Weather in Newfoundland can surely drive one mad! Here on the northeast coast, we have had a cold, dreary April and snow flurries in May. This is not unusual. However, the week to date has been exceptionally beautiful and today I donned my hiking boots and headed for Twillingate. I met Christina there and we set off on a to-die-for scenic hike.
Spiller’s Cove to Codjack’s Cove……..approximately 6.4 km…….is a part of the Rockcut Twillingate Trails system.
A walk in nature walks the soul back home.
The blues of the ocean and sky are intoxicating.
Walking and exploring are among my favourite things to do.
Not in the mood to hike one of Twillingate’s fabulous trails ( I have done them before), I walked in Twillingate just looking at the wildflowers.
Cow parsnip, daisies, and the very tenacious bluebell/harebell. I so admire these little flowers. Just a short way down the road I saw the Smith’s Lookout sign and decided to climb up there again. A very short hike with a great view.
Smith’s Lookout, Twillingate
Smith’s Lookout, Twillingate
A memorial……. and what a fitting site they chose.
There are things we will never see, unless we walk to them. In Praise of Walking, Thomas A. Clark
Explore, see and absorb all that nature has to offer.
World, World, I cannot get thee close enough! Edna St. Vincent Millay
…….actually it came a little too close in the above photo.:)
It was an early morning filled with brilliant sunshine in the Cove (the first in eight days), so we decided to go to Twillingate and hike in the rain:):).
Of course there is a story.
We went to the Women’s Institute Sale first and they were serving ‘light refreshments’……a non-alcoholic punch and homemade treats that included fruit cake and an assortment of Christmas cookies. I just had to have a piece of fruit cake…….well two actually…….and then we went twacking (Dictionary of Newfoundland English defines it as ‘window shopping’, walking about).
Most all the craft shops are closed for the season but the drugstore in Twillingate is a must because they carry sooo many little home decor and seasonal items, plus beautiful scarves, socks, jewelry,etc. The Dollar Store (very little costs just a dollar) sometimes has different items too and by this time it was time for lunch.
The Canvas Cove Bistro (check out their Facebook Page) served a delicious buffet lunch….what a spread……..and so I was so full, I had to walk.
Cousin Debbie introduced me to this trail, Lower Little Harbour, earlier this year but I hadn’t done the extra 3.6 km over the headland to Jonas Cove.
This shrub caught my attention because of its lovely colour, it really stood out in the grey of the day. I find the Wildflower Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and Todd Boland’s Field Guide, Trees & Shrubs Newfoundland and Labrador very helpful when I am not sure of a plant’s identity.
All photos by L. Fudge
We usually take our hiking footwear and clothes on our travels, but this time I forgot my gloves…..
….but I did have an extra pair of socks which worked very well!
At first it was only overcast, then misty and then it rained, but the cool air and barren, rugged scenery were a joy.
Jonas or Jones?
There are a couple of signs, one says Jonas, the other Jones….but they are referring to the same Cove………maybe Jonas Jones lived there once upon a time?:):)
The complete Lower Little Harbour Trail is about 5km.
A unique rock.
They are used in the making of gin, lovely added to a drink with gin, and are also used when cooking wild game.
If you Google Lower Little Harbour Trail Twillingate, you will get mixed reviews on the difficulty of this trail, all however state that there are a couple of “challenging” areas. Tripadvisor is a good place to check for reviews and photos.
The wet, detailed forest.
Uphill and …..
…….down, the trail continues.
This had me laughing aloud with glee… the ocean rose at the entrance, came back down and rushed into the little ‘channel’, hitting the rocks with fury. Delightful!
We reached Jonas Cove after a lovely hike and walked back out on a much shorter path to the community of Little Harbour, not to be confused with Lower Little Harbour.:)
If you would like more on this trail, please check my blog post of April 16,2016.
I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. Nathaniel Hawthorne
My first event was presented by TA Loeffler at the Beothuk Interpretion Centre in Boyd’s Cove, NL. I think everyone must know who TA is but, if not, just click her link above and have an adventure! This event, Miksang Photography Adventure was joyful, contemplative and stirring to the senses. Miksang was a new word for me, it is Tibetan and basically means ‘good eye’.
Desmond made this drum from spruce, steamed the wood and molded it around an old bicycle wheel. A ridge in the wood and sinew holds the oxford cloth (no, he doesn’t buy it at The Mall in Stoneville:)) but gets it from a store in Labrador. The sound is amazing and it is so interesting to listen and to watch. Check out the Interpretation Centre’s website and listen to Desmond tell the stories of drumming.
Interior of Interpretation Centre
After a snack, we hit the trail for a unique photography experience. TA divided our photo journey into colour, form, texture and space and we were encouraged to take photos using each component. I found ‘space’ the most challenging.
A most interesting exercise occurred when we were divided into pairs, one person closed their eyes and became ‘the camera’ with their ‘lens’ (eyes) opening and taking a picture when their partner gently pulled their ear. One workshop member described it as “a flash of vividness.”
In the Spirit Garden
Peek a Boo.
I love it when you go to an event and almost instantaneously, you bond with like-minded individuals. I believe we were all “in the moment.”
“ there is a crack, a crack in everything
that’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen
As I rubbed my hand over the trunk of this tree, I experienced three different textures…..forgot to tell TA that….bet she would have been impressed…I was using two senses simultaneously:):)
Photo by Carol
Photo by Carol
Photo by Carol
Photo by Carol
Beothuk Interpretation Centre Trail
Thank you Twillingate and Dr. TA Loeffler.
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom”. Marcel Proust
This is one of two posts that I will write on Unscripted Twillingate.
Ten days ago, my sister and I drove to Twillingate and did some twacking (the top meaning😊) before joining our cousin at R & J Restaurant for lunch. All three of us enjoy the outdoors and hiking so the conversation led to hiking in the Twillingate area. Our cousin lives there and asked if we had ever done the hike in Little Harbour. No we hadn’t , but of course now we have!
Lower Little Harbour where at one time people lived year around, did they resettle up the trail to Little Harbour;)?
I have always liked the word mosey, it conjures up visions of quietly taking your time, of feeling warm and centered. We discussed the spelling of this “Mozy Inn” , because I had never seen it written. Someone would add an ‘e’, someone would have used ‘s’ instead of ‘z’, etc., but we all agreed that it was a lovely inviting spot. Interestingly enough I did see it written a few days later in Michael Winter’s book Into the Blizzzard…………mosey.
Sugg…an interesting surname for Newfoundland I thought
It was a brilliant, bitterly cold day.
The Natural Arch .
An unexpected, invigorating hike. Thank you Debra.
“Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.” Linda Hogan