Amélie hikes the East Coast Trail – DAY 28



Amélie’s hiking project was put on pause for over a month because Séb hurt his heel and wasn’t able to walk. He didn’t hurt his heel hiking – he fell off the roof of the house.

Our first day back on the trail was a great one, since it’s berry-picking time! And there are tons of edible goodies on the trail this time of year, and it was fun playing “Can I eat this one?” with Amélie. In just a few hours, we’d spotted (and Amélie had eaten!) blackberries, raspberries, bunchberries, crowberries, blueberries, cranberries, partridgeberries, and rosehips. While we only found a few dozen raspberries that were still edible this late in the season, and while the partridgeberries were not quite ripe (super tangy instead of nicely tangy), it was fun to have a full gamut!


img_2723Ten minutes before we spotted him, we began hearing a woodpecker hard at work. We eventually spotted him – a male hairy woodpecker,  busy pecking at dead trees for its meal. Since it was Amélie’s first encounter with such a creature, it was a great time to talk about why it was drumming on the trees. After watching him for a few minutes, Amélie informed us that this woodpecker was “Like a rhinoceros.” Séb was in complete agreement: “Yup, exactly like a rhinoceros.”

Deep Cove was a great place to stop for a short breather. With its high sheer cliffs and closed right-angle shape, the cove is an incredible echo chamber. The three “closed” sides are far enough away from each other to allow a delay of more than a second – enough time to say long words like “Évangéline” or even very short sentences: “Amélie je t’aime!!!” and to hear them repeated back in their entirety. And since the cove is rectangular, the two opposing walls give two distinct “timings.”

After Amélie had screamed out her own name a few times, she tested the waters by screaming out, “Pipi!” (French for pee). Seeing Séb laugh, she got bolder: “Caca!” (French for poo). Hearing those words so clearly being repeated by the mountains was very exciting for her.

“Pipi! Caca! Pipi! Caca!”
The hike from Deep Cove river (at the very bottom of the cove) to the top of the cliffs at Hare’s Ears was devastatingly tiring, and the sun was beginning to set, so this is where we called it a day. Plunked into the backpack carried, Amélie kept asking for us to pick berries for her, spotting them from her perch.




MAPPING Amélie's East Coast Trail Progress - Day 28

Amélie’s total progress: 70km/316km Distance walked by the adults today: 7km Total distance walked by the adults: 140.2km

  1. 0.15km (Our house to Alder Hill)
  2. 1km (Alder Hill to Bears Cove Inn)
  3. 1.65km (Bears Cove Inn to Tobin Memorial)
  4. 1.5km (Tobin Memorial to Otter Cove)
  5. 1km (Otter Cove to Upper Red Cove)
  6. 0.6km (Upper Red Cove to South Head)
  7. 4km (South Head to Bay Bulls Trailhead parking lot)
  8. 3km (Bay Bulls Trailhead to Captain Wayne’s Excursions)
  9. 5.8km (Captain Wayne’s Excursions to the Bull Head Light)
  10. 7.2km (Fort Amherst to The Battery)
  11. 1.3km (Our house to Harrigan’s Grocery & Convenience)
  12. 3.5km (Harrigan’s Convenience to Camel Cove Beach)
  13. 1.8km (Mobile Beach to Herring Cove)
  14. 500m (Deadman’s Bay Trailhead to Lookout Point)
  15. 4km (Herring Cove to Camel Cove Beach)
  16. 2.5km (Mobile Beach to Cape Canine)
  17. 3.3km (Cape Canine to The Cribbies)
  18. 2.9km (The Cribbies to Burnt Cove Beach)
  19. 800m (LaManche Bridge to Herring Cove Point)
  20. 1km (Riverside Restaurant to the Cape Broyle Wharf)
  21. 2.7km (Bauline East Wharf to LaManche Bridge)
  22. 3.1km (The Battery to The Quidi Vidi Village Plantation)
  23. 1.5km (Quidi Vidi Village to Bawden’s Highlands)
  24. 4km (Cape Broyle Wharf to Pagoda Projects)
  25. 2km (Burnt Cove Beach to Bauline East Wharf)
  26. 5.4km (Cappahayden to Island Meadow)
  27. 800m (Blackhead village to Bull Cove)
  28. 3.5km (Brigus South to Hares Ears)
  • Amélie’s total progress: 70km/316km
  • Distance walked by the adults today: 7km
  • Total distance walked by the adults: 140.2km


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