|Middle Cove Beach, Logy Cove|
|Silver Mine Head Path Trailhead, East Coast Trail|
I'll soon be gathering a list and making organized plans, but I finally had time the other on Tuesday after running errands in St. John's to spend my afternoon hiking. Of course the true summer weather is finally here this week and it was a scorching 26C/80F.
Not really what you want for hiking, setting out uphill in the mid-day heat and sun with 20 pounds of camera equipment on your back, but beggars can't be choosers.
|Blue Bead Lily plants, lower left|
Ah, well, more views for me!
After a quick detour through the woods I was back in the open and splashing cool water from Houlihan's River on my neck, face and arms.
I don't know if it was low tide, but it sure wasn't high tide with a few tide pools visible.
I saw some small fish and one tiny starfish but the good pools were probably under the waves still.
Every time I moved a few feet over to a new spot and then looked up the view was different.
I was so busy watching the waves and looking for starfish that I was a little startled when I looked up and saw that I hadn't even noticed these guys taking a bath.
They were so well camouflaged that I still can't identify them, so a helpful comment below if you know the answer!
I had missed them because I was busy doing the tight-rope walk across a strip of weathered rock.
...but decided it was better to wait for a cooler day and come at it from the other end.
The walk back was a bit less strenuous than coming in had been, and I was able to enjoy the views of the cove.
And remember, it's not just the big views that make a hike fun...keep looking down and around, you never know what you might find.