№ 3 — Western Brook Pond, Newfoundland, Canada

We took a boat tour here and the walk to where the boat tour start­ed was like 3 km long through a swampy land. Being a whiny hik­er, I was not impressed, espe­cial­ly since it was a sun­ny day. I always get grumpy on sun­ny days. For­tu­nate­ly, the boat tour was worth the long walk. Like I men­tioned in the haiku, this “pond” used to be a fjord con­nect­ed to the sea before all the glac­i­ers melt­ed many, many years ago. The rock walls sur­round­ing the “pond” are about 600 m high. The water­falls on the right-hand side of the pic­ture is called the Piss­ing Mare Falls (I kid you not). It is sup­posed to be one of the high­est water­falls in east­ern North Amer­i­ca at 350 m. All through the boat tour, I was cross­ing my fin­gers that no boul­ders would break off into the “pond” because the last time it hap­pened in the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry, it caused a 30 m tsuna­mi!

I love New­found­land. It’s kind of like Ice­land but with more trees and moose and less vol­canic activ­i­ties. Will def­i­nite­ly go back there at some point.

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