Amélie hikes the East Coast Trail – DAY 34



Since we had a few hours to kill this afternoon, we decided to do a bit of the community link between the Cape Broyle Head Path and the Caplin Bay Path. Lucky for us, two fellow gammybirds (people from Witless Bay) were also sightseeing in Calvert, so we got a ride all the way to the wharf – this meant that we wouldn’t have to walk back to the car (thanks, guys!!!).

Amélie was in top form, which meant we were able to walk all the way from the Calvert wharf to Castle Hill.


FROM SÉB: When Amélie started to get a little bored, we played at inventing words. She laughed at the weirdest-sounding ones, and I quickly came to realize that certain real words sounded much funnier to her than the ones I was able to make up. Even funnier to her were ridiculous sentences:

“Des sales salopettes de saperlipopette dans la maisonette!”

Amélie was utterly delighted by the insults, expletives and picturesque vocables I could remember from Tintin’s Capitain Haddock. A few of the classics:

“Bande de Bachi-bouzouks!”
“Mille millions de mille sabords!”
“Jus de poubelle!”
“Espèce de mérinos mal peignés!”
“Tonnerre de Brest!”
“Espèce de porc-épic mal embouché!”
“Amiral de bateau-lavoir!”
“Astronaute d’eau douce!”

Essentially, Haddock’s technique involves selecting a target and identifying a trait that’s common (but only very tangentially so) to both this target and to some other thing. Some of these are worth looking up. Interestingly enough, there’s an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to Captain Haddock’s “picturesque vocables”! I can’t wait until our girls are old enough to read and appreciate Hergé’s Tintin!



Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries were welcome finds – especially for Évangéline, who kept asking for more.

The views from Calvert and Castle Hill are definitely amongst the best on the trail – beautiful rolling hills, cliffs, rocky islands, and coves.







  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)
  29. 1.5km (Chafe’s Landing to Big Hill)
  30. 2km (Island Meadows Path Trailhead to Renews Bridge)
  31. 1.8km (Chafe’s Landing to Cape Spear Path trailhead)
  32. 2.5km (Flamber Head Trailhead to Hares Ears Point)
  33. 4.3km (Hares Ears Point to Admirald’s Cove trailhead)
  34. 4km (Calvert Plant to Castle Hill)
  • Amélie’s total progress: 86.1km/316km
  • Distance walked by the adults today: 5.5km
  • Total distance walked by the adults: 167.2km


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