touring to bergs in the Elliston area.

Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter and share your current pictures with dates and locations to help us all get out best iceberg experience ever.

@NLIcebergReport

Diane

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Bonavista is still the place to go!

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Elliston, April 11, 2016

 

Fishing vessels, the “Aiden Isabella” and the “Cupids Clipper”, are seen by Eric Abbott, steaming past one of the three icebergs still grounded in Bonavista, Elliston and Mabery areas. I name all communities because the bergs are so big and so far off show they can be seen for miles from many directions.

Residents and visitors to the Bonavista Peninsula continue to share great photos to our Facebook page documenting the now three months since the large tabular iceberg first arrived.

We continue to pick up Facebook members and collect Twitter fans @NLIcebergReport.

One of our new followers is Jon Joy with Tuckamore Discoveries . Jon is hiking the peninsula already and knows all the best vistas for photography and sightseeing.

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Tabular iceberg as seen from Little Catalina by Jon Joy. April 12, 2016

On the Maberly to Little Catalina hike Jon got a great shot of a 65 foot longliner fishing boat sailing near the iceberg. This sure puts it all in perspective.

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Jon Joy from Tuckamore Discoveries. Little Catalina, Newfoundland. April 2016

We have more pictures of the 3 current icebergs on the Facebook page and some nice past shots. In another month, it will be current iceberg information only to facilitate the sharing of accurate information.

Feel free to share information with your friend planning trips to Newfoundland!

Spring has Sprung in Iceberg Alley

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One of three icebergs as seen early on the first day of spring 20016 by Eric Abbott.

It’s officially spring according to the calendar and the sideways snow in Gander as I write this post. Welcome to Newfoundland!

The two peaked pinnacle iceberg and huge flat tabular iceberg have been hanging out up in Bonavista for two months and now are joined by a third iceberg as proven by the ever smiling Eric Abbott.

Thanks Puffinman for all you contribute to the group. I’ll let your pictures speak for themselves.

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And then there were Three!

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Linda Ryan caught the first pictures of the new kid on the block. Third iceberg in Bonavista and Elliston area. March 15, 2016

Thank you Linda for sharing shots of the trio of icebergs now hanging out on the Discovery Trail.

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In this wide shot, the pinnacle shaped berg can be seen heading towards the large flat tabular berg in Elliston and Mabery. Photo by Linda Ryan, March 15, 2016
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The close ups by Linda Ryan, March 15, 2016 Elliston, NL
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The close ups by Linda Ryan, March 15, 2016 Elliston, NL

And here’s the Iceberg Chart for tomorrow.

March 16 2016