A journey implies a destination,….

so many miles to be consumed, while a walk is its own measure, complete at every point along the way.”  In Praise of Walking  Thomas A. Clarke

Recently I have been very busy with daily life and while I walk daily, I find myself longing to be out on a long hike….soon, soon, soon. This shorter hike in the  Jackson’s Cove/Harry’s Harbour area near King’s Point would satisfy my need at the moment.  We did this quiet, beautiful trail a couple of years ago and would highly recommend it to anyone.

 

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A quiet adventure

 

 

 

 

 

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The Arch….photo by carolfromthecove

 

Beautiful blues and a moment to pause and ponder the wonder of the sea.

The line of a walk is articulate in itself, a kind of statement. Thomas A. Clark

When you are tired of words , perhaps photos make a better statement.

My November Guest

My sister, Joan and I have been walking in the November rain of late and even though I like the feel of the cold rain on my face, the surroundings sometimes look a little desolate.  Robert Frost now has me seeing with new eyes.

My November Guest

My Sorrow, when she’s here with me,

Thinks these dark days of autumn rain

Are beautiful as days can be;

She loves the bare, the withered tree;

She walks the sodden pasture Lane.

Her pleasure will not let me stay.

She talks and I am fain to list:

She’s glad the birds have gone away,

She’s glad her simple worsted grey

Is silver now with clinging mist.

The desolate, deserted trees,

The faded earth, the heavy sky,

The beauties she so truly sees,

She thinks I have no eyes for these,

And vexes me for reasons why.

Not yesterday I learned to know

The love of bare November days

Before the coming of the snow,

But it were vain to tell her so,

And they are better for her praise.

Robert Frost

“Always everywhere, people have walked, veining the earth with paths,

visible and invisible, symmetrical or meandering.”  Thomas A. Clark  In Praise of Walking 

The Alexander Murray Trail is both visible and invisible,  it is not symmetrical and it does meander and go up, up, up at various points along the trail. I have hiked this amazing trail twice, in 2011 with my husband and in 2014 with my sister. Both hikes were stirring, impressive and at times daunting. It is not the length of this trail (8 km) but rather the fact that there are 2200 stairs…. which may deter some. Best not to think of it and simply keep hiking?

The 2200 stairs are a total of up AND down with the trail being a loop that eventually brings you back out. Alexander Murray was the first director of the Geological Survey of Newfoundland and was quite impressed by what he saw.  How could he not?

 

Alexander Murray Trail photo by Lionel Fudge
Alexander Murray Trail
photo by Lionel Fudge

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Photos by Carol
Photos by Carol

Alexander Murray Trail

Stairs, stairs and more stairs.

Alexander Murray Trail, King's Point
Alexander Murray Trail, King’s Point
Spectacular and soothing. Worth the EXTRA stairs and back. Photo by Lionel Fudge
Spectacular and soothing. Worth the EXTRA stairs down and back. Photo by Lionel Fudge

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Worth the EXTRA stairs down and back.

Yes!
Yes!

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On the way down with our summit, Haypook Mountain in the background.
On the way down, with our summit, Haypook Mountain in the background.
My sister, Joan and me 2014.
With my sister, Joan 2014.

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Almost back, the bridge is so lovely........2011.
Almost back, the bridge is so lovely……..2011.
Photo by Joan
2014   No bridge! Photo by Joan

A mini vacation in King’s Point Newfoundland is pleasing to all the senses and is both mentally and physically rewarding.

King's Point, NL
King’s Point, NL

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A visit to King’s Point Pottery is a must…….

King' Point Pottery
King’ Point Pottery

I have several of their pieces, as well as some glassworks from  other artists that they now showcase.

 

 

2011 King's Point, NL
2011 King’s Point, NL

Refreshments from Seaside Café are very welcome after hiking the trails in the area.

That something exists outside ourselves and our preoccupations, so near, so readily available, is our greatest blessing.  Thomas A. Clark 

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other.”

Daily bring heaven down to earth

” Bringing heaven down to earth, into our daily life, is how we rule our world.”      Sakyong Mipham

I have learned how to do this on most days………watching the antics of the Bluejays outside my window, talking with my daughters and grandchildren, going for a long walk,  creating something new however small, trying a new recipe, learning something new, organizing and cleaning my nest, taking photos, planning a trip, meeting new people, volunteering, staying in the moment, reading a good book, hiking, feeling the cold air on my face, watching autumn arrive with all it’s vibrant colours and being always curious as to the why and how of things. I hope my future involves all of this and more.