Sunday, 8 July 2007

Around the Bay

Bill's Shot #1Newfoundland has three geographic areas: the first is 'town', which is St. John's, the second is 'around the bay', which is everything else, less the third part, which is 'down on the Labrador'. Trish, Anne, and I visited Bill and Christine 'around the bay' at their cabin in Marysvale. It's a wonderful spot to go to get away from the stress of the city and everyday work life. Many of their family have cabins nearby and often stop in for a chat or a bite to eat.

Heritage TrailIt poured rain while we were they (we even lost the power in a thunderstorm), so we stayed inside, ate, drank, and played games. On our last day there, the rain let up long enough for a hike around the Shoreline Heritage Trail. This is a lovely walk, which can last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours depending upon your speed and whether or not you stop for a bite to eat at the Madrock Cafe and Crafts store. I'd recommend stopping. The food is wonderful and it's nice to sit down after a long walk. The trail is very well maintained. The grass sections are mowed and a number of sections have flat rocks laid out so you can avoid the wet muck (for those rare times when its raining!). Handrails are rare and there are a number of places where you can get VERY close to steep cliffs. Falling off of one would really ruin your day, so if you go with kids, keep an eye on them. On the upside, there are also a number of outhouses, in case you or your kids have to 'go'.

Getting Started (2)

There are a number of interpretive signs to fill you in on some of the history of the area. A number of root cellars and rock walls along the way have been restored, making the landscape look a lot like Northern England (minus the sheep).

The Root Cellar #1

Don't let the barren expanse fool you. There are plenty of opportunities to take a few 'snaps', so make sure you bring along your camera.

Anne's shot

See all of the photos taken on the Shoreline Heritage Trail, along with the other shots I took on this visit home in this slide show HERE.

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