Lomond…..Wildflowers & Beauty Everywhere

Lomond…..Wildflowers & Beauty Everywhere

We went in search of Lomond Campground because we had camped there many years ago when our girls were younger. We were mistakenly directed to Lomond River Lodge and, while I am sure this is a nice camping spot, I knew this wasn’t what I was looking for.

We decided to take Route 431 from Wiltondale and head down towards Woody Point. About 18 km down we saw the sign Lomond Campground  and  the next two days were idyllic. Lomond Campground 1 877 737 3783.

A Little Piece of Heaven

This campground has 29 unserviced sites, but there is water, showers, washrooms and kitchens that are all lovely. It is suitable for smaller campers, Camper Vans, tents, truck campers but not the larger monster (sorry, didn’t mean to write monster:) ) rigs that I see people driving/towing.

We met many people from outside of Newfoundland who were staying here in tents, or in  CVs similar to ours.

One family was here from Quebec with four little boys, ‘like steps of the stairs’ and were staying in two tents. The father said, “we try for girl”  “now no more, we have enough!” :):)

Loosestrife
Loosestrife
Loosestrife
Loosestrife

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Golden hours of vision come to us in this present life when we are at our best.  Dole

Lomond was actually a community back in the mid 1900s, and today, not only do we see glorious wildflowers, but many of the cultivated flowers from the old gardens…….a feast of colour.

All of this and a fellow camper playing  his harmonica!  Heaven was definitely brought down to earth here in Lomond.

Travelling Tea Kettle
Traveling Teakettle……gift from my sister.

We usually eat inside our CV, but on such a gorgeous evening that was unthinkable.

Bog Candle/Scent Bottle Orchid

Up from the beach, and just behind the change station area, you will find a trail that leads to Paynes Cove and the abandoned settlement of Stanleyville.

…….and so….

……………….off we went.

This is an easy trail, although there are some steps, and  is only 4 km return.

Whte-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
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White-throated Sparrow

Self Heal Plant

Along the trail we saw many interesting plants, ferns and birds.  The Wildflower Society of Newfoundland and Labrador is a great resource for me and the members are so willing to help.

Stanleyville Trail, Gros Morne

Smurf houses and ferns

From gardens of long ago…Stanleyville was once a logging community.

After taking a very slow pace to absorb and see, we arrive in  Stanleyville…….people must have found it very difficult to leave this lovely place.

Stanleyville

Fallen
Fallen

A rock outcrop, a hedge, a fallen tree, anything that turns us out of our way, is an excellent thing on a walk.  Thomas A. Clark

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty.  She’s ninety-three today and we don’t know where the hell she is.     Ellen DeGeneres

Photos by L & C Fudge

Clouds & Roses

Clouds & Roses

 

Let distractions melt away like clouds disappearing in the sky.   Milarepa

We met a couple from Nova Scotia and they have been coming here to Norris Point  every summer for the past seven years….smart people!

 

Norris Point & area, Gros Morne National Park

 

 

Tranquility

Norris Point

We were overlooking Norris Point and were totally captivated by this scene, we are above the clouds.:)

 

Norris Point and Rocky Harbour are scenic, interesting and  inspiring. To see and feel most of Newfoundland, I believe you must walk, stop, listen and absorb.

Norris Point is also home to the Bonne Bay Marine Station and The Cat Stop Pub and Grub (check out their Facebook pages), these are two of my favourite places, there are others to see and explore. For more on this area please read my blog of April 6, 2016.

….and then it was on to Green Point, an ecological wonder (see previous blog).

Driftwood

Sticks & Stones

 

Silverweed

Sea Lungwort

Sea Lungwort

These plants were growing on the beach at Green Point, the underside of the Silverweed’s leaves are white and the Lungwort was stunning in  its arrangement amongst the rocks.

 

I believe these are Meadowrue.

Coastal Trail

…and we are of on another beautiful hike……met Sherman Downey

  along the trail, I like his songs and music.

Interesting trail…..from darkness to light.

Driftwood Sculpture

Driftwood Sculpture…artist unknown.

 

 Baker’s Brook?

Enter if you Dare!

This unique formation of trees caught my eye, formed by the wind and time. It forms a great wooden cave. Nature is……………………………………………

Beachcombing

Beachcombing

The Coastal Trail at Green Point is an easy trek (6 km return) and so worth doing.

Is it so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done?  Matthew Arnold

 

Photos L. Fudge