Beneath these mysterious mounds on the northern tip of Newfoundland lay evidence of a significant moment in human exploration.
While driving north along the TransCanada Highway, I was stopped by a moose.
I sat stranded along the stretch of roadway in northern Newfoundland known as the Viking Trail, which leads to L’Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site, the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America.
As I waited for him to carry on his way, I noticed that the tree branches in the forest lining this section of road all pointed east, angled by the force of the wind blowing inland off the Strait of Belle Isle, the narrow strip of water separating Newfoundland from Labrador.
Twenty minutes later, I continued on my journey; it was another 80km to L’Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site.