Trinity Loop. There used to be people here. Lots of them. "Kids of all ages," as the saying goes. It was a little downhome Disneyland, filled with so much laughter and so many squeals of delight you couldn't hear yourself think. But here you didn't have to think - you just had to be, and enjoy, and for a few hours this place was the only place in t...
Downhome's Latest Geocaches
Magazine staff took advantage of their staycations this summer and hid three new Downhome geocaches in the wilderness of our beautiful province.
For those of you who don't know, a "geocache" is a container filled with small toys and other inexpensive trinkets. Seeking them is the goal of "geocaching," a high-tech treasure hunt that spans the globe. When a geocacher uncovers a cache, he or she usually takes an item and leaves an item
10 Easy Hikes
So, you want to explore the great outdoors and find secluded places that offer spectacular coastal scenery - but the truth is, your legs just aren't what they used to be. Lucky for you, there's no need to stay holed up in your house during hiking season. While you mightn't be able to conquer the famous 16-km hike that leads to and from Gros Morne Mountain, there are scores of trails and paths throughout Newfoundland
Hike and Seek for the Downhome Geocache
How do you get techie geeks interested in long walks in the open air and outdoorsy types interested in computer science?
Introduce them to geocaching.
For those of you who don't know, geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt that spans the globe. Geocachers all over the world hide simple "treasures" in the great outdoors, use a global positioning system (GPS) to mark the coordinates, then post those coordinates online so other geocachers
Family Fun on The Rock
When vacationing with children, fun and adventure is the name of the game: the more slipping, sliding, racing and riding - the better. Thankfully, there are family vacation getaways located right here on The Rock that offer action-packed adventure and unique activities to entertain youngsters of any age - plus a place to lay your head for the night. Check out the following kid-approved resorts and parks, places where you, too, can let loose and
Trout River Pond: A Magical Place
In a glaciated valley between the Tablelands and the Gregory Plateau lies Trout River Pond, a stunning 15 km former fjord containing ancient geological history. A rigid-hulled inflatable boat takes tourists and locals for tours of the pond, including the geological features that led to the park's designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And, unlike nearby Western Brook Pond, Trout River Pond has accessible shorelines where the boat is able to stop for shore visits when conditions permit. For the full story, check out "The Magical Place" by Dennis Flynn, in the May 2012 issue of Downhome.
And check out this video by Ocean Quest Adventures.
The Bully of Pond Head
The story in January's Downhome (2009), "Life of an East Coast Skiff," brought to mind my father's boat, which seemed almost identical to the Hollo. It had two sails and a jib, and was 33 feet long. It was also powered by a 7 Acadia engine. My father's boat was always painted black with white trim, and the sails were made by my mother on her old foot-pedal sewing machine.
My father was Arthur
Labrador's Trapline Marathon By Kim Kielley
On October 11, a group of enthusiastic runners set out to complete the first ever Trapline Marathon. The event not only offers a unique fitness challenge, but it also gives a respectful nod to the natural resource that played a critical role in the settlement of Labrador.
Starting at North West River, the 42-kilometre race route follows a path to Happy Valley-Goose Bay originally used by trappers more than 260
Townie's Christmas in the 70s By Blair Chaulk
Memories. What kind of memories do most people walk away from childhood with? Thinking back, most of my happy memories over the years stem from Christmas. The holidays, in our house, were huge. Everyone in my family was exceptionally nice to each other at Christmas. It was the two weeks every year when all the kids got along. (Maybe it was the fear of Santa, you know, because "he sees you