East Coast Trail
Issue No. 45 The ISSN No. 1499-8831 Summer-Fall 2007
Join us for the 8th annual East Coast Trail Tely Hike and Grand
Opening of the Sugarloaf Path: Saturday the 20th of October 2007!!
Please join us for the Trail Association's major fund raising developed Sugarloaf Path. Call the office at 709 738 4453
event of the year and be a part of the historical Official and leave a message if you need more information. But here's
Opening of Sugarloaf Path from Quidi Vidi in St. John's to the easy way to register and get started collecting pledges:
beautiful Logy Bay. Gather as early as 8:30 a.m. at the
Visit www.eastcoasttrail.com for the pledge sheets,
Legion Branch 56 on The Boulevard in Quidi Vidi to
team rules and a selection of hike routes for your
drop off donations and pick a scheduled hike.
enjoyment on October 20th!
Please put together a fundraising team and help us
Want to help plan and deliver the event? Contact
protect and maintain this beautiful Trail. Get your
event co-chairs Joy Lawrie firstname.lastname@example.org
family and friends behind this event and share in the
and Darlene Scott email@example.com .
joys of hiking our incredible coastline on the newly
The East Coast Trail Association, P.O. Box 8034, 50 Pippy Place, 2nd. Floor St. John’s, NL A1B 3M7
Tel: (709) 738-Hike  Fax: (709) 738-1122 Visit our Web site - http://www.eastcoasttrail.com
The East Coast Trail Association News is
published by the East Coast Trail Association.
The newsletter appears four times, annually. Highlights
The views expressed in the newsletter are by R. Murphy
those of contributors and not necessarily those
of the Association, its membership or funding 1. Our Registered Charity Status
agencies. Every attempt is made to credit was reinstated in May 2007. All
authors for original text and photographers for changes to our Articles of
images. Submissions are welcomed and may Incorporation and Constitution
be directed to the Newsletter Committee, required to support reinstatement
c/o: were reviewed and approved by
our members in two Special Meetings held in March and
East Coast Trail Association August.
50 Pippy Place (second floor) 2. Our Tely Hike is scheduled for Saturday, October 20th.
P.O. Box 8034 St. John's NL A1B 3M7 This is our main, and only, fund raising event for 2007 to
raise critically needed funds for the Association. Our objec-
Tel: 709 738 4453 Fax: 709 738-1122
tive is to raise $30, 000. Please get involved and organize a
www.eastcoasttrail.com team to help us reach this goal.
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org 3. Construction of the 8.9 km section of trail between Quidi
Vidi and Logy Bay is in full swing and is scheduled for com-
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2007-2008 pletion by the end of November. I wish to thank the Atlantic
Canada Opportunity Agency (ACOA) and the City of St.
President: RANDY MURPHY, John's for extending our contract and providing the extra
Directors: ADRIAN TANNER, ANNE ST. CROIX, funds required to accommodate required project changes.
BARRY MCKAY, BILL LUBY, DARLENE SCOTT, DON 4. We are in the process of addressing two very critical and
PECKHAM, GEOFF EMBERLY, JON EARLE, JOY strategic issues with the Province: public access and trail
LAWRIE, NEIL HARDY, RONALD JOY, TONY MARX, maintenance. We have written directly to the Premier and his
WANDA CUFF-YOUNG Ministers seeking their support; plus with are actively dis-
cussing and seeking the support of the trail communities of
the northern, southern and western Avalon. Please read my
article in this Newsletter "East Coast Trail . . . Free, Open &
Available to All". We are requesting your support to bring
these issues to your local candidates in the up coming elec-
tion, and to join us in a email campaign we plan to launch the
first week of October.
5. The Association cannot survive without the active volun-
teer support and participation of you, our members. We need
your skills, experience and time to make a difference in mov-
Hikes and Entertainment ing the work of building and maintaining the Trail. Please
check your schedules and commitments to see if you can find
T-shirts time to squeeze us in and to help share the East Coast Trail
New map sets and other 6. The AGM was held on September 10, 2007. We have 14
products for sale Directors who signed on to the Board for the coming year.
