Amélie hikes the East Coast Trail – DAY 37


Amélie at the Cape Broyle Head Path trailheadWe had not expected to be able to go on a hike today since news of Hurricane Nicole’s impending arrival in our region was all over the Web. When we checked the weather this morning, the now-downgraded tropical storm was still over 500 nautical miles from the coast of the island. Despite the rain, we decided to give it a go.

We assembled our heavy weather gear and left the girls in their fleece pyjamas (which Séb thought would be good as base layers), plunked them in their car seats and made our way south. Although we were planning on doing a section in Renews, we decided to stop at Cape Broyle given the strength and direction of the wind.

Stuffed into their rain suits, the girls were both happy to be out hiking. Séb put Évangéline in the carrier and carried Amélie up to the stream at Beachy Cove, where we figured would be a great spot to start the hike.

We didn’t want to venture too far in, since we’d never put Évangéline in her rain suit before (how many layers should she be wearing? Will she be too cold with three? Or will she be too warm since the rain suit isn’t breathable?  Will she tell us if she’s too hot? Or too cold?

Évangéline never made a peep to say she was uncomfortable.

But from checking her periodically, it’s obvious that she initially was too warm (so we loosened the collar on her suit to allow it to breathe), but then she got too cold (so up went the collar again!).

Séb hadn’t thought about the sweat. The girls’ rain suits are completely waterproof, and fleece (the base layer) doesn’t wick sweat. The moisture that formed inside the suit is probably what made her cold. So an important lesson was learned: Although polar fleece is nice and warm, it’s complete garbage as a base layer. We’re going to invest in merino shirts for the girls.

Amélie raced back to the trailhead and made record time. As Amélie hiked, Évangéline happily munched away on blackberries and blueberries. We got to the Riverside Restaurant in much shorter order than expected. As we shared a burger and a big Irish breakfast (which was exactly that), we met the family at the table next to us. Visitors from LaScie currently in the area for their son’s softball tournament, they very kindly drove to Southside Road to pick up our car for us so we wouldn’t have to walk against the wind & rain (thank you!!!).






  • Amélie’s total progress: 95.5km/316km
  • Distance walked by the adults today: 4km
  • Total distance walked by the adults: 182.2km

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