Lost City Found In Burgeo……

FeaturedLost City Found In Burgeo……

……..Italy has Pompeii, Burgeo Newfoundland has Sandbanks.

 

It’s not an old book, or a treasure map. Nope. Staring up at me was a pile of rocks.   Wendy Mass, Jeremy Fink and the Measure of Life

For the first time in my life I find myself wishing I had studied geology.  I always get a feeling of joy when picking up a smooth, warm rock….I close my eyes and feel my daughters’ little hand in mine and, in more recent years, my grandchildren’s. The texture and smoothness of these rocks on the beach at Sandbanks Provincial Park in  Burgeo will be with me always. Because they appear to be made from many tiny rocks, I expected them to be course and rough to the touch, the opposite was true. Running my hand over them on many of my treks, I felt smoothness….like soapstone. I can only assume ( because I didn’t study geology) that over millions of years the ferocious winds, tides and blowing sands smoothed them into this most awesome state.

On the trails…… totally different, but so visually appealing.

 

Aargh
Aargh!

 

On the trails. How did this get here?……my imagination runs wild.

 

I take another look at the stone, round my fingertips over the meticulous brushstrokes and realize that nothing ever returns to time unless it is stored in mute, voiceless objects; rocks tell tales after all.”   Stefan Hertmans, War & Turpentine

Find my friend in the rock
Find my friend in the rock.

 

 

Displaced

Go…..explore!

Trekking Through Sandbanks Provincial Park, Burgeo.

FeaturedTrekking Through Sandbanks Provincial Park, Burgeo.

Just when I think I have seen the best of Newfoundland, I travel and trek to another. Burgeo is located on the south coast of Newfoundland. Take route 480 approximately 20 minutes west of  the Stephenville turnoff. A two hour ride down this road will bring you to Burgeo, home of the breathtaking Sandbanks Provincial Park.

Piping Plover at Sandbanks Provincial Park.

 

Ethereal
Ethereal……..a foggy mist and a brilliant blue sky.

 

A moment in time.
A moment in time.

 

Free style driftwood art
Driftwood art…free style.

The park is a series of stunning beaches and connecting trails.

Can I stay forever?

“Let’s wander where the WiFi is weak.”

 

Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the most modern. Carrie Latet

Beautiful Sandbanks, Burgeo NL

“And what is the sea?” asked Will.

“The Sea!” cried the miller.

“Lord help us all, it is the greatest thing God made!”   Robert Louis Stevenson

Burgeo, Sandbanks Provincial Park  Part I

Indian Lookout Trail…..

FeaturedIndian Lookout Trail…..

…. located in Change Islands, Newfoundland is a walk that evokes mystical, whimsical fantasies. It is filled with vibrant greens, stunning lichen patterns and tranquility.   It is a short hike, approximately 20 minutes one way.

 

 

 

Magic Forest
Enchanted Forest

 

 

Indian Lookout Trail, Change Islands

 

 

Fascinating lichen patterns.

 

 

 

 

 

A variety of mushrooms.

 

It is worth a thousand pounds a year to have the habit of looking on the bright side of things.  Dr. S. Johnson

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Nearing the top.

 

 

 

Caribou Moss & Partridgeberries.

 

 

 

 

At the top.

 

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Go to Change Islands  breath and just be.

 

To further explore Change Islands, also check these blog posts…..Squid  Jiggers Trail, Change Islands….June 18, 2018 AND A Stroll Through Change Islands, August 7, 2018.

 

Seven Oakes Inn, Change Islands

Susan Abma

Newfoundland Pony Sanctuary

 

 

 

 

Otter Rub/ War Path Trail, Arnold’s Cove

FeaturedOtter Rub/ War Path Trail, Arnold’s Cove

……………..a short trail with a pictorial tale, and a great history lesson.

 

I was very curious as to the name Otter Rub. I did a little research but couldn`t find much information. I read somewhere that the site was so named because at one time there were many otters on the beach and they could be seen rubbing themselves. I`ll go with that.

Just a short walk to the site.

A beautiful little beach.

History lesson in story board form—very interesting.

 

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D`Mericans  were really loved!

 

Another great little trail! Arnold`s Cove NL

 

Eastern Point Trail, Trout River NL

FeaturedEastern Point Trail, Trout River NL

Eastern Point trail begins not too far from this unique scene in Trout River.

 

Trout River, population 552, is located on the west coast of Newfoundland. We had a couple of hours between events at the nearby Writers At Woody Point event and decided to drive to Trout River. We did a little walkabout in the community and then hiked this trail.

 

Not a long hike (3 km return), but very picturesque with a variety of seascapes and wildflowers

 

 

We are all creative.

We are all artists of some kind.

some are better than others,

a few are geniuses.

But we all have a creative spirit.

Allow it to rise up.

Nurture it, challenge it.

Give it freedom.

Celebrate it. 

Patrick Lindsay

 

 

Photo inspired by Gerry Squires

Seeing this, I immediately thought of Newfoundland artist Gerry Squires.