Please join me in welcoming the new Board of Directors and
Fundraising Prizes wishing them well and much success with the challenges they
will face this year. We are still looking for one more candi-
date to fill the Board position of VP Finance & Supporting
THE OUTFITTERS Services . . . if you are interested please call me.
Adventure Gear & Apparel
The Dr. John Ross Clipper
Award is given annually by the
Board of Directors to a mainte-
nance volunteer in recognition
of outstanding service to the
Association in memory of Dr.
John Ross, former board mem-
ber, custodian and friend. Dr.
Ross loved the Trail and
groomed it continuously while
hiking. His example was
always about 'leading the way'
Previous Clipper Award winner
Robbie Hicks presents this
year's award to Geert van
Biesen as Dr. Ross' daughter
Wendy looks on.
Punter, Ed Delaney's
Newfoundland dog and
faithful companion has
gone to the great beyond.
Many of us will remem-
ber Punter's kind, lively
spirit as he pranced along
the trails with Ed, jumped
into the water for a swim,
gave a great shake when
he got out, and … who
can forget his drools!!!!
Goodbye, Punter, and
thank you, Ed, for sharing
him with us.
Probus, The East Coast The dedication, knowledge, and planning by our leaders
for the most suitable trails our hiking members can handle
grant us a feeling of security. We know our safety is their
Trail, and Me by Judy Dale prime concern. As I'm sure The East Coast Trail Association
does, our leaders know each trail chosen for a hike. Strict
Two things have greatly enhanced my life since 2003. They rules regarding dress and behaviour along the trail must be
are - (1) Probus: a club for retired professional and business followed by everyone. The primary factor which enables
people (2) The East Coast Trail. I shall attempt to explain many Probus members to hike is the pace. We stop to view
why this is so. the many spectacular sights that sometimes take our breath
In June 2003, I saw a notice in The Telegram that there was away, and if a few stragglers are lagging behind, the more
a meeting for anyone interested in forming a group whose able hikers wait.
purpose was solely for socialization, information, and inter- Since I have been walking along The East Coast Trail I am
action with people of similar interests. The ad also said that constantly amazed at two primary features. Number One:
this was an international group called Probus which was This 220km+ trail (and growing) was constructed by volun-
sponsored by the Rotary Club. I figured they were a rep- teers and is maintained by volunteers and, in my opinion, is
utable group, and further, the meeting was going to be held in one of the most valuable treasures of our province. The work
a church. I mentioned it to a friend and she was curious also, of mapping out the trail, clearing land, laying logs in wet
so we attended this meeting. I haven't looked back since. places, positioning large rocks to facilitate crossing brooks or
The Probus Club of the St. John's Region was officially building a bridge if necessary, plus the ongoing maintenance
formed in September 2003. Meetings are held on the second of removing fallen trees or other obstacles is a massive under-
Thursday of each month at 10:00am at St. James Church on taking. Only extremely dedicated volunteers could cope with
Elizabeth Ave. Our first guest speaker was His Honour, the this work. Everyone in our province needs to be aware of and
Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, Mr. appreciative of their accomplishments.
Edward Roberts. Monthly speakers have informed us on a The second feature is the absolute natural beauty of our
host of interesting topics. coast and wilderness areas that The East Coast Trail has made
I enjoy the speaker and the socialization during our meet- possible for people worldwide to enjoy. Many people who
ings, but activities outside the meetings have been the opti- have grown up along the coast and traveled in the woods as
mum way to really interact with other members. I have met, part of their way of life often fail to see what is right in front
and continue to meet, many wonderful, friendly people at of them. With the current emphasis on nature and enjoying
every group event. Since this is a very loosely structured the outdoors, our province is a treasure. The trails are being
organization, our activities are chosen by the interests of the used by our own people and also by people from all over the
members. One of these was a Bridge group which continues world. We have met and chatted with many who are incred-
to meet each Tuesday afternoon. Initially, the group was com- ulous of the beauty. Naturally, these travelers bring revenue
prised mostly of greenhorns - yours truly being the greenest to the areas they visit. The East Coast Trail has brought mil-
of the group. One of our members had (I'm sure, much to his lions of dollars to our province and I think The East Coast
regret) offered to teach anyone who wanted to learn Bridge. Trail Association deserves every bit of support - financial or
Well, with great tenacity, I refused to quit, and now I can otherwise - that can be given.
