Category Archives: Newfoundland

Boatbuilding as a Full Contact Sport

Using the linear planer is intense. I’ve adopted the role of board puller which means I’m face and eyes into the sawdust. I think I like it because it reminds me of skiing across Greenland or Sweden when we faced … Continue reading

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Finding Centre and Other Life Lessons from Boatbuilding

Day three of boatbuilding school at the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador has come to an end and we’ve learned many more skills, ideas, and vocabulary today. We’ve focused on finding centre from almost minute one of the … Continue reading

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From Stem to Stern

Marian, Michael, and I are spending this week at the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador in Winterton learning how to build a Grandy Dory (pictured above). I’ve been trying to get to a workshop here for a few … Continue reading

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Twillingate…Totally Awesome Adventures

I’ve been coming to Twillingate for some time now. Each time, I’ve found adventures around every corner, on land and sea, in town, on trails and beyond. I’ve just had the privilege of being here for my longest visit ever … Continue reading

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Rooting for Adventure in Twillingate

Sometimes it’s best to tell a story from end to beginning. So here is our intrepid group at the end of our experience of seeing where an unscripted walk, searching for root cellars, would take us. We are holding root … Continue reading

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Buns on the Beach

This morning we left on an adventure. With red bags filled with baking gear, we headed off toward the trailhead. We took a left at the sign and headed over to French Beach. We stopped and nibbled on a few … Continue reading

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Foraging for Adventure with Adventurous Foragers

A gorgeous day greeted us as we headed out on our “Foraging for Adventure” workshop at the Unscripted Twillingate Digital Media Arts Festival.  Starting with Newfoundland’s iconic berry, we began our day looking at blueberries in lots of new ways…the … Continue reading

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Audio Post from the Top of Twillingate

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SPOT Check-In from the Top of Twillingate

TA Latitude:49.62207 Longitude:-54.74759 GPS location Date/Time:09/22/2015 12:00:30 NDT Message:This is our Unscripted Twillingate Media Arts Festival location. We’re out capturing adventure all over town! Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/Qra4E/49.62207N/54.74759W If the above link does … Continue reading

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M is for Morne, Gros Morne: Ama Dablam #11

Marian and I travelled back across the island to Gros Morne National Park again this weekend to teach at the Becoming an Outdoors Workshop. We stayed an extra day to do our second climb of Gros Morne together. To increase … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from SPOT TA

TA Latitude:48.19932 Longitude:-53.53995 GPS location Date/Time:08/10/2014 17:47:18 NDT Message:Hello from Random Island. We are five kayaks and two canoes on an island exploration mission! Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/IYR-J/48.19932N/53.53995W If the above link does … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from SPOT TA

TA Latitude:48.71581 Longitude:-53.78699 GPS location Date/Time:08/04/2014 15:34:04 NDT Message:Hello from Bonavista Bay. We are five kayaks on an island exploration mission! This is where we are hanging! Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/IQGcF/48.71581N/53.78699W If the … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from SPOT TA

TA Latitude:48.77600 Longitude:-53.71625 GPS location Date/Time:08/03/2014 19:18:11 NDT Message:Hello from Bonavista Bay. We are five kayaks on an island exploration mission! This is where we are hanging! Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/IPKCZ/48.77600N/53.71625W If the … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from SPOT TA

TA Latitude:48.80925 Longitude:-53.65045 GPS location Date/Time:08/01/2014 21:13:09 NDT Message:Hello from Bonavista Bay. We are five kayaks on an island exploration mission! This is where we are hanging! Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/IN0Tj/48.80925N/53.65045W If the … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from SPOT TA

TA Latitude:48.88971 Longitude:-53.61960 GPS location Date/Time:07/31/2014 18:25:10 NDT Message:Hello from Bonavista Bay. We are five kayaks on an island exploration mission! This is where we are hanging! Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/ILWR2/48.88971N/53.61960W If the … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from SPOT TA

TA Latitude:48.83062 Longitude:-53.75461 GPS location Date/Time:07/30/2014 10:13:40 NDT Message:Hello from Bonavista Bay. We are five kayaks on an island exploration mission! This is where we are hanging! Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/IJa6R/48.83062N/53.75461W If the … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from SPOT TA

TA Latitude:48.74274 Longitude:-53.83737 GPS location Date/Time:07/28/2014 21:57:25 NDT Message:Hello from Bonavista Bay. We are five kayaks on an island exploration mission! This is where we are hanging! Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/IHqzI/48.74274N/53.83737W If the … Continue reading

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Loca-venturing: Snowshoeing the Old DND Fence in Pippy Park

Local = adjective: belonging or relating to a particular area or neighbourhood Adventuring = verb: engage in hazardous and exciting activity, esp. the exploration of unknown territory. Loca-Venturing = verb: combination of local + adventuring To explore unknown territory in … Continue reading

