Because I camped for free near the L’Anse Armour lighthouse the previous evening, I didn’t stay at the Pinware River Provincial Park as I had originally planned. That didn’t mean this morning I couldn’t use my park pass to stop and complete some personal hygiene before going on to Red Bay.
With a towel wrapped around my head and flip-flops slapping the ground, I came out of the ladies washroom to see a large snowshoe hare nibbling on grass, just a few meters away. I quietly unlatched the truck door and got my camera out, then tip-toed to the rear of the truck, where I crouched down to be closer to its level. This triggered a pause in its chewing. I stayed very still and quiet while the hare assessed how much of a threat I was.
A short moment later he or she continued eating but shifted its hind-end towards me, keeping one-eye my way and one eye towards an escape route. Every time I took a step sideways to get a better angle, its sidestepped in unison. We danced this jig for several minutes, until I finally tapped-out due to its camera-shyness, and left the hare to graze.
Heading down highway 510, I came to a wooden bridge and while crossing, I took a peek out the passenger-side window and saw the most amazing river flowing. I made a split-second decision to pull the truck over to the shoulder just beyond the bridge. There was no walk-way for pedestrians, but I gambled that early morning traffic in Labrador was nil, and dashed to the middle of the bridge in a burst of speed, with my wet hair flying, and cameras jangling around my neck to get a photo.
Feeling a lot like the snowshoe hare, with my eyes and ears open to danger, I recognized a distinct rumbling approaching and I beat a hasty retreat back to the truck just as a transport came barrelling across the bridge where I had just been standing, clearing the girder with inches to spare.
I gave him a wave and climbed back into the cab of my own vehicle and headed towards Red Bay. I can’t wait to check another UNESCO World Heritage site off my list.
Just in case you wanted to know;
I purchased a seasonal vehicle pass that gave me unlimited access to all NFLD provincial parks for $43.(2021 season.) There is an additional charge of $7 for overnight camping. Please see the website below for up to date information
No money or incentives were received for this post, it is my own experience.
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