|The small community of Rose Blanche|
at the end of highway 470
|Trail head to Rose Blanche|
|Lighthouse at Cape Anguille...Codroy Valley|
|Trail system in Corner Brook, NL|
I made a campfire with (free) supplied firewood. I even cooked a steak on the open fire grill. Helen, prepared the salads and with a cold beer, you can't beat that for camping in the Codroy Valley.
|Corner Brook from Captain Cooks Monument|
hilly town justice.
Our first stop was to the Visitor Center. This Center has a dump station, fresh water, WiFi and best of all they don't mind if you park overnight. The two young ladies inside gave us maps to the town, told us what was going on downtown. They even gave us several parking solutions for the downtown.
The events for this day were located in a park in front of city hall. We were a little too early for the festivities, several groups were setting up tents, food concessions, craft vendors and musicians were tuning up to play.
We walked back to the Gin Mill Hotel parking lot, our camper location and elected to take the convenient, close by, hiking trail from there. The trail system was developed by the Corner Brook Paper Mill. It meanders along the brook and pond. They spared nothing in arranging flowers along the path. Since the 1920's, Swans have inhabited the pond area. Only one was visible as we walked up to the walking bridge.
For a mill town, Corner Brook is well developed considering everything sits on one hill or another. The only flat land is down at the paper mill.
On the trail, we met this gentleman walking his dog. We asked him what special place should we not miss seeing in town. He said, "Captain Cook's Monument". It was a
|Home for the night at|
the Visitor Center
Captain Cook started his career as a Naval Master and came to Newfoundland as a young British Navy officer. One day here in Newfoundland, he noticed this gentleman looking through this surveying device. He was intrigued and learned the trade. In five years, he mastered this trade and mapped Newfoundland extensively.
The King of England wanted to have Australia and New Zealand mapped, but the person who was scheduled to go had no Naval experience. This is where Captain Cook's qualifications came in. He was sent to the South Seas never to return to his beloved Newfoundland. As a tiny footnote, while we visited Australia and New Zealand in 2005, our tour included a visit to Captain Cook's house. People back then appeared to be a lot shorter in height as the house front door was barely high enough to enter without crouching.
Later in the afternoon, we attended mass at the Cathedral, then picked up food supplies and returned to the Visitor Center around 7pm and we were the only ones there. I set up our chairs on their deck, plugged in the laptop and spent the rest of the evening blogging and watching the beautiful sunset to the west of Corner Brook, NL.
That is what we did and saw!
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