Over the next few days we continued exploring the area and I accompanied Rick, Jill and Sabine on a road trip to Northern Newfoundland visiting the small coastal fishing village of Trinity. Driving there took almost three hours and the rugged landscape we crossed though was spectacular. Large granite peaks, pine forests, arctic grasslands and cold-water steams dotted the landscape. Trinity is a small, charming village is nestled on the Northern shore of Newfoundland and still retains its authentic feel. Rolling green hills covered with lupines and the powerful Atlantic Ocean surrounds the village of Trinity. Jill and I walked along the coastal paths and took photos of the town. Afterwards, we met Rick for lunch at one of the oldest restaurants in Newfoundland. They served us with locally caught fish & chips covered in gravy; known in Canada as a Newfie delicacy! Trinity was honestly one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen and I’m so grateful for being able to visit.
I joined Captain Bill O’Flaherty on a dive off Harbor Maine beach with a team of filmmakers and divers from the Netherlands yesterday. It was absolutely pouring rain and we scrambled to get geared up before being soaked! We waded into the icy water and then descended along a rock wall covered with colorful anemones and invertebrates. Upon entering the water I stunned by the excellent visibility and the diversity of marine life in such cold waters. We continued along the wall until we found an old mirror on the bottom, behind which a resident wolf eel was hiding. Bill explained that he has seen that eel for over a decade in the same spot! After the dive we headed to a local teashop to have lunch and to warm up! After getting something to eat we continued driving along the southern coast of Conception Bay to a remote area locally known as Bacon Cove. The cove was given its name because there was once a boat that sank offshore carrying pigs and for months afterwards they washed onshore in the cove! The beach was covered in smoothly rolled stones and we had to be cautious when walking down to shore. A small red fishing hut sat perched on the cliff and birds were circling the area because a school a capelin had come in close to shore. We snorkeled through the school close to shore and soon realized that they were here to breed because the water was clouded with eggs and sperm! I continued along the wall and saw hundreds of green sea urchins amongst the kelp as well as sea stars the size of a dinner plate clinging to the rocks. Just as we were packing the car to leave, out of nowhere a large Minke whale surfaced in the cove and we could see the capelin darting away from the whale! Just as quickly as it came, she went but we were all fascinated by the unexpected surprise!
The weather was poor today so I spent it with Keith Small, James Humby and Michael Fost in the dive shop learning about the business and getting to help with filling tanks and sizing customers. I enjoyed spending time with them and that afternoon James drove me into St.John’s to see the city! St.John’s is one of the oldest cities in all of North America and is known for it’s steep streets that are carved into the rugged coast and for it’s vibrant “jelly bean” houses that add a pop of color to the city! James took me hiking on a local favorite spot known as Signal Hill. This is the location that the first Trans-Atlantic telecommunication message was received! Atop the hill is an old castle that resembles something out of England or Scotland! We followed the unsuspecting trail along the cliff and passed many joggers and dog walkers. The trail winds it way through backyards and along the coast until you reach Widow’s peak. The peak offers some breathtaking views of Cape Spear, the Eastern most point in all of the Americas, and of the St.John’s lighthouse and WWII bunker. I was spellbound looking out at the mighty Atlantic and the unbelievable scenery. We continued up a steep flight of stairs to the top where the castle provides a panoramic view of the city. It used to be used as a watchtower and has canons placed around the exterior. I loved the hike and I’m grateful to James for showing me such unique hiking spot! That night back at Ocean Quest, Rick had prepared us an authentic local dinner of “Moose Meatballs!” Only in Canada, as they say!