Saturday, 16 July 2016

Port Aux Basques


Our warm Newfie welcome came from a couple from Pictou who were already in port. The harbourmaster of Port aux Basques was missing in action and there is no marina. We pulled into a nice spot on the public wharf and made ourselves comfortable. 
The town has about 5000 residents and reminded us a lot of Flin Flon. We arranged for a tour of the town with the local cab company. The young driver gave us a wonderful informative narration as we saw the sites. The weather was overcast, rainy and foggy. 
We discovered that we were indeed on the public wharf - there was a steady stream of visitors to the dock all for a "chin wag" and to welcome us. 
The couple from Pictou, Bruce & Cheryl, became instant friends as often happens with fellow boaters. They regaled us with many tales of their maritime adventures while we introduced them to the dice game  "farkle".
The weather did not co-operate therefore we were harbour bound for 3 days but the time passed quickly. Finally today, on our last day, the sun has been shining. Bob went cod fishing with some local fishermen and they caught their limit in no time. Apparently,  no "cod kissing" occurred and Bob is a happy fisher!
A local offered Joann & I a ride about town and ended up driving us to the trailhead of an awesome hike through the coastal terrain. The wild flowers were abundant, the trees were short and stunted, and the  seaside vistas stunning. Once we were finished, another couple drove us back. Nfld hospitality!!!
Tomorrow, it is time for Bob to return to Wpg and Joann & I will continue our travels overland by car while Summer Wine II waits for us in Port aux Basques.

    Cod Brudet and Polenta by Chef Bob

      The provincial flower the Picture

         Thick Fog at end of the dock

              Cod fish catch of the day

         Sun shine on Bob's last day

         Bruce and Cheryl on You and Me
Can you see the ship in the background,
the size of a apartment block 100 meters away?  That's Newfoundland fog for you.....

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