Derek Pilgrim’s song, “When the Plane Touches Down in Deer Lake” resonates with many rural Newfoundlanders & Labradorians. The plane landing on the rock, brings a feeling of being home even though I live more than 330 kms to the north.
On May 2, 2011 I departed Deer Lake Regional Airport for Halifax. There a connection to Boston and from there to reach Las Vegas, Nevada. I certainly enjoyed a week away in the desert climate with an abundance of nightly entertainment. It was nice to re-unite with an old friend and to meet others for the first time.
After a week away, a feeling of happiness came upon me when the plane touched down in Deer Lake. The professional staff of Air Canada and the airport staff made the travel a breeze. I landed at 2:46 AM and left the parking lot at 3:20 AM to drive the distance, as I would work in the AM.
Driving up the Great Northern Peninsula, the vehicle count was 10 – moose count was 11. The moose are out in abundance and in great numbers. Be safe when travelling beautiful Route 430 – The Viking Trail. It can be a haven for wildlife.
My grandmother & I saw four lovely caribou grazing on a yard in the community of Bear Cove as we were en route to a traditional Sunday’s Dinner. I wish I had my camera handy. Visit the Great Northern Peninsula and get that wonderful feeling of the plane landing at Deer Lake for yourself this summer season.