Sunday, 18 August 2013

The South Shore of the Gaspé

Our night was not all that restful as the temperature fell quickly once the sun was set.  Fortunately we had sufficient blankets to keep us warm but our sleep was interrupted during the night by the unexpected cold temperatures.  The temperature rose immediately once the sun was up and we spent some time exploring the beach near our site and took advantage of the strong winds to fly our new kite...

The view was spectacular and we could see the very end of the Peninsula where the Gulf meets the Atlantic! 
After we struck camp, we went on to a short hike in the park to visit a beautiful waterfall...
We spent some time cooling off in the increasingly hot day and then we bid the park adieu and made our way to the South side of the Peninsula.  The scenery here proved to be very different...beautiful and very large bays with stunning vistas.
Next, we made our way to the famous Percé Rock, which was another lovely sight.  The rock itself being far larger than I had thought...

Once again we watched the Gannets in their spectacular dives and marveled at how they became so aerodynamic and then plunged into the water, only to appear again in moments floating on the waves ready to take to the air again.  Apparently there is one of the largest colonies of this bird in North America at this location.
We decided to press on, with hopes of getting far enough along the shore that we could get to New Brunswick the following day.  We stopped finally in Carleton-Sur-Mer where we found a hotel and had a lovely supper while watching another spectacular sunset.

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