St. John´s Newfoundland
Trip Start Aug 09, 2008
48Trip End Aug 2009
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Rajiv knew of a Prosthetist working in St.Johns so we met up with Anne and her boyfriend Donald for breakfast, at Blues, a downtown cafe. They gave us some tips on what to see in St. John´s. An obvious one was Signal Hill. Their other recommendation was La Manche Provincial Park suspension bridge. Always good to get tips from the locals.
Signal Hill is located right in the heart of the city. This is where the first wireless transatlantic signal was received
And now for La Manche Park and the story of the walking stick....Rajiv is reading the Art of Pilgrimage. In the book Phil Cousinneau talks about using a walking stick when walking or hiking because that is supposed to ground you. He quotes from the Milwaukee poet Antler:
¨.....My walking stick urges me on, takes my hand like a friend, comforts me, steadies me over rough terrain, beyond where its ever been mapped, where no human ever set foot, following the voice of the stream, up where the mountains glow and the sky has never been breathed!¨
Cousineau also talks about walking barefoot twice a day, another way of being grounded to mother earth. Rajiv had no interest in the barefoot experience but decided that he should get a walking stick.
We were on our way to Newfoundland when he made this decision and the plan was he would buy it in Newfoundland
Anyway, on our drive in to La Manche, we got off the highway and took a dirt road, about one km to the trail. There were quite a few private homes on the dirt road and lo and behold, just before we got to the parking lot, there was a beautiful crafted sign at one of the driveways, walking sticks for sale. The place looked pretty quiet. Being a holiday we weren´t sure if anyone was around and so we went knocking on the door. Woke the owner from his afternoon nap. A little groggy and out of sorts but yes, he was the maker of the sticks and after being a little more awake, was more than happy to customize a walking stick for Rajiv, for only $10.00. Just in time to conquer those long, hilly hikes at Gros Morne!.
The hike to La Manche, by the way, was beautiful. And the views from the suspension bridge incredible.
Our last stop out of St. John´s was Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America. Another foggy day so we didn´t bother with too many pictures. Mother nature was at work and wave after wave kept crashing ferociously into the cliffs and rocks. It was quite an awesome sight. We assumed this was normal for Cape Spear since there were danger signs all over, asking people to stay away from the cliffs and waves.