Birch Cove Trail, Change Islands

FeaturedBirch Cove Trail, Change Islands

Change Islands

 

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

Beaver Highrise
Beaver High Rise.

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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.

Cracker-berry/BunchBerry

 

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.

Cull’s Point Lookout Trail

FeaturedCull’s Point Lookout Trail

….gets some clearing and some new signs.

 

 

The trail from the sign in to the actual lookout is approximately 1/2 km and today is still snow covered in places.

We are very fortunate here in the Cove that in 1977, Kevin Head and 15 others developed this trail as a part of a summer works program.  Later Gordon White,  Keith Copper and others involved with the town council at the time (still gathering information on this)  made the trail longer and  it now goes around the headlands and coves, ending near the Wild Bight Road. This is not a long trail, ( approximately 3 km return) but I find it quite relaxing and peaceful.

 

 

Tenacity

 

 

 

New signs

 

 

This first lookout along the trail is perhaps my favourite. It is a great place to stop and maybe have a cup of tea, being careful not to go too close to the edge of the cliff. Later there will probably be an Osprey’s nest on the top of the sea stack. We have stopped to watch the birds guard the nest when out in our boat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I absolutely love this lichen on the white spruce and want to decorate  them with red berries. 🙂

 

 

 

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These windfalls and others have now been cleared.

 

 

A beautiful day, sunny and warm on March 31!

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The trail as of today is quite slippery in places. Hiking stick(s) and cleats are recommended.

 

 

 

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Doctor’s Hill

In the background you can see Doctor’s Hill

Is there anything that is better than to be out walking in the clear air?  In Praise of Walking by Thomas A. Clark

 

Post A Day Word Prompt….. Glorious

Post A Day Word Prompt….. Glorious

Glorious…………………

…. is finding Whirligigs below the Blow Me Down Mountains.

Glorious……
Loosestrife

….is finding a field of Loosestrife in Lomond Provincial Park.

Glorious…….

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……is finding a Thumb Tree on the Great Northern Peninsula.

Glorious……..

Giant Spider

…..is finding a giant spider on the Cape Blow Me Down Trail.

Glorious…..

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…..is finding beautiful driftwood art in Keels.

Glorious is training my mind to hike and enjoy.
Glorious is sharing Newfoundland & Labrador with others.

St. Brendan’s……..tell me your story.

St. Brendan’s……..tell me your story.

To reach St. Brendan’s you must drive to Burnside ( approximately 8 km. north of Eastport) and take a ferry. The trip takes 1 hour and is quite scenic as the bay is dotted with islands, shoals and, at this time of the year, fishing boats.

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…….but don’t pay any attention to this official schedule…oh no, no, no

This is the ‘real’ schedule, which was hidden behind a parked truck when we first arrived!

 

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Burnside

The ferry dock was quite busy with boats unloading caplin. I assume they were being taken to the plant in Happy Adventure.

Thankfully, with  help from someone on the wharf, we were shown the right schedule:) and we were off on another adventure.

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St. Brendan’s Ferry

Where exactly are we going? Checking the map.

 

Never give up listening to the sounds of birds.  John James Audobon

 

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We have arrived.  The population of St. Brendan’s is 140 with 9 being school students. I had assumed that St. Brendan’s was just one community, but  was surprised to find that it is comprised of several little coves. Some have four or five houses.

A beautiful day in St. Brendan’s

Meadowsweet

Let us resist the tendency to take the shallow route, and instead pursue depth in our lives.  From the book entitled Gratitude

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Oh to know its history.

There is something to be said for walking: it is the mode of human locomotion by which man proceeds on his own two feet, upright, erect, as man should be, not squatting on his rear haunches like a frog. Edward Abbey

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Lighthouse Trail

Bull Thistle

 

Lighthouse Trail

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The Three R’s…..ruins, rope & raspberries

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Blackberries

I love the scent of blackberry bushes…..

An easy, scenic hike.

The Beacon. We were told that a lighthouse used to be on this spot years ago.

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Braggs Island

In the distance, across from the lighthouse, is Braggs Island. Greenspond is out there somewhere:)

….and back we go.

 

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Looking, singing, resting, breathing, are all complementary to walking.  Thomas A. Clark

Photos  L & C Fudge