gallows cove

I’m backtracking to March – when Chris and I walked the Gallows Cove Trail in Torbay. The snow had barely gone, in fact at the time, there was still snow and ice in the shade of the woods.  Regardless, the sun had come out and it felt glorious to be outside.

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I only heard about this trail a couple of years ago when my friend was visiting from Ottawa and we were in search of an iceberg. In case you don’t know where it is, you’ll see the sign for Gallows Cove Road just after you drive by Foodland (if you are coming from town). Turn right and you’ll end up at the trail. 5-Torbay

Looking back on these photos, I can almost smell the fresh, clean, crisp, air. I LOVE the deep blue of the ocean and the gradient blues of the sky.

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We only walked for a hour or so – but I heard you can walk all the way around the harbour.  I’ll have to go back and find out more at a later date. Happy Trails.

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kent’s pond

One of the best parts about living in St. John’s is that I get to see my family. I joined my sis and her fam for a  walk around Kent’s Pond last week. I had some time to myself so I checked in with M2 and when she said they were going for a walk I grabbed Rocky and we joined them.

I haven’t spent much time on this trail but lately I’ve been there a few times.  It’s so close to my house and I drive by it almost daily.  It is such a little gem amidst regular life.  It’s easy to forget it is there when you are focused on the to-do list of life.

It was the perfect time of the evening for the sun – it was getting ready to set. You know how amazing the light is at that time of day.

The light through the trees was gorgeous.

I’m going back soon.

capelin in capelin cove!

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While I often tout myself as a proud Newfoundlander, I have something to admit.  As of last week this time, I had never seen the capelin roll <GASP>.  I know – the shock is horrifying.  Perhaps this makes me a poser😉.  I recently told my husband about this, and even he didn’t realize I had not experienced rolling capelin.   So suffice it to say, this was on my bucket list to see for myself. I mean, can I really call myself a true Newfoundlander without this experience???IMG_8933

We spend a lot of time in the summer in Hant’s Harbour, Trinity Bay and the tiny quaint community next door is Capelin Cove.  A presumably perfect spot for capelin.  Usually the capelin roll in June, but they were late arriving this year. Along with the capelin comes the dreaded capelin weather – lots of rain drizzle and fog. I think I can speak for most of us here – we are ready for that to be gone!   So getting to see the capelin roll is good for lots of reasons.

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We heard rumblings that capelin had been in the night before, so Sunday night we headed over to the cove around 9:00 in the evening. As the tide was coming in, you could see the shadows of the little fish in the water. Sorry for the dark photos, but between the lack of light and my iPhone, this is all I could manage.   IMG_8999

At first when the fish came in – it almost looks like big rain drops on the surface of the water. Some people were using their hands and picking them right out of the water, a few had dip nets and one group had a big cast net that half-filled their cooler within seconds of throwing it out and dragging it back to shore chock-full.

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We weren’t catching any – just watching. Check!  Now I’ve seen it. Hopefully we will have better weather and I can move on to other things I haven’t yet done.

oh what a hike!

IMG_8821We’ve had a really cold start to summer. Some are blaming it on the capelin being late rolling, some are just chaulking it up to living in this unpredictable place. Regardless of the reason for the cold, when we finally do get a good day, you have to take full advantage and get outside.

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One day last week we arrived home from work and it was warm and sunny (well, it wasn’t completely freezing).  So we headed to Quidi Vidi Gut and started up the path for the Sugarloaf hike.  This hike takes you from Quidi Vidi all the way to Logy Bay, but we only did the first part of the hike, up to the lookout at the top of the stairs.IMG_8796
At the beginning of the hike, it is not easy to determine the exact path to take.  There are a few options it seems, but you can’t really get lost.  By the time you get higher up the hill, the path is more clearly marked.

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The view gets more and more stunning, the higher you climb (perhaps that goes without saying but it seems worth mentioning as we kept stopping to take photos and just soak it all in). The trail has a variety of lovely paths – some sections take you through the trees and other sections are on top of the rocks where you look down on Quidi Vidi, or out towards Cape Spear.

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When we arrived at the top of the staircase, we could even see an iceberg in the distance.  My iPhone camera did not capture that very well, but it was a little extra treat for us!

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We both absolutely loved this trail.  I had done it a couple of years ago, but it was Chris’ first time.  It is his favourite hike so far.

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We want to go all the way to Logy Bay next time, but that will take a little more time and planning to drop a car off at the other end.  Definitely do-able though.  Can’t wait!

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the grand ‘ole duke of york

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Staircase #2 on the North Head Trail is the toughest for me. When I hike the North Head trail, I try to do this staircase without stopping, because frankly, if I stop, I may never start moving again. So to keep my momentum going, I sing “The Grand ‘Ole Duke of York” in my head.  I’m pretty sure the song is from my Girl Guide days. Don’t worry – I don’t sing it out loud, but if you step on each beat of the song, you have to sing it 3 times to ascend the staircase, with a couple extra steps left over at the end.

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So next time you hike this trail, at Staircase #2, think of me and The Grand Ole Duke. You’re welcome.

 

d’iberville trail, trinity south

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Last weekend we did a hike we have been trying to do for ages.  We had a stellar day and it was the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather.

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The hike leaves from Custards Head in Hants Harbour (down by the lighthouse) and goes along the shoreline to New Chelsea, the next community down the shore (or up the shore, depending on your perspective).

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Most of the hike is through the woods with groomed trails and lovely staircases.

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Early on in the hike, there is an off shoot of the trail to a lookout with an incredible view. Warm gentle wind and the heat of the sun felt glorious, especially after all the cold weather we have been having!

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Around the half way point on the trail, you can look back and see Hants Harbour.

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We took our time and had a picnic lunch on the way so it took us over an hour to get to New Chelsea, but if you were straight hiking it would likely take around 45 minutes. The end of the path comes out in front of the church. So pretty!  We walked back along the highway which was not scenic at all, but we had fun anyway.  Apparently this is only part of the D’Iberville Trail – we definitely need to experience more sections of it soon.  This combines my favourite things about Newfoundland – the ocean, hiking & spending time with my family.

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