This is definitely the last of winter. For sure. No doubt about it.
Well, maybe by May two-four we'll see the last of it. For sure. No doubt about it.
But it doesn't matter either way, because spring has really sprung!
I saw a robin and there is a crocus pushing through last year's grass remnants! Yes.
Happy New Year!
January is the time of year when I am reminded that we live on a rock that protrudes farther into the Atlantic Ocean than can be reasonably justified.
And I am also reminded that our forefathers had a stellar amount of tenacity. And possibly cleated feet.
Doesn't get much better than a road trip with your sister and one of your best friends!
I am just back from a week away that saw us go from St. John's to Stephenville, with a few stops in between, and a slight detour up the Northern Peninsula.
The trip would have been two weeks had I stopped at all the places I wanted; apparently, you can't do it all.
We started out at Max Simms Camp just outside Bishop Falls for an event called BOW- Becoming an Outdoors Woman.
According to their website: "The Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Program is a workshop for women who wish to learn new outdoor recreation skills or enhance their knowledge of fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities". There were sessions in fly fishing, outdoor survival, archery, rifle shooting, and kayaking, just to name a few. I delivered a Nature Photography course. The camp was well run, educational, and loads of fun.
I took these pictures almost two months ago and am just now getting around to processing them. It has been that kind of summer.
Mistaken Point. According to the NL Wilderness and Ecological Reserves website: "Embedded in the planes of Mistaken Point's tilted and cleaved mudstone and sandstone, exposed by the pounding of the Atlantic waves, are fossils of the oldest creatures—in fact, the oldest complex life forms—found anywhere on Earth. Known to scientists as the Ediacara biota, they are creatures that lived 575 to 542 million years ago, when all life was in the sea". I couldn't have said that any better myself.
Burnt Head Loop is a beautiful coastal hike in Cupids, NL. According to Trail Peak "...great for all ages, passes by fine coastal scenery and should take no more than 1 - 1.5 hours". The trail has ample signage and, in September, there are oodles of blueberries and butterflies.
The first time I hiked Burnt Head Loop was for a wedding. It is not a challenging trail, but I definitely wouldn't recommend hiking it in heels. Thanks to the bride and groom, we were wise to the footwear requirement and all went well. And when the groom finally showed up (after getting waylaid coming from town) the ceremony went off without a hitch. It was very special. But then, would you expect any less from a wedding taking place in a community named Cupids?
Pretty darn good name for that bay, I am thinking. Had we gone all the way to Deadman's Bay I am pretty sure I would have been a corpse!
The guide indicates the trail will take 4-7 hours and is "moderate to difficult". I have done enough of the East Coast Trail to know that I am on the high end of hiking times. This may be because I stop every 5 minutes to take a picture, or it may be because I am getting a bit long in the tooth and wide in the chassis...hard to say, and pointless to question, but I am always mindful of it when I go on a hike.
How can I have lived to be 50+ years old and not have heard of a Strawberry Moon?
I don't get it. I try to keep up on the ol' vocab, like any respectable lexophile. But I knew nothing about the Strawberry Moon. And apparently there is one every year. EVERY YEAR folks. I am gobsmacked.
Bakeapple. Rubus chamaemorus. Known in many places as 'cloudberry'.
Bakeapples are a member of the rose family (Rosaceae), along with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and plum boys. There is a whole lot more to the rose family than beautiful flowers! Loaded with Vitamin C, these berries are tasty, and very good for you.
To the rest of the world, bakeapples are an exotic berry, but they can be found on the island portion of Newfoundland as well as in Labrador, and are a strong motivator for getting out in the woods when the time is right.
But the motivation is not strong enough for me; I actually don't spend any time picking bakeapples in the summer.
Not one decoration comes down until after Old Christmas Day. Not one!
But I must admit, my heart is not into it so much anymore. Kinda like the rest of the world, I think.
It is a bit of a mystery though- we are pretty eager to tack 6 weeks onto the front end of the Christmas Season but pretty darn reluctant to end it on the final day, let alone tack a day or so on the rear end of it.
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