Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Little Passage a Big Surprise


We knew there was a hurricane forecast. In fact we travelled from St. John's to Hermitage, about seven-hours by car, in a torrential downpour. Rain turned to mist and we took the short ferry-ride to Gaultois, staying overnight at a wonderful B&B. Next day, we started out on what would be the shortest trip for the longest time travelled in a car (yes, that hurricane was blowing up) but discovered an absolute gem. Little Passage on Newfoundland's south coast is a boomerang-shaped passage with thunderous waterfalls, tundra-topped cliffs, eagles and more bald eagles. We met some successful moosehunters who generously offered us their cabin. That first day of paddling was unseasonably warm, the sea like velvet. We arrived at the end of the passage, still lots of daylight for paddling, but a wide grinning beach with two white adirondack chairs were inviting us to land. An extraordinary sight given where we were, or thought we were: a rather remote piece of The Rock. Beers were popped, a curry started and we listened to the VHF. This day was undoubtedly the eye of the storm.



This trip, alas, was a couple of years ago. I've yet to return and complete the paddle as planned - from Gaultois around Long Island and over to the tiny outport of McCallum (only accessible by boat).

4 comments:

Michael said...

200 signatures! (Wednesday, Nov 6) Awesome.

squidink said...

Yes, 200 who took the time to put their name - and in many cases thoughtful comments - to a petition. I think it speaks volumes about the need for due process.

Douglas said...

Alison, what an awesome place to paddle!

squidink said...

Douglas - it is capital A awesome for sure. did you check out the KNL field trip on same? tons of great photos - we lucked out for the start of the trip - have to go back to finish it though. Alison