enjoy a social game- no seriousness allowed, anyway! Hiking the East Coast Trail can be a pleasure and benefit for
Another super activity is hiking. We are very fortunate to people of all ages who feel fit enough to hike our beautiful
have several Probus members who are also active members coastline. Probus introduced me to many new friends and
of The East Coast Trail Association. I had frequently wished through Probus I was introduced to The East Coast Trail
to participate in the hikes I saw advertised in The Telegram. which has given me an increased awareness of what a fantas-
Since I didn't have a buddy, and in spite of being a good tic place I call home.
recreational walker, I was scared to attempt an organized
hike. There were several Probus members interested in hik-
ing and May 3rd, 2004 was the first venture for many of us
into the fascinating world of hiking. Keep in mind that we are
retired folk, so most of us could be considered a little past our
prime, but there certainly is no shortage of spirit among our
hikers. Since our first one, we have started hiking each spring
as soon as the trails are free of snow, and we hike every sec-
ond Monday until the fall weather forces us stop.
Sugarloaf Path Update encouraged to use it, if they have not already done so.
by Mark Graesser Signage installed to govern shared used with
Construction on the Sugarloaf Path was resumed by a four-
Next on the crew's to-do list was the installation of numer-
man crew on May 7. Now in its final stages, this thorough
ous signs required to separate hikers from mountain bikers on
upgrade of the trail from Logy Bay to Quidi Vidi is the anchor
the slope north of Quidi Vidi. This area has become extreme-
of a multi-year plan to extend the northern section of the East
ly popular for downhill cycling as well as hiking, a potential-
Coast Trail from St. John's to Topsail Beach. The work is
ly dangerous situation. Discussions last summer with leaders
being supervised by Construction Manager Ed Delaney and a
in the cycling community led to an agreement whereby two
Project Management Committee co-chaired by Mark
separate trails have been designated - a mountain bike route,
Graesser and Bruce Shelswell.
which follows the old ECT, and a completely new official
Bridge damage repaired ECT route. Where these paths intersect (five locations) sym-
bolic signposts have been installed to designate hiking-only
The first priority this spring was to repair damage incurred
and cycling-only routes. (The old pipeline road, which is not
by the bridge over John Howards River (also known as the
on the new ECT route, is a shared-use section.) The new sig-
Skerries River). A severe winter storm swept away a ramp on
nage was explained in detail by Barry Mackay in the Spring
the north side of the bridge. This has now been replaced by
solidly constructed stairs which we hope will be less vulner-
able to damage. Mountain bikes are now entirely excluded from the hiking
trail north of Bawdens Highland leading to the DFO water
This and other work completed by the crew to date have
intake station. The bike loop trail approaches the Highland
brought the 8.9 kilometre trail to a safe, well-marked, and
from the DFO parking lot.
fully walkable state. ECTA members and their friends are
Sugarloaf Path Update cont’d if the trail is to withstand the heavy use which is antici-
pated over coming years. However, project funds will be
The layout and rules for this shared use plan are presented
exhausted later in July.
on a large sign near the Quidi Vidi trailhead. To publicize
the arrangement, the ECTA in cooperation with the cycling Because significant unplanned expenses were encountered
community has distributed brochures and posters to St. constructing the new trail under the shared-use agreement,
John's bicycle and outdoor stores. Hikers are urged to and to repair damage to the bridge, not all required work will
become familiar with the routes and stay on hiker-only be completed within this time. One outstanding item is the
trails. If you encounter cyclists on the hiking trail, politely construction of a parking lot for hikers near the MUN Oceans
point out that this is contrary to the "rules of the hill," and Sciences Centre in Logy Bay, because the OSC Parking Lot
request them to remain on the mountain bike trail. This is is intended for OSC employees and visitors only. Therefore,
intended for safety and to protect the hiking trail from dam- additional funding has been applied for from the principal
age. sponsors, ACOA and the City of St. John's. Total grant funds
for the project were about $470,000 (plus about $60,000 in
Remaining work will require additional funding 'in-kind" contributions). The cost overrun is expected to be
With the completion of the two top-priority jobs, the crew about 15 percent.
has continued to construct steps, retaining walls, and other If all goes well, we anticipate that the fully upgraded
features at previously identified problem sites all along the Sugarloaf Path will be ready for an official opening early in
trail. Work is proceeding from the most serious obstacles to the fall.
those which are less noticeable now, but must be "hardened"
Pink Is In!
