Chamber Cove Trail…..learning about one of the worst disasters in United States Naval history.

Chamber Cove Trail…..learning about one of the worst disasters in United States Naval history.

This is a short trail, approximately 4 km return. After walking the dirt path/road that leads to the Cove, the scenery is spectacular.

On February 18, 1942 an horrific naval disaster occurred on

Newfoundland’s south coast.

Click the link above and read this horrific and heroic story.

The Truxtun was trapped in Chamber Cove and the Pollux about one and a half miles west at Lawn Point. The Truxtun was carrying 156 men and the Pollux 233. For hours, these men fought to survive in the driving sleet, howling wind, and bitter cold of the North Atlantic.

The Story – Dead Reckoning: The Pollux-Truxtun Disaster

This trail should be on everyone’s bucket list. This disaster has been documented many times and I am sure almost everyone knows of Lanier W. Phillips. Seeing the actual sight on a warm summer’s day with calm seas, it is still difficult to comprehend how 186 (203 died) men were saved. A terrible storm, giant waves, a gruesome death but bravery and compassion were also evident on that terrible night.

Standing Into Danger by Cassie Brown tells the story of the shipwrecks and the rescue and is available on Amazon.

Go, explore and learn about the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Trekking through Mary March Wilderness Park…..

Trekking through Mary March Wilderness Park…..

……on the shores of Red Indian Lake. Red Indian Lake is the second longest lake on the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is 64.4 km long and averages 5.8 km in width.  Mary March Wilderness Park is located near Buchans Junction and has been privately owned for 25 years.


Wild irises are everywhere.


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A great way to start the day.

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A hammock tent!

Defying the odds.

The owners keep animals at the park. The pig and goat share a home and are best buds.  Their daughter’s dog used to live with them too but decided to move out, they do however, remain the best of friends.:) I was told that sometimes you can see the daughter, followed by her dog, then the pig and finally the goat at the rear, walking on the beach.

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Mary March Wilderness Park, Newfoundland & Labrador

If you love glamping and enjoy posh settings when you camp, this may not be the place for you. If you like seeing the world from a different perspective, go…walk the shoreline of the lake, see the shore birds, walk in the woods and listen to the song birds, study the trees, listen to the loons at night, see how nature thrives on the rocky shores, light a soothing campfire, breath deeply and relax totally.

Everything we meet is equally important or unimportant.

In Praise of Walking…..Thomas A. Clark

Jumpers Head Lookout, Birchy Bay NL

Jumpers 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.


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

Hiking 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

Twice 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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Iron Skull Mountain Trail, Belleoram

Iron Skull Mountain Trail, Belleoram

Green Party candidate Byron White is campaigning in this beautiful area today.

Treks Trails & Tales

“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

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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…

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