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