Pink hard hats, pink shirts, pink laces, pink
belts, pink lipstick, pink nail polish...too much
pink! They wore it and they worked in it!
They are East Coast Trail hikers and volunteers.
No hiking boots or backpacks. They wore steel
toed boots and tool belts. From the pre-build to
the finished build. They did it all! Swung a ham-
mer, cut the wood, nailed the framing, siding,
sub-floor, interior partitions, drywall, plastering,
dug the holes, built a fence and clothesline, laid
the sods, installed the windows and doors, paint-
ed the walls!. and much more! They did it all! To
view their journey check it out
Earlier this summer they volunteered on the
Cabot Habitat for Humanity Women Build 2007 -
Building Homes. Building Hope. The first
"Women Build" in NL. From being committee
members to getting their nails dirty, these ladies
worked long and hard days along side of their
colleagues - male and female. The goal - a duplex
built by the non-profit organization Habitat for
Humanity for two families!
Among the 300 + volunteers they are Marion
Dawe, Angie O'Brien, Agnes Delaney, Cathy
Carroll, and Joan Walsh. (Joan is missing in the
A job well done by all!
Adventure Runner Ray It was called The Canada Challenge: Three Trails
Zahab on the East Coast Three trails in Canada - the Akshayuk Pass, Nunavut;
the East Coast Trail, Newfoundland Labrador; and the
Trail By Tsan-Chin Yang West Coast Trail, British Columbia.
The East Coast Trail was the second of these to be
run by Ray Zahab, a Canadian Adventure Runner.
From his running in jungles and deserts, in America
and Asia, the endurance of athlete Ray Zahab has con-
quered many of the world's toughest terrains. In his lat-
est mission, he completed the East Coast Trails in 40+
Ray's early start at Fort Amherst on Saturday, August
25 was on a beautiful sun filled morning. Here I had
the honor of meeting him prior to his adventure and
accompanied him on a minute part of his journey. It
was a magnificent morning - one for me to treasure.
Once again Ray has shown his toughness - running
uphill, downhill, over deadfalls through bog sections
in the brilliant sunlight and even through the dark of
night on unfamiliar East Coast Trail territory. A big
motivation for him was from the support of our people.
And I was glad to be there for it.
Adventure runner Ray Zhab and Tsan-Chin Yang atop the
Southside Hill above Fort Amherst.
Right to left (Sharon Collett & Neil Hardy, Julia & Peter Gard (and son Samuel), Ray, Kathy, Grant Dwyer, Patrick Doyle). Taken out-
side Peter & Julia's 'salt box' house in Petty Harbour
East Coast Trail . . . We are seeing our coastline being acquired, quietly, one
transaction at a time. We have experienced a rapid increase in
the number of new and potential developments over the past
Free, Open & Available to four years that are actively pushing on the Trail, and the trend
continues to intensify. We are currently aware of 46 existing
All by Randy Murphy, ECTA President and potential development threats that if realized will com-
promise 60 km of the Trail with a high risk of loss within the
We wrote to Premier Williams and his Ministers in August next 3 years.
requesting the Premier to make the following two strategic In addition, trail maintenance has been performed by the
issues a priority for his government: a priority that will be Association on a strictly volunteer resource base for the past
supported by his firm commitment of the resources required ten years. Our Trail Maintenance Committee has worked hard
to resolve these issues and supporting objectives. to grow and enhance our volunteer maintenance program,
1. Public Access & Rights-of-way: Public access to the however, it has become increasing difficult to keep pace with
East Coast Trail is unprotected and fragile at best. Existing the demand for maintenance; as well, the severity and com-
provincial legislation and land use management planning plexity of this problem will continue to increase as we move
offer inadequate or no protection for the Trail and our coastal forward. The current volunteer program cannot support the
lands. Objective: provide a sustainable provincial solution Trail beyond 2007 without placing the Trail's reputation and
starting in 2007, addressing the required legislation and poli- hiker safety in jeopardy.
