via A Twillingate Trek on Batrix Island Trail with a Culinary Tale
Month: September 2019
A 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.
…..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
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.
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……
……..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.
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
Trekking 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.
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
“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
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…..
…. 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.
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
Nearing the top.
Caribou Moss & Partridgeberries.
At the top.
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