Newfoundland, you are so much more than I expected

Published on January 5, 2016
Telegram letters

Well, two years after it was published, I just read “Sorry Newfoundland, you are not what I expected,” written by a guy from North Carolina.

I’m from Cape Cod in Massachusetts. That guy must have visited a landfill or municipal dump and thought it somehow represented Newfoundland.  

I’ve gone to the rock for the past two years and twice before that.

For me, it is the most fascinating place.

The beauty is often unearthly. The people are truly friendly. Hell, some guy I didn’t know saw me walking around Bonavista and invited me into his house for breakfast.

I’m going back to the rock again this summer. Each year now, I find myself researching on the Internet for different places there to visit.

 I’d like to go to Parson’s Cove, an old outport in ruins, so will take the ferry to Francois and also visit Hermitage and Gaultois this time around.

Rather than simply go to L’Anse aux Meadows, one of my favorite places, I explore and visit St. Anthony Bight, Raleigh, Noddy Bay, Quirpon and Grand Bruit.  

I’ve gone to La Scie, visited Snook’s Arm and got completely lost in the woods trying to find Indian Burying Place, which I never did find.  

But at least I got my story and photos published in Downhome magazine.

Oh, I wish I could find someone who’d like to hike there with me this summer. I will probably give it a try alone again, but this time with a GPS and bear spray in my hands. It looks like one of the most gorgeous outport ruins in all of Newfoundland.  

Well, Ireland’s Eye looks pretty too, but I talked with the guy who gives tours out of New Bonaventure and he says he doesn’t stop there.  

Last summer I hiked to British Harbour, hoping to find ruined fishing sheds and houses, but there wasn’t much there.  

Bonavista is a gorgeous town.

 And Red Cliff has some beautiful ruins.  

I was at Battle Harbour 15 years ago and am tempted to go again so I can hike Great Caribou Island where there are some ruins.  

Sadly, I fear they’ve probably over-restored most of the beautiful shacks I saw there 15 years ago.

I’d also like to visit Hebron, but that’s pretty complicated.  

I was looking into a cruise (very costly) that stops there, but one has to fly back from Greenland.  

Anyhow, anyone out there want to hike with me in June to Indian Burying Place? If so, please send me an email at todslone@hotmail.com.  

Newfoundland, you’re definitely the best.  

George Slone

Barnstable, Mass.