cy changes, fully implemented and operational by 2012. We are urging the province to work with us to implement
2. Trail Maintenance: High market demand and result- the required corrective measures to resolve these two issues.
ing hiker traffic has produced a critical problem: the volume, We are trying to avoid the harsh reality of waking up one
frequency and urgency of maintenance work effort exceeds morning and realizing it's too late . . . if only! In addition, we
the current capacity of our volunteer resources, and it is are currently meeting with community groups in the southern,
impacting the rural businesses and communities depending northern and western Avalon to explain and gain their support
on the Trail to build and grow a tourism industry. Objective: to help resolve these issues. We are asking them to write the
provide the short-term funding support for five years, begin- Premier's office requesting his support to effectively resolve
ning in 2008, giving the Association the time and opportuni- these issues.
ty to develop a new sustainable maintenance program. We'd appreciate if you could bring these issues forward for
The resolution of these two issues is critical to the long- discussion with the candidates running in your district. In
term survival and sustainability of the Trail. The Association addition, we will be contacting you during the week of
must be able to effectively demonstrate its ability to secure October 1 to participate in a email campaign to request the
and manage the public access and rights-of-way, as well as, Premier and his party to work with us to resolve these issues.
demonstrate its capability to maintain the Trail. Failure to do
so will undermine the reality and value of the Trail within the
community and the market place.
Wanted . . . VP Finance & Supporting Services:
I am writing to request your assistance to determine if any I hope that one of our members will step forward to accept
one of our members, or your friends, may be interested in a the challenge, or at very least, help to identify potential can-
volunteer assignment with the Association. We are currently didates who would be interested to meet with me to discuss
searching for a candidate to fill the position, VP of Finance & the opportunities and challenges of this assignment. I look
Supporting Services. This is a volunteer position responsible forward to your response. You may reach by email,
for Finance & Administration, as well as serving on the email@example.com, or at anyone of the following
Executive Committee and as member of the Board of numbers: 754-1953 (h), 687-9963 (c).
Directors. We are looking for a candidate with the skills and
talent to help us grow the finance and administrative team we
need to support our goals and objectives over the next five
The SIERRA CLUB on our exertions and also frankly to lighten our loads. In
addition, our packs also contained rain gear, cameras, lunch-
es, bug spray, and an occasional first aid kit. We also carried
The East Coast Trail our tools, which consisted primarily of large "loppers", hand
saws, and clippers (shears). In short, on the hottest day of the
by James Winkler, Chicago, IL year and over difficult terrain, we were heavily laden. The
For the past several years, a group of Sierra Club volunteers trail closely follows the shoreline and there are magnificent
visited Newfoundland for the purpose of working on the seacoast vistas from points on the trail. Although to enjoy
maintenance, improvement, and extension of the East Coast such sights one generally has to come to a halt. We did get
Trail. The group numbered 13. They came from California, some work done that day, although the energy expended in
Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, getting to and from the work site greatly exceeded the actual
New York, and Nevada. Most were experienced hikers who work. The next two days at Pouch Cove were similar,
had never visited although the
Newfoundland. weather thankfully
Many were moderated and we
retirees - from generally settled
academia, busi- into a good work
ness and the legal rhythm. We were
profession. Their joined by Albert
reasons for vol- Sutton, an ECTA
unteering for the Maintenance
project were sim- Volunteer - Chain
ilar: to see an Saw Operator,
unfamiliar part of who wielded a
the world in the chain saw with
company of gen- impressive author-
erally congenial ity on trees to be
people with removed from the
interests similar trail and who kept
to their own, to us busy hauling
spend time in away the "slash"
physical activity from his work.
