Jumpers Head Lookout, Birchy Bay NL

FeaturedJumpers Head Lookout, Birchy Bay NL

Jumpers Head Trail is located in Birchy Bay on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. Birchy Bay is located on the Road to the Isles and is a tidy little community which offers many scenic views. The trail begins not far from the Pentecostal Church on the opposite side of the road from beautiful Jumpers brook.  The trail is short, just 1 km and climbs gradually up to the lookout.
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The Birth of a Community, The Story of Birchy Bay- Virtual Museum of Canada has this to say about Birchy Bay and Jumpers Head……..

” The rolling hills were covered with birch and pine right up to Jumpers Head, the sentinel rock that rises dramatically with its bald granite core exposed and weathered with time. Its name brings back to life the tale of a Beothuck warrior who took his own life on this hill.”

 

 

 

The lovely  green and intricate root patterns always catch my attention.

 

Light and shadow, rocks and moss and always, the stunning root system.

 

 

Steps and caribou moss.

 

The Y Trail.

 

The beautiful view from the top.

 

“For the right understanding of a landscape, information must come to the intelligence from all the senses.”          In Praise of Walking by Thomas A. Clark

 

Thanks to Marina of Saltwater Studio for informing me of this hike. Visit Saltwater Studio’s Facebook page and check out her beautiful work.

Visit Birchy Bay, stop by this beautiful brook, climb to the lookout…it can be done while social distancing.

Hiking Through 2019

FeaturedHiking Through 2019

A pictorial blog of some of the hikes I did in 2019.

March 2019 found us in beautiful Chile, hiking with Foothills Hiking Chile

Also in March we did some hiking in Comfort Cove, Newfoundland. The temperature was a little different than Chile.

April found us hiking down our lane and opening our new Little Free Library.:)

Hiking in Arnold’s Cove, Newfoundland

Pike’s Arm, Newfoundland

Twillingate and Pike’s Arm, Newfoundland

Change Islands, Newfoundland

Woody Point, Newfoundland ……be sure to check out Writers in Woody Point for 2020.

Sandbanks Burgeo, Newfoundland should be on everyone’s bucket list!

Twillingate, Newfoundland

Beginning in 2020, let’s do this and repeat:

Day One: Write down five things good that happened today.
Day Two: Meditate on one thing you love that makes your heart sing.
Day Three: Treat yourself to one small indulgence without guilt.
Day Four: Be good to your body and exercise and eat right.
Day Five: Commune with nature and feel how connected you are with life!

Gratitude by Janice Deal and Marie D. Jones

Twice Buried

FeaturedTwice Buried

After my previous blog posts on Burgeo and the beautiful trails in Sandbanks Provincial Park, I received a few inquiries on the effect of winds and tide on the area.

Tops of erect headstones!

One of the many trails leads to an old cemetery. One of the park employees told me that the last burial here was around 1915.

When the cemetery was first used, the dead were brought here by boat from Upper Burgeo, Lower Burgeo and, I believe, surrounding islands.

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That’s a lot of sand.

 

Slowly going………..interesting.

Three names, one side blank and names on the other three……1873,1882, and 1900. If only I knew their stories.

 

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No more, no more

The worldly shore

Unbraids me with its loud uproar!

With dreamful eyes

My spirit lies

Under the walls of Paradise.

  Thomas Buchan Read

A beautiful resting place, changed by tide, winds and sand.

 

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A Twillingate Trek on Batrix Island Trail with a Culinary Tale

FeaturedA Twillingate Trek on Batrix Island Trail with a Culinary Tale

Unscripted Twillingate     is a four day celebration of digital arts which began four years ago. Each year, each day offers many events/workshops to enjoy. This year I purchased a ticket for Fire Food and Photography and Crystal Anstey from Experience Twillingate did not disappoint!

The group met at Twillingate museum and walked approximately 15 minutes  in Back Harbour to Batrix Island. The information on this trail has the starting point from Main Street and lists its difficulty level as  moderate. I believe that is referring to the last climb to the top which is a little steep.

Along the way we did a little foraging for berries and edible  plants, with Crystal sharing information on identifying and usage. It was a gorgeous, windy day with awe-inspiring views.

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…..and then we arrived. A dining table on Batrix Island beach…sure why not!!!!

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.  Eleanor Roosevelt

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While we were waiting for the food to be prepared, a few of us walked to the top of Batrix Island ….so glad I did.

There’s dining and then there’s dining. 🙂

Food by Crystal………….

……..decor by Mother Earth.

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A little discussion on plating and each of us did our own arrangement…..think mine looks pretty good…and the food was delicious.

It was all cooked over an open fire on a beach with sun and sea, with new friends and laughter.  Thank you Crystal Anstey!

 

Lost City Found In Burgeo……

FeaturedLost City Found In Burgeo……

……..Italy has Pompeii, Burgeo Newfoundland has Sandbanks.

 

It’s not an old book, or a treasure map. Nope. Staring up at me was a pile of rocks.   Wendy Mass, Jeremy Fink and the Measure of Life

For the first time in my life I find myself wishing I had studied geology.  I always get a feeling of joy when picking up a smooth, warm rock….I close my eyes and feel my daughters’ little hand in mine and, in more recent years, my grandchildren’s. The texture and smoothness of these rocks on the beach at Sandbanks Provincial Park in  Burgeo will be with me always. Because they appear to be made from many tiny rocks, I expected them to be course and rough to the touch, the opposite was true. Running my hand over them on many of my treks, I felt smoothness….like soapstone. I can only assume ( because I didn’t study geology) that over millions of years the ferocious winds, tides and blowing sands smoothed them into this most awesome state.

On the trails…… totally different, but so visually appealing.

 

Aargh
Aargh!

 

On the trails. How did this get here?……my imagination runs wild.

 

I take another look at the stone, round my fingertips over the meticulous brushstrokes and realize that nothing ever returns to time unless it is stored in mute, voiceless objects; rocks tell tales after all.”   Stefan Hertmans, War & Turpentine

Find my friend in the rock
Find my friend in the rock.

 

 

Displaced

Go…..explore!

Trekking Through Sandbanks Provincial Park, Burgeo.

FeaturedTrekking Through Sandbanks Provincial Park, Burgeo.

Just when I think I have seen the best of Newfoundland, I travel and trek to another. Burgeo is located on the south coast of Newfoundland. Take route 480 approximately 20 minutes west of  the Stephenville turnoff. A two hour ride down this road will bring you to Burgeo, home of the breathtaking Sandbanks Provincial Park.

Piping Plover at Sandbanks Provincial Park.

 

Ethereal
Ethereal……..a foggy mist and a brilliant blue sky.

 

A moment in time.
A moment in time.

 

Free style driftwood art
Driftwood art…free style.

The park is a series of stunning beaches and connecting trails.

Can I stay forever?

“Let’s wander where the WiFi is weak.”

 

Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the most modern. Carrie Latet

Beautiful Sandbanks, Burgeo NL

“And what is the sea?” asked Will.

“The Sea!” cried the miller.

“Lord help us all, it is the greatest thing God made!”   Robert Louis Stevenson

Burgeo, Sandbanks Provincial Park  Part I

Birch Cove Trail, Change Islands

FeaturedBirch Cove Trail, Change Islands

Change Islands

 

This trail is the next, I believe, to see some maintenance work.  The beavers have been very busy in this area.

Beaver Highrise
Beaver High Rise.

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I think it should be called Beaver Trail! Looks as if they have caused some damage, but you have to admire their work ethic.

Windy and sunny in an idyllic location.

Cracker-berry/BunchBerry

 

If you are a nature lover, Change Islands has much to see and do. Take a walkabout, ( a photographer’s and artist’s delight), visit  the  Newfoundland Pony Sanctuary , talk to the locals,  hike on one of several trails on the island, admire the architecture and coastline, study the wildflowers and birds.

When we visited the Pony Sanctuary,  a journalist from Germany was there gathering information to write an article for a magazine in Germany…..a long way from home.:)  Click the Change Islands link above to discover the island and all it has to offer.

Indian Lookout Trail…..

FeaturedIndian Lookout Trail…..

…. located in Change Islands, Newfoundland is a walk that evokes mystical, whimsical fantasies. It is filled with vibrant greens, stunning lichen patterns and tranquility.   It is a short hike, approximately 20 minutes one way.

 

 

 

Magic Forest
Enchanted Forest

 

 

Indian Lookout Trail, Change Islands

 

 

Fascinating lichen patterns.

 

 

 

 

 

A variety of mushrooms.

 

It is worth a thousand pounds a year to have the habit of looking on the bright side of things.  Dr. S. Johnson

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Nearing the top.

 

 

 

Caribou Moss & Partridgeberries.

 

 

 

 

At the top.

 

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Go to Change Islands  breath and just be.

 

To further explore Change Islands, also check these blog posts…..Squid  Jiggers Trail, Change Islands….June 18, 2018 AND A Stroll Through Change Islands, August 7, 2018.

 

Seven Oakes Inn, Change Islands

Susan Abma

Newfoundland Pony Sanctuary

 

 

 

 

Otter Rub/ War Path Trail, Arnold’s Cove

FeaturedOtter Rub/ War Path Trail, Arnold’s Cove

……………..a short trail with a pictorial tale, and a great history lesson.

 

I was very curious as to the name Otter Rub. I did a little research but couldn`t find much information. I read somewhere that the site was so named because at one time there were many otters on the beach and they could be seen rubbing themselves. I`ll go with that.

Just a short walk to the site.

A beautiful little beach.

History lesson in story board form—very interesting.

 

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D`Mericans  were really loved!

 

Another great little trail! Arnold`s Cove NL

 

Eastern Point Trail, Trout River NL

FeaturedEastern Point Trail, Trout River NL

Eastern Point trail begins not too far from this unique scene in Trout River.

 

Trout River, population 552, is located on the west coast of Newfoundland. We had a couple of hours between events at the nearby Writers At Woody Point event and decided to drive to Trout River. We did a little walkabout in the community and then hiked this trail.

 

Not a long hike (3 km return), but very picturesque with a variety of seascapes and wildflowers

 

 

We are all creative.

We are all artists of some kind.

some are better than others,

a few are geniuses.

But we all have a creative spirit.

Allow it to rise up.

Nurture it, challenge it.

Give it freedom.

Celebrate it. 

Patrick Lindsay

 

 

Photo inspired by Gerry Squires

Seeing this, I immediately thought of Newfoundland artist Gerry Squires.

Best known for his dramatic landscape paintings in oil and acrylic, as well as his portraits and surrealist paintings, Squires also worked as a sculptor, print maker and newspaper artist. Squires was born in Change Islands but spent much of his childhood on Exploits.        From a CBC News article October 4, 2015

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Walking is good for solving problems – it’s like the feet are little psychiatrists.    

Terri Guillemets

 

Days of many tales, some trails and glorious wildflower treks.

FeaturedDays of many tales, some trails and glorious wildflower treks.

Writers At Woody Point is an event that has been on my bucket list for a few years and last week my husband and I finally made it happen.  It is five days of storytelling, music and readings by amazing authors. It is  indescribable to have so many new experiences, to hear, and be in the presence of, such talent and such breathtaking scenery.

The veterans will tell you that this is an immersive experience- you don’t so much attend it as live it.  Stephen Brunt, Artistic Director