Gander will be remembered by many in the international aviation community for the outpouring of hospitality to all those air passengers who were forced to land there immediately after 9/11. It is a town of a little under 10,000 inhabitants, that, with the help of surrounding towns and villages, took in and cared for almost 7,000 stranded people. I met a lady who recalled how her congregation opened the church kitchen and just started cooking and serving meals. People brought in extra food from home to help keep the kitchen supplied.
But before 9/11 there was another event which is remembered there. The Silent Witness Memorial is located just south of Gander. It's dedicated to the 256 service personnel and crew of Arrow Air Flight 1285, which crashed on December 12, 1985. Most of the passengers were members of the 101st Airborne Division, US Army, who were returning from a peace keeping mission in the Middle East to their base in Fort Campbell, KY. The plane crashed about 3,000 feet from the end of the runway in the woods on the hillside overlooking Gander Lake.
The Memorial is located at the crash site. 256 trees were planted to bear silent witnesses of the tragedy. There is a sculpture of an American soldier holding the hands of two children on a rock outcropping facing in the direction of Fort Campbell where, I have heard, there is a another sculpture facing back toward the crash site. Gander is a special place.
I just finished this little rooster yesterday. I used a photograph I had taken on Kaua'i for my model. There are a great many feral chickens on the island and they come looking for crumbs just like the pigeons do here on the mainland.
The drawing is 8" X 8" on La Carte Pastel paper by Sennelier. I am keeping the original because Paul likes it but I'm selling digital prints in my shopon Etsy.
I drove it out of the show room this afternoon and discovered a whole new world on the way home. Little kids waved at me; drivers smiled and let me have the right-of-way; people waking said hello. But enough of the small talk, here are the pictures.
Just north of Terra Nova is Rte. 310 which goes east from the Trans Canada Highway along the Eastport Peninsula to Bonavista Bay. There at the end of the road is the little fishing village of Salvage. (The 'vage' part of the name rhymes with 'cage'.) It was voted one of the prettiest towns in Canada. It has a population of just over 200.
Arnold's Cove is a small fishing village in south eastern Newfoundland. We stopped there on our way north to Eastport just to stretch our legs and stayed for almost an hour to take pictures and enjoy the view.
The cove was surrounded by private fishing shacks where fishing and boating equipment was kept.
Below are the commercial fishing boats both company and individually owned.