outdoors, and to We d n e s d a y,
meet locals in congenial circumstances. For some, the fact August 1st, was our "day off". We moved to The Roses B&B
that the timing of the trip coincided with various music festi- in St. John's. As luck would have it - it rained heavily. For the
vals in the Atlantic Provinces was an additional spur. most part, our group agreed that we would rather have it rain
The Sierra Club sponsors a number of various trips as noted on our day off than when we were working on the trail.
on www.sierraclub.org Our trip was a "service" trip where For our last three work days, we switched our efforts to the
one pays for the privilege of toiling on outdoor projects in all Topsail Beach section of the East Coast Trail. We followed
kinds of terrain and weather. the lead of the chain saws, we carried slash, we lopped and
Our trip began on Saturday, July 28th, with everyone gath- clipped. We sweated guzzled water, told tall tales, and
ering at Points East B&B in Pouch Cove - getting acquainted exchanged genial insults.
with bottles of various Canadian beers. The next day, Sunday, On the last night of our trip, we were all invited to a party.
was our first work day. Apparently, it was the hottest day of Great mussels, hamburgers, desserts, plenty of beer and great
the year in Newfoundland as we worked on the Cape St. company. We were all given T-shirts and effusive thanks,
Francis Path with several ECTA Maintenance Volunteers. which we accepted with a feeling of entitlement. We recipro-
Apparently, among the principal users of this part of the trail cated with sincere statements of how much we had enjoyed
besides hikers, are local moose and other animals, which our time there, how much we liked Newfoundland, and how
seemed to appreciate our work in making easier their travers- happy we were to have met everyone. Something of a love-
al of the countryside. We saw no moose at all during our trip, in, but everyone meant every word. A great way to end.
although we found droppings on the trail that may have been
The next day, Sunday, August 5th, many in our group
from moose. In our back packs we carried the recommended
departed. Most had flown to Newfoundland, and they left the
ration 3L of water apiece. This water was generally consumed
same way. My wife and I had driven from Chicago so we
each day, both because it was required on account of the heat,
The SIERRA CLUB on The East Coast Trail cont’d
could do some visiting of other destinations. We drove in our
Mini Cooper convertible, enjoying great weather for virtual-
ly the entire trip. We saw no other Minis during our time on
the island. The great thing about driving it is that everybody
is your friend. People pull up next to you at stop lights to ask
about the Mini, people stop you on the street, in parking lots,
and all are smiling. Teenagers in a car next to us, slapped the
side of their vehicle, and declared the Mini "so cool". An eld-
erly man wearing a large sombrero (!) came up to us on Water
Street in St. John's and said that he had worked in the factory
making the original Minis. And (maybe the highlight of the
trip) while driving down Gower Street, two young women
squealed at the sight of the car. As I said, everybody seems to
be your friend when you are driving a Mini, and we felt like
we had a lot of friends in Newfoundland.
…and so they say…
Robert Zeller, Missouri, Sierra Club Member …"I very Wilf Ayre, ECTA avid hiker/hike leader/co-
much enjoyed working with the ECTA folks. I was impressed leader…"August 1 was the day to go with the Sierra Club on
by their dedication and their work on the Trail. I hope I'll be Mickeleen's Path. I wondered if I could get this group to
able to come back." believe that Mickeleen was a beautiful young woman who
Beverly Rowe, a Town of Conception Bay South coun- had a boyfriend in Bay Bulls and another in Witless Bay and
cilor…says of her maintenance outing "…this was my first used this path to travel from one to the other - a yarn I had
experience!! It was quite interesting and rewarding, knowing spun with other groups. Unfortunately, it poured. The heav-
that the ECTA & the Sierra Club would consider taking the ens opened and Marleen (Sierra Club coordinator) cancelled
time to work on a trail within our municipality. Our council the hike. All was not lost, however, as we were scheduled to
always appreciates partnerships between groups and service meet them at The Captain's Table for dinner. Only three actu-
clubs. I believe partnerships enable municipalities to further ally made it. They were a nice crew and we had a pleasant
leverage support for projects that otherwise may not proceed meal. Boy, were the cod tongues good! On Saturday, we
due to fiscal constraints. I had the opportunity to speak to a popped into Neil's for a farewell party and to meet those who
number of the Sierra Club volunteers. They are very commit- didn't make it to The Captain's Table. These too were pleas-
ted to this type of volunteer work and love the opportunities ant and friendly and it was nice chatting to them. Thanks
associated with it." Sierra Folks for all the work you did and taking such an inter-
est in Newfoundland. Come back and see us!"
