Horses & Wind – Cape St. Lawrence – Lowland Cove
Despite a few sore muscles from the day before, I ventured out to do Cape St. Lawrence-Lowland Cove. This is a new hike this year in the festival and it certainly lived up to its reputation. 36 hikers enjoyed this 11 km hike that started from Meat Cove down to Cape St. Lawrence, to Lowland Cove and back to Meat Cove – 6.5 hours. Because of the distance of this hike, we were able to chat with many fellow hikers and make new friends.
One of the nice surprises was the horses at Cape St. Lawrence. They certainly enjoyed our company and liked all the attention & food. Cape St. Lawrence was cold & windy and a jacket was necessary while we enjoyed lunch here. After lunch we were off to Lowland Cove, where we saw great ocean scenery and mountains. Our group pic was taken there. Then back to Meat Cove where many will agree the hardest part of the hike.
Many thanks to our guides David Rasmussen, and Bill Danielson, sweeps – Derek Quann, Esther Danielson, and Sandra LeBlanc for a fine job. Thanks to Derrick MacLellan and his partners for opening the Meat Cove Welcome Centre for the day and being such fine hosts. They served great food by the way as many of us had supper there after the hike.
The other hike featured today during the Hike the Highlands Festival was White Point where Guide Becky Jackson, sweepers Jen Moses and Leona Stockley, led 24 hikers out to Two Twittle. This hike also feature cold & high winds but great scenery. The day ended with a great presentation by Billy Budge on St. Paul’s Island . Billy’s is great storyteller & photographer and provided history, pictures and stories about life on St. Paul’s Island. On many of the northern hikes in the festival you can see St. Paul’s Island on a clear day – like today on Cape St. Lawrence Hike.
Tomorrow’s weather forecast by Environment Canada – Sunny and High of 16. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. Monday’s hike is Sugarloaf Mountain. The provincial department tourism photographer, Wally Hayes, will be joining us on the Sugarloaf Guided Hike.