Un & Folk Festival!!!
Trip Start Jul 11, 2012
26Trip End Aug 06, 2012
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Long Point Lighthouse
Sleepy Cove Coastal Trail
FIsh, Fun & Folk Festival 2012
10am...After showering and getting set, we headed out to Long Point Lighthouse in the hamlet of Crow Head. Twillingate is actually made up from a couple islands and a peninsula. Crow head is one of them. The lighthouse was nice, but we quickly moved on to the 6 Mile hiking trail loop. It was one of the most spectacular hikes I have ever done. Dad would have loved it! Mostly along the coast up and down to new vistas....past a seabird colony and an old copper mine, where we saw our first Capelin, which are what the Cod (And Newfoundlanders) eat. A man had a bucket he was taking home to salt and dry....we made it out to Lower Head, which is the furthest point of the trail, and you can look back all the way to the lighthouse
1pm...Grabbed a quick lunch at a little cafe/souvenir shop. I had a Moose burger! It was fantastic. Kelly had chowder that was just OK. Off to shopping!
2pm...stopped in a few shops along the way, and had some partridgeberry ice cream as we walked along the water through the town.
3pm...Walked into Twillingate gallery and crafts....and the story gets crazy!!! We started peering around this quaint shop with colorful artwork, when Kelly spied a poster with signatures on the wall from the old PBS kids TV show "Today's Special"
(Kelly takes over for tag-team blog typing) Looked around in a few more shops and then headed back to the B&B. Did a load of laundry, which we hung out on the line to dry. (That's one of the beautiful things I've noticed about Twillingate, especially: everyone has long lines of brightly-colored clothes flying in the breeze overlooking the ocean.) The excitement from the rafting and rubbing elbows with local celebrities caught up with us...Brian and I fell asleep for about an hour.
8pm - Decided we should go find some dinner. The sidewalks of these cozy towns roll up fairly early, so many of the cafes were already closed for the evening. (Today was also the start of the local "Fish, Fun & Folk Festival...with fireworks and the "lighting of the sign" high up on the hill). We drove into Crow Head, which is less than 5 minutes along the "main road". Stopped at the Crow's Nest Cafe. LOVED IT!! They are a small couple-owned cafe with a single case filled with muffins, date bars, and other snacks (many of which we found out were gluten-free and DELICIOUS). We ordered the cod chowder and chatted with the owners and an older local couple
9:30pm - We drove back to the harbor area in town and parked facing the BIG SIGN. Lots of people gathered for some live music and then the fireworks started high up on the hill, building up to the 32nd annual lighting of the sign. The fireworks stopped and the sign lit up...well, HALF the sign lit up...reading "UN & FOLK FESTIVAL". They eventually got the rest of the sign lit and we headed back to the B&B. What an exciting day!