Tsan-Chan Yang, ECTA hiker/Maintenance Volunteer
…"On Topsail Beach, children were playing and swimming. Janice Stein, ECTA hiker/Maintenance
A wedding was in the process. Delightful music was played by Volunteer…"They (Sierra Club people) want something 'dif-
Linda Hammond (Sierra Club Member) as we hiked to our ferent', something 'special', they want to 'give back' to the
next maintenance spot. What could be better than relaxing like earth, and they want to 'do'. These people came prepared and
them on such a hot summer day? With several local volunteers willing to work. It was impressive the amount of work they
and the Sierra Club, we were enjoying the nice weather in a accomplished by the end of a day. The (Topsail Beach) trail
different way - I was imaging hikers embracing the beautiful looked fabulous when the group was done....WID-
sceneries and wild nature on the trail. It was made real by cut- DDDEEEE...And the best part was that PEOPLE started
ting the fallen trees, filling muddy holes with wood, and trim- walking along it as far as we had cleared...and this trail that
ming branches and bushes. In the beginning, I was wondering had not been used because it was so overgrown had suddenly
how long they (Sierra Club) could keep such a good pace on become a public treasure again. Beverly Rowe, the town
a hot scorching day. Step by step, however, they moved into councilor who was with us was impressed, pleased, and
the depth of the trail and showed me as if they were from a grateful. I'd like to thank my fellow volunteers who were such
professional team. But one thing for certain, each drop of their good company."
sweat fertilized our beautiful trails."
A Working Vacation! (http://cstl-cla.semo.edu/zeller/Newfoundland.htm) and Alan
Spier of Connecticut and Linda Hammond of Michigan
By Angie O'Brien
Their mission statement "Explore, enjoy and protect the csmLFYA)
planet." They are people who are inspired by nature, who
Hundreds of volunteered hours over this one week period,
work together to protect our communities and the planet.
resulted in much improved and more accessible trails. Sweat
Founded in 1892, the Sierra Club is America's oldest, largest,
and sore muscles came with the reward of gratification! And
and most influential grassroots environmental organization.
a priceless trail scenery!
Recently, the ECTA were honored to host a group of Sierra
Thousands of hikers utilize the East Coast Trails every year.
Club members from the United States. They came with their
Thousands of volunteered maintenance hours are spent every
spouses and individually to help maintain the natural beauty
year in clearing these trails giving us an untold worth!
of our trails and to enjoy the great outdoors. This is the fourth
Unfortunately, there are too few people participating in such
year that such a group has come to our beautiful province of
work in such a short time on many of the trails. The ECTA
Newfoundland Labrador…at their own expense for a "work-
appreciates each and every person who does assist in this
constructive line of work.
For a week they had worked and socialized with ECTA
Many of you may not be involved in the regular mainte-
members and other interested volunteers. They helped to
nance but contribute to it as you hike along. Each piece of
maintain Cape St. Francis and Cripple Cove Paths in Pouch
work by each person, no matter how big or small, does assist
Cove and the Topsail Beach Path. Constantly clipping, prun-
in the natural beauty of our trails, everyone's trails! The return
ing, and clearing the trail ways for hikers.
of groups such as the Sierra Club is greatly appreciated.
Many of them were novices to trail maintenance. Not only Every hand is a helping hand! Many thanks to all who lend
was it a first trip for many of them to NL but a first for such such a hand! Thanks Sierra Club, 2007!
a "service trip" with the Sierra Club Group. In addition, pres-
To participate in ECTA Maintenance, please contact the
ent were ECTA Maintenance Volunteers and others - dedicat-
office, 738-HIKE (4453). A one time maintenance outing will
ed people who often participate year after year with this
greatly contribute to the trail clearing efforts and assist you in
devoted group. Time was committed from their days off,
a greater appreciation of the trails.
summer holiday time or precious time away from visiting
family and friends. Come explore, maintain, and enjoy the trails and com-
Several of us