After living for 30 years in the city, I now live in a tiny house on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. While there are some things I dislike about this lifestyle, for the most part I embrace it. I like hiking, reading, writing, theater, music, floral arranging, a simple lifestyle and love my crazy family. My goal in starting this blog is to encourage more people to hike and to show you our beautiful Newfoundland trails.......and occasionally trails in other parts of the world. Happy Hiking!
“I see a picture of Iron Skull, and it brings a tear to my eye, For I know, she stands guard o’er the birthplace of this Newfie boy”.
Johnny Drake/The Dorymen
Iron Skull Mountain is the highest mountain in Fortune Bay and is 1129 feet/344 meters high. I would rate this trail as difficult and recommend the use of a hiking stick. Allow 4 to 5 hours (return) for the hike.
I also suggest that when you start the final rocky climb up, you leave some sort of marker to the wooded trail area. When we started down, we had a little difficulty connecting with the trail again. My husband climbed down through the trees walked across the mountain until he connected with the trail and then let us know his whereabouts. It was easy to see the marsh that we had walked over far below, but hard to…
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!
……..Italy has Pompeii, Burgeo Newfoundland has Sandbanks.
Rocks like no other
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
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.
Beautiful mist and fog
Walking in the fog
A moment in time.
Sandbanks Provincial Park, Burgeo NL
The park is a series of stunning beaches and connecting trails.
Can I stay forever?
Johanna in the mist
“Let’s wander where the WiFi is weak.”
Too nice to be real
Moss on an outcrop
Find my friend in the rock
Exploring New Lands
Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the most modern. Carrie Latet
Sandbanks Park, Burgeo NL
Find my friend in the rock
“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