Blogging 101…why I blog.

Blogging 101…why I blog.

I have just recently upgraded to a domain and I have decided to do a few Blogging University exercises.

I began blogging to encourage people to get outdoors and walk/hike and also because I like to write. My focus is hiking,nature,photos and my home province of Newfoundland. I believe to really experience Newfoundland (and most places), you need to park your car and walk. I would like to reach people who embrace a simple lifestyle and my main objective, along with having fun, is to show people the great hiking trails and scenery of Newfoundland. I do this through tales, photos,and quotes.

Burgoyne’s Cove…………………a trek with a very sad tale.

Burgoyne’s Cove…………………a trek with a very sad tale.

On March 18, 1953, a gigantic B36 aircraft on a secret reconnaissance mission crashed on a hillside near Burgoyne’s Cove, Newfoundland. All 23 crew members were killed. The plane left the Azores headed for Maine, but was forced off course by weather conditions and hit the hillside just north of Burgoyne’s Cove. An excellent source of information is http://www.hiddennewfoundland.ca ,  under the Vehicles and Vessels tab click Burgoynes Cove B36 crash.

My sister put this trail on my radar about two years ago, and finally, with my husband joining us, we did the trek.  Because route 320A, off the Bonavista Highway to George’s Brook, was under construction, we took Marine Drive in Clarenville, through Shoal Harbour and continued on this route until we eventually arrived at George’s Brook and then turned down to Burgoyne’s Cove. There we found the sign which indicated the Slate Quarry and took this dirt road for approximately 4.5 km until we reached the trail head. Because we were in our camper van, we actually drove 2.5 km  and walked the remaining 2 km.  This was a good decision and we enjoyed the  morning walk.

 

Quarry Road

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The sign for the actual trail could  very easily be missed.

The sign says 1/2 hour, most posts on the trail say 40 minutes and I would agree. The trail is not long (1 km) or overly arduous, but it is a steady climb uphill and the path is covered with intertwining tree roots. I would rate it moderate but it may be difficult for the inexperienced hiker.

Stay focused.

Along the trail.

 

Continuing uphill, we pause and explore. We  hiked the trail in the morning and there was a slight breeze…..perfect hiking conditions.

Moments of beauty.

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Ferns are always a welcoming sight for me.

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…….and then we see the first piece, not so bad.

 

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We continue to walk and there is debris everywhere, far flung and in the oddest places….and the sadness comes. How horrific. How sad. We are all subdued and can not stop looking and searching and learning.

Sixty-four years later and their story is told by the aircraft pieces scattered  all over the hillside.

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Hiking further up the hill to view the memorial.

Views from the top are spectacular…..Smith Sound……

One blade of one of the airplane’s propellers is used for their monument… how fitting.  We read the names of the 23 people aboard and pause to reflect.

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We can only hope.

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We can walk between two places and in so doing establish a link between them into a warmth of contact, like introducing two friends.   Thomas A. Clark

Maybe by hiking here, we connect the past with the present.

This plane was enormous and in reading the information it says the men would ride on a trolley to get from the tail to the front. It had ten engines and now, for sixty-four years, it all lies scattered on the hillside near Burgoyne’s Cove. The bodies were eventually air lifted out to the naval base and then flown back to the US.

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We return to Quarry Road subdued, but thankful too that we had completed the hike and learned more about the Burgoyne’s Cove crash of 1953.

An experience is an arch to build upon.  Henry Burton

 

Photos 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

 

 

Bonavista…..a short tale

Bonavista…..a short tale

I feel the earth, the wind, the trees. I feel its spirit. It puts me in the moment. G. H. Jennings

 

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After hiking and camping in Keels, we went to Bonavista to visit John. John lives near Cape Bonavista lighthouse and we found him while hiking  the Cape Shore Trail. This is an easy trail (3.5km) with great ocean views.

Starry False Solomon’s Seal

We found these while hiking this trail and, while they are apparently common along coastal shores and headlands in Newfoundland, this was a first for me. I find it so interesting researching the names of wildflowers and my books and the Wildflower Society of Newfoundland are great resources.

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Islands in the Stream……for Kenny & Dolly

I saw this while walking the Old Day’s Pond Boardwalk (1km) and it brought the song to mind.

