Amélie hikes the East Coast Trail – Day 38

As we’re putting our backpacks on in the Renews bridge parking lot, we see a lone hiker coming towards our direction. A long-distance hiker from France who’d just started her journey in Cappahayden the day before, Justine immediately accepts to help the fairies encourage Amélie by leaving little “presents” on the trail.

Amélie is very happy to share her walk with a new person, so we hike together until Amélie begins to show signs of wanting to slow down. As we part ways, we invite Justine to stop by when she gets to Witless Bay – we’d love to hear about her hike (and the cold wind she’s having to face!).

Over the next kilometres, we discover that the fairies have found all sorts of very imaginative ways to “hide” their little treats – on boulders, signs, boats, branches, fallen bark, etc.

As we pass the area called “Ships Bottom,” we spot a seal on the rocks. Amélie is completely fascinated. Maybe a little too fascinated. Suddenly, she looks up and says, “Papa, met culottes son mouillées.” (“Papa, my pants are wet”).

And it’s not just her pants.

It’s gone down her legs and in both her boots. Her socks are drenched. Accidents like this are very rare now – so rare that we don’t even remember the last time it happened outside of the house.

The extra pants, the extra boots, the extra socks… they’re all in the car, kilometres away. What to do, what to do!?!

Well, necessity is the mother of invention, isn’t?

Pants, socks, stockings, and boots all come off. Évangéline’s coat comes off, and is transformed into a pair of pants for Amélie. Mittens become boots, and Évangéline gets wrapped up in Séb’s coat. Amélie’s amused by the strange switcharoo. Meltdown averted. The next piece of the puzzle is to get the girls back to the car before they get uncomfortable.

We cut through the fields on the ATV trails to reach the trailhead faster, but this ends up being an awful idea – the boggy ground makes walking while carrying the girls very difficult. And wet. However, the first vehicle we meet once we’re back on the roadway stops to offer help – which we happily accept (THANK YOU!!!).

Ten seconds after Amélie is all squared away with fresh pants, socks, and boots, she asks, “Are we going back on the same trail, or are we going on a different one now?”




  • Amélie’s total progress: 98.5km/316km
  • Distance walked by the adults today: 5km
  • Total distance walked by the adults: 187.2km

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