Wow, I've been slack with the updates lately, on account of having a busy busy summer since my last post. Zigzagging the province by land all July and August, and now in September, circling the island by water in the Ocean Nova with the great travel company Adventure Canada. In the last two weeks I've visited Garia Bay, Ramea, Francois (hiked the Friar twice!), Conne River, St. Pierre, St. John's, Fogo, Battle Harbour, Lanse Aux Meadows, Woody Point, Cox's Cove, Halifax, and Cheticamp! What a tour! We arrived safely back in St. John's yesterday, and I'm enjoying a short visit here before returning home to the west coast for a few weeks of relaxation at home.
On a more sober note, we got the very sad news this morning that our travel companion on this latest Newfoundland Circumnavigation, the legendary Newfoundland and Labrador geologist Hank Williams, had passed away overnight at his home. I'm still feeling in shock about it. Hank was a tremendously endearing man with a warming smile and a wealth of tunes on the banjo, which he brought on each trip. He spent his last days travelling the land telling the story of his life's work deciphering the geology of the eastern seaboard of North America, Newfoundland and Labrador in particular, and helping to create the theory of plate tectonics, a revolutionary concept when it was first introduced. He also charmed us with stories and songs late into the night, smiling and strumming on his banjo, and making people smile and laugh with him all the while. I'll never forget him, or this last voyage together. Rest in peace, my dear friend Hank Williams.