 

……….Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.   John Muir

Bluebells, Irises and a lone gull.

We spent a couple of hours watching gulls and it is only now that I can identify  a Herring Gull and a Ring billed Gull. I will focus on identifying more later.   We also saw Guillemots, Pintail Ducks and Cormorants but because my husband had left his camera at home, ( we only had our cell phones) we have no pictures!

When human beings lose their connection to nature, to heaven and earth, then they do not know how to nurture their environment or how to rule their world—which is saying the same thing. Human beings destroy their ecology at the same time they destroy one another. From that perspective, healing our society goes hand in hand with healing our personal, elemental connection with the phenomenal world.  The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa

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Please check these links for some great shops in Bonavista.

East Coast Glow

Sweet Rock Ice Cream & Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate Shop

The historic premises,  Matthew Legacy Centre,  Mockbeggar Plantation, the Garrick Theatre, the shops and pubs, etc. also make Bonavista a place worth taking the time to see.

Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.

Keels……home of “Maudie”, Wild Irises and Bluebells.

Keels……home of “Maudie”, Wild Irises and Bluebells.

For the woman who said ” Why would you want to go to Keels?” The answer was:

  • I first heard of it as a child
  • Segments of the movie Maudie were filmed here
  • I love to go where I have never been

 

Now that I’ve been there, the answer is:

  • because of the Wild Irises
  • because of the Bluebells
  • because of the Pitcher Plants and so many other wild flowers
  • because of Selby Mesh, owner of the store where parts of the movie ” Maudie” were filmed
  • because of the hiking
  • the rocks
  • the ocean
  • the people, both local and those from the US who have summer homes here
  • Clayton’s Chip Van

 

Our camera was left at home and we had to use our cell phones for pictures, but that’s a tale best left untold.

Maudie was filmed in several places in Newfoundland and is one of my favourite movies.  The store used in several scenes belongs to Selby Mesh and was owned by his father before him. It was so interesting to talk with him about Keels, the store and the filming of Maudie. Many of the props used in the movie were left in the store and the store itself went through a makeover on the inside. Selby is hoping to open a tea room in his store and has built a beautiful deck overlooking the ocean. To date one of the government departments  (Environment ?) has refused  to issue the permit. He needs a solution for his sewage disposal and has a few options, but the one which has govermental approval is too expensive.

I hope he succeeds.

 

 

Props from the movie……..not sure if the Georgie Girl Lingerie box is because it contains lingerie that is for sale.

 

Mesh’s Store, Keels

………oh yes, even the devil has been here!

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental status.  Carol Welch

We were caught in the rain on our way back from this hike.

The next day we decided to do another hike, Skiddie Hill…..it is quite the climb.

There are things we will never see, unless we walk to them.  Thomas A. Clark

 

The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are. C. G. Jung

…and we made it to the top, with Keels far below.  What a beautiful, sunny, windy day.

If the Devil’s Footprints are here, maybe this is Shrek’s Stream.

 

Abandoned Rock Quarry

A very kind lady lent us her hose so we could fill our water tank in our camper van….I had never seen a pink water hose.:)

After this, the winter of my discontent, I have found myself again, I am steady.

There are walks on which I lose myself, walks which return me to myself again.

In Praise of Walking Thomas A. Clark

Doctor’s Hill, Comfort Cove NL

Doctor’s Hill, Comfort Cove NL

 

Although Comfort Cove is not a hiking destination, it does have many intriguing landscapes to discover and hike. Doctor’s Hill Lookout is one of these. Doctor’s Hill is not high (61 meters, about 200 ft), nor is the trail long, it is however somewhat treacherous.

Sister dear and I  set out early one morning to climb it but could not find the trail!  After spending some time searching for a path, we decided to try and climb straight up the hill. We did manage to get nearly to the top but thought it prudent to return to safety.

 

Failed attempt to summit!
Doctor’s Hill

Defeat is not easy:)

 

 

After questioning some of the locals, we learned that one gentleman had climbed to the top on a few occasions and he was kind enough to show us where the trail originated.  So……….

 

Sister dear is in a much better frame of mind.

Later in the Fall, my husband and I climbed it.

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 A trail?

 

 

The views are worth the climb.

 

 

May you live all the days of your life.”  Jonathan Swift