Best known for his dramatic landscape paintings in oil and acrylic, as well as his portraits and surrealist paintings, Squires also worked as a sculptor, print maker and newspaper artist. Squires was born in Change Islands but spent much of his childhood on Exploits.        From a CBC News article October 4, 2015

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Walking is good for solving problems – it’s like the feet are little psychiatrists.    

Terri Guillemets

 

Days of many tales, some trails and glorious wildflower treks.

FeaturedDays of many tales, some trails and glorious wildflower treks.

Writers At Woody Point is an event that has been on my bucket list for a few years and last week my husband and I finally made it happen.  It is five days of storytelling, music and readings by amazing authors. It is  indescribable to have so many new experiences, to hear, and be in the presence of, such talent and such breathtaking scenery.

The veterans will tell you that this is an immersive experience- you don’t so much attend it as live it.  Stephen Brunt, Artistic Director

 

Out and about in Woody Point.

The writers at this year’s event were Melissa Barbeau, Dave Bidini, Lindsay Bird, Jeremy Charles, Megan Gail Coles, Mark Critch, Lorna Crozier, Michael Crummey, Anthony De Sa, Linden MacIntyre, Randall Maggs, Des Walsh and Meg Wolitzer!  There were free events as well as tickets for purchase for others. What a line up! Writers At Woody Point is one class act.          ……..yes Meg Wolitzer , author of The Wife, was there!

 

Meg Wolitzer

……..and she graciously agreed to a picture on our Writers in the Wild trek.

Meg Wolitzer   I bought her newest book, The Female Persuasion and loved it. Check out her other great books through her link.

The line up of hosts was equally impressive…..Shelagh Rogers, Angela Antle, Ian Brown, Tom Power and Miranda Hill.

Musicians and performers were Barney Bentall, Anita Best, Matthew Byrne, Rose Cousins, Dark By Five, Jeremy Dutcher, David Ferry, The Once, Sandy Morris (he’s everywhere! How does he do it?!), Shane Murphy, Jodee Richardson and Sherry Ryan. So much talent.

 

Jeremy Dutcher

I hadn’t planned on attending his concert, but during the day I became intrigued because I heard such phenomenal things about him. Luckily a lady was selling her ticket and my husband was in ‘the right place, at the right time’.  Jeremy is a member of the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick and

is a classically trained Canadian Indigenous tenor, composer, Musicologist, performer and activist.

A week later and I am still in awe of what I heard and saw.

Between events I went looking for wildflowers in Lomond and Woody Point. Beautiful Asters, Queen of the Meadow, Tansy Ragwort and Joe Pye Weed.

Purple Loosestrive
Purple Loosestrife

 Writers in the Wild did not disappoint. Readings and singing by Meg Wolitzer, Rose Cousins and Jodee Richardson.

As we were walking back the trail, we had another huge surprise waiting! Jeremy Charles of Raymond’s Restaurant was in the bush cooking us ravioli filled with wild rabbit, chanterelle mushrooms and partridgeberries. No words are needed.

 

The following day, members of Qalipu First Nations   end our educational Medicine Walk with soul stirring drumming and chants.

Be proactive and  mark August 13-18, 2020 on your calendar now. Writers At Woody Point will be hosting its 17th annual event.

Comfort Cove Wildflower Walk

FeaturedComfort Cove Wildflower Walk

The best that can be said of my knowledge of wildflowers is that I know very little but I like them. I like learning about them, searching for their identification through books,  asking other people,  from wildflower experts and the Wildflowers of Newfoundland and Labrador FB page.

Some friends and I did a little walk about the Cove on a lovely sunny morning and together we studied the wildflowers growing by the side of the road in Comfort Cove. These I believe are pretty common wildflowers but oh so pretty.

Wild madder/Bedstraw

This one took a little time, but was ID’d by members of  Wildflowers of Newfoundland and Labrador.  It is further described as a roadside mix, dumped by contractors doing road work. I, for one, am so glad they did…growing all along the roadside of Comfort Cove-Newstead they make quite the visual statement.

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I took this picture on one of my solo walks in Newstead. A variety of Daisy…Ox eye, English, some other???? not sure. As children we called them Bachelor Buttons and would pull off the petals one by one, reciting “he loves me, he loves me not.”

St. John’s Wort

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I like wildflowers, I like how they grow anywhere…in fields, among rocks, bogs, roadsides, between old boards, barrels, on barrens…simply wherever they feel like it.  They always seem so happy and free and for the most part co-exist happily together, sometimes invading each other’s space.

 

On a recent medicine walk in Woody Point NL, I learned that the leaves of the common Yarrow can be inserted in wounds to stop bleeding. Also the whole plant can be thrown in a fire to drive away flies.

 

You belong among the wildflowers

You belong in a boat out at sea

Sail away, kill off the hours

You belong somewhere you feel free.     Wildflowers  by Tom Petty

Cow Vetch
Cow Vetch

Bring your enthusiasm for life with you everywhere you go, and it will be contagious.   Dr. Bernie S. Siegel

 

 

Butter and Eggs

 

Butter and Eggs

Butter and Eggs

 

Go outside, walk, walk and then walk some more, see and explore, learn and marvel.