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Peace & Tranquility is Just a Trail Away!
Hiking with my dogs (Blaze & Balor) while exploring the spectacular views of Newfoundland has had such a positive impact not only on my physical health but my mental health as well. Over the course of the late summer and fall of 2023 my pups and I have completed 5 of the 6 hikes of the Isthmus Trails. Consisting of The Otter Rub, The Bordeaux Trail, The Old Cabot Highway to Arthurs Hill Trail in Arnolds Cove, Cleary Hiking Trail in Come By Chance, and the Truce Sound Coastal Trail & Centre Hill Trail in Sunnyside. Unfortunately, Centre Hill Trail is too demanding for my 9-year-old Siberian Husky Blaze, so Balor and I will challenge that trail ourselves this spring. Also, we have done Hearts Ease Beach in Gooseberry Cove multiple times, it's a must see and do for any hiker, beginner or experienced. Its truly astonishing all the wonders and views right here in our own backyard. Sadly, its something as a young child and teenager I completely took for granted, and will forever regret. But I will be making up for that one trail at a time. There's just something about Newfoundland and Labrador that nurtures your mind, body, and soul. We have 29,000 kilometers of pristine coastline and close to 300 hiking and walking trails. Along the way, if the timing is right, you may see seabirds, whales, and icebergs. And moose, there are always moose. (Except during hunting season, its like they know) Hiking in Newfoundland you step back in time on long forgotten trails that connected towns together before roads existed. Paths that our ancestors before us travelled, hunted, and camped on. Whichever path you choose, there'll be plenty of photo opportunities (and the province is always camera-ready. Here in Newfoundland and Labrador peace and tranquility have coordinates, you just need to get out there and hike.
Just a correction in your Downhome October issue, the story on pages 69,70,71 [Best Kind: Adventure motorcycling in Newfoundland by Lee Perkins]. Being an expatriate of Newfoundland. As it speaks of the Annieopsquotch Mountains until you reach the pavement of the Burgeo Highway Route 490. It should be Burgeo Highway 480. I enjoy reading the Downhome and will continue to read. Yours sincerely, James G. Marsden
NL Nursery Rhyme?
Dear Downhome, Years ago I learned the following: "Sleep baby sleep, your father sails o'er the deep. The birds have flown to the mates they love, The angels have lighted the stars above, Sleep baby sleep." Over the years, I have sung those words while rocking my own babies, babies in the hospital in the nursery and on the children's unit, and even to my own grandchildren. I'd love to know who wrote the words and if there are other verses? I may be asking the wrong source, but I feel this song would have been written in the Maritimes. I can picture a mother rocking a baby, watching for the baby's father to come home from fishing (perhaps the man is a deep-sea fisherman?) Sooo many questions, please help satisfy my curiosity. If I am on the wrong track, feel free to ignore this letter. Will be watching upcoming issues of Downhome for info. Thank you, A Faithful Reader
To the editors of Downhome Magazine, In the January 2021 magazine you mentioned that you wanted to know how far your magazine reached. Well, I went to the Dover N.H. Public Library magazine swap table and found six copies. I have enjoyed reading them cover to cover. The stories, history and poetry were very interesting and enjoyable. I tried a recipe I found and it turned out really good. What a great magazine! I found them most entertaining, keep up the good work! Best wishes, Sincerely, Alfred Dumas
Dear Downhome, My wife, (74 years old) and myself (71 years) made it to your beautiful province on August 1 to August 15th this summer and fell in love with your home. We spent three days all told in Hibb's Cove, Bay Roberts, and eleven days at our brother-in-law and wife's sister's in Lewisporte and I have never been so happy or content in my life. I am from PEI, but the scenery and people make your home really special. I cried when we left St. John's and have asked my brother-in-law to get a flight for next summer for three weeks. I enjoy the Downhome and got about fifty from a Newfoundlander near to us here in Trenton and have subscribed to your book for three years and both my wife and I read them front to back and I give them to friends and people I meet and tell about NL, how beautiful and how wonderful the people are. Hope you are able to make out my scribbles and can't stop thinking about our great vacation and can't wait to get back. Thank you, Don & Nancy MacFadyen Trenton, ON
Re: Quidi Vidi photo, September 2023
This photo is not the site of Quidi Vidi Brewing. Quidi Vidi Brewing is on the other side of the harbour at the site of the former Newman fish plant. The picture shown is the former property of the Squires family that was sold to Eli Tucker in the early 1960s, and from that point forward was always known as Eli Tuckers stage, or simply Tuckers stage. The photo shown is now occupied by the Quidi Vidi Plantation. Great magazine, I look forward to my copy every month. Regards, Wayne Connolly Torbay, NL