Day 35 - Snowmobile path to Snowshoe trail head - Baie Verte Peninsula, NL Canada
Day 35/June 7, 2016 – Snowmobile path to Snowshoe
trailhead – Baie Verte Peninsula
Stopped in BaieVerte to get internet and try the
visitor information center (closed).First stop was Coachman’s cove to see their bread oven and hike their
French Island trail…a nice walk out to the point of reasonable length (not a
short ½ mile but not 10 either). We saw very fresh moose scat twice on the
trail…made me think he was going to b sitting at a picnic bench at the end
smoking a cigarette.We did notice that
he used and liked the boardwalks, trail but seemed to avoid the steep steps.The French influence was discovered in 2000
when excavating nearby French Island; they found pottery from Normandy.
I think I can ALMOST say there is an iceberg in
every cove?Coachman’s Cove had 5 of
varying sizes and plenty of bergy bits.I had to stop David from taking more iceberg pictures…really!
The leaves began to pop about a week ago in some
areas and are just starting up here in the north.A bazillion colors of greens and my favorite
time of year.
Fleur De Lys
Our next stop was Fleur De Lys…a serious fishing
town.We walked the Ocean view trail
(easy and one mile, steps, boardwalks)…nice views along the way.Then we stopped at the Dorset Soapstone
Museum which was closed but we walk the Spotted Point Trail (5 miles RT) which
gave us some pretty amazing views and a couple more massive icebergs to admire.
Dorset Soapstone Museum
The Dorset Soapstone Quarry preserves
evidence of Paleo Eskimo carvings (vessels) dating bay 1600 years.The blanks were right next to the trail and
there were many of them in a small area right behind the Interpretive
Center.Basically they rough carved
these rounded blocks out of the soapstone rock and then removed them to make
their vessels.Rather interesting.
Our overnight parking site tonight is a snowshoe
trailhead because it was getting late and we needed to eat so the touring had
to end.No walk because the trails
assumed frozen ground (walk across a pond) and they were overgrown.
Views on our hike
Views on our hike
More icebergs...just couldn't avoid them this year