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Trails of Twillingate: Bashing About Back Harbour

After our fine morning, we walked directly out  from the Anchor Inn and Suites to try out finding the trail that leaves from behind the Twillingate Museum that heads to Back Harbour. All was well as we headed down the … Continue reading

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A Prime Time at Prime Berth

Driving to and fro to Twillingate, you pass by Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre. They are hard to miss as there is a whale skeleton beside their fishing stage just as you cross the causeway onto Twillingate Island. … Continue reading

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Trails of Twillingate: All Around the Lighthouse

I wanted to title this post: TA’s Triple A (being that I am so fond of acronyms). It would have stood for TA’s Twillingate Awesome Autumn Adventure! Marian and I put two Twillingate trails together today to have a fine … Continue reading

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Rooting Around Twillingate

One of the more unique activities you can do in Twillingate is searching for root cellars. Thus far, 232 root cellars have been found and recorded; many are easily spotted from roads and others can be found in further-flung locations. … Continue reading

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Trails of Twillingate: Hospital Pond Trail

With all of our travels in and around Twillingate, we’d never hiked the Hospital Pond Trail until today. What a delightful walk! The pond is just behind the Notre Dame Bay Memorial Hospital and the trail starts with two entry … Continue reading

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Foraging Fun in Twillingate

After a fine weekend at the Newfoundland and Labrador Mushroom Foray on Fogo Island, Marian and I dropped in to see our friends, Deb and Wilma, the innkeepers at the Anchor Inn and Suites. We stole them away from their … Continue reading

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Canoeing Twillingate…

Marian and I hemmed and hawed about whether or not we’d bring our sea kayaks to Twillingate this time. In the end, we decided to bring our canoe…a 16 foot Esquif Prospecteur…because we’re doing a canoe trip on the Main … Continue reading

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Ice…We’ve spotted some icebergs

No matter how many times, I’ve seen an iceberg, there is always excitement in seeing another…we’re off to see if we can get a closer look or find a pond to canoe in, whichever comes first.

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A Geocaching We Will Go…More Adventures to be had in Twillingate

Our afternoon’s intrepid adventure started out from the Anchor Inn and Suites. We set out, smart phones/GPS in hands, ready to treasure hunt/geocache in both the urban and wilds of Twillingate. Bright colours and bright smiles adorned us as we … Continue reading

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Looking for Root Cellars in Tgate

A great pre dinner walk checking out some root cellars in Twillingate. They have many of the geo-tagged but we found this one on our own and had a lovely coastal bushwhacked back to the Anchor Inn to boot! Another … Continue reading

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Another Time in Twillingate

Marian and I had another “time” in Twillingate. The Dictionary of Newfoundland English defines a time as a party or celebration, a spree, a communal gathering…and what a time we had. Twillingate is the perfect Newfoundland destination as it has … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #518 It is very difficult to generalize. Everyone’s adventure is original…

It is very difficult to generalise. Everyone’s adventure is original. –Bernard Pivot

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Visual Soliloquy #516 My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever…

My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.” ― George R.R. Martin

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I am the Tow Truck

One morning when I was training for a climb, a guy in a truck roared up and said, “do you want me to call you a tow truck?”  I wasn’t quick enough that morning mentally because about half way up … Continue reading

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YYT Adventure #1

What do you do after you’ve been cooped up too long because of a snow storm…go out and play in it, of course. An urban adventure all within walking reach of home, the first in a series of more to … Continue reading

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Republic of Snow (a.k.a. Snow Day 3)

The third in a series of “snow day” movies.  Always fun to be out in a storm and see what the helmet cam can do.  Today was climbing seven of the steepest hills in the downtown St. John’s.

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Every Moment is New

We woke up yesterday and looked up towards Signal Hill and noticed a strange new cross looking item plastered to the side of the hill. We knew it was new and knew it must not have been there long and … Continue reading

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Twillingate: Adventures of the Edible Kind

We started our day with the delicious Sunday brunch at the Anchor Inn. Chef Edward and his staff provided a wonderful assortment of dishes from which to choose and I made several trips up to fill my plate. My favourite … Continue reading

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A Time in Twillingate

Twillingate is a great choice for a long weekend get-a-way. Trading the city for an idyllic island is an invitation for all kinds of adventure. Leaving after work on Friday, the 4.5 hour drive zoomed by and we were welcomed … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #206 Music in the soul can be heard by the universe…

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe. – Lao Tsu

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Visual Soliloquy #82 The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play…

The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play. –Arnold J. Toynbee

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Visual Soliloquy #81 The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water …

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time. –Henry David Thoreau

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