|Jim's attempt at a group selfie at the Trailhead|
Even though we were on the trail by 10:30 the light was already pretty harsh and the photo that the passerby took of our group was completely unusable no matter how I tried to fix it in Photoshop. So, here's the trailhead sign without the Leonards. We went as far as the Bawdens Highland and back, but must have taken a few side paths because Donnie's watch showed we hiked 5 kilometers total.
|sign need a bit of paint!|
The Sugarloaf Path starts at the parking lot in Quidi Vidi at the end of East White Hills Road. It's uphill all the way to the highland, but not too bad at the start with pretty views of the cozy village of Quidi Vidi.
|Quidi Vidi Brewery is the large green building|
Quidi Vidi Brewery has a Kitchen Party every Friday night with live music starting at 6:30 and we all made a vow to get together some Friday night soon and check it out.
See the red spot circled in the picture above? That is 4 hikers who have almost made it to the Bawden Highlands. Yikes, we have a ways to go!
|Alverna's dog Zeus looks on as Donnie gets silly|
Anyone who knows the Leonard Clan will tell you that Wayne's sister Alverna is the silliest of them all. Here she is below belting out "Here she comes... Miss America!" as I make my way up the trail.
|East Coast views on the East Coast trail|
As we were nearing our destination one of those bikers came coasting along the rocky edge of the cliffside. We were all quite amazed at his nerve!
|Ready for lift off|
Most of the hike is on the exposed hillside but we did have a short section of woods before the final ascent up the wooden staircase. Donnie and I noticed that the Blue Bead Lilies are starting to get their blue beads so my next hike will probably feature pictures of them, as well as lots of blueberries! Don't eat the blue beads, they are not the same as blueberries and I believe are poisonous.
|Likely wet after a heavy rain|
|Alverna yells "Sweet Genie in the garden!"|
when she sees all those stairs
At the top we took in the views of Quidi Vidi and St. John's, and chatted with other hikers. Donnie had amazing snacks as always, so I don't know why I look so cranky in the photo that someone took for us.
|Donnie, Me, Alverna and Jim pose with Alverna's dog Zeus|
Ahh, that's more like it, a smile! Oh, and Alverna sticking her tongue out behind my back because she knew I'd be looking at the camera and not at her!