A new discovery……Thumb & Finger Tree

I’ve got my thumb on it!

A recent trip on the Viking Trail (Northern Peninsula Highway) was a delight.  The beautiful colours, the interesting foliage, the campfires, the grey jays and moose sightings, the opportunities to learn and, of course, the company.

We went a walking in the Beaver Brook area, approximately 28 km outside of Main Brook.

I questioned why this was called a brook and not a river.  Later, after a little research, I read that you can ‘step over a brook’ and ‘swim across a river’, so generally the difference is size……… but it all depends on the region.:)

Beaver Brook

The underground salmon pools here are fascinating.  Click the link below for a great read and some great pictures of the salmon, because unfortunately ours aren’t that great.

A Miraculous Journey Beaver Brook, Newfoundland

(You will have to type Beaver Brook in the search window on the site because the article was written in 2014.)

The forest is full of surprises.

The brook flows along and suddenly disappears underground, only to resurface a little further along the trail. This happens in  several areas and  it is here that the salmon congregate.


“This world….is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical, and more, to whosoever will think of it.”   Thomas Carlyle



A plant that I later identified with the help of the Wildflower Society. It is widely used in homeopathic medicine and is quite the fascinating plant. I was very pleased to make another check mark in my wildflower book!

Everywhere along the side of the highway there are  little vegetable gardens!

It was a beautiful, warm and windy October day on the Viking Trail. The ocean was pounding the shore with magnificent fury.

The Arches

The Arches Provincial Park, Portland Creek…….picnic and parking, no camping. Very beautiful and certainly worth stopping to see.

It was much more serene in the Bonne Bay area and we stopped to enjoy the beautiful October day before going back to the Cove.


We need the tonic of wilderness…..We can never have enough of nature.  Henry David Thoreau

Photos by L. and C. Fudge

7 thoughts on “” The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you’ll miss all you are travelling for.” Louie L’Amour

  1. Another beautifully written, illustrated, and informative blog. Also quotes from three great authors. Louis Lamour can be easily dismissed as a writer of westerns but his Sackett series covers the journey of the Sackett family from Ireland in the 1700’s to America, and covers several generations of the family, giving a history of the west in the process. As for Thomas Carlyle, I always found his life more interesting than his writing. And if you haven’t read Thoreau’s “Walden”, put it aside for a loong summer and read in small sections-a masterpiece but you can’t take too much of it at one time.

    These quotes add to the blog and must require some research. I think a book of your posts would be a great asset to hikers, tourists, and Newfoundlanders alike.

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    1. I would probably fly into St. John’s and rent a car or Motorhome and drive across the rest of the island. I lived in town for 28 years and there is a lot to see and do in our beautiful capital city of St. John’s….visit The Rooms, go to Signal Hill, Cape Spear, Quidi Vidi Village, The Battery, etc., etc. If you like music and food, there is no shortage of either, especially in downtown St. John’s. Driving across the island can be somewhat boring unless you divert off to the little communities…Brigus and Cupids are a must, Bonavista and Trinity too…..and you’re not even halfway across the island yet.
      I believe the biggest mistake that people make when coming here is that they can drive across the island and see everything in a couple of days…not possible in my opinion. You can drive from St. John’s to Port Aux Basques (where you can catch the ferry to Nova Scotia) in 10 to 12 hours, but what do you actually experience?
      Check out Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism. If you ever visit Newfoundland, please let me know. We currently live in a little community on the northeast coast, about an hours drive from Twillingate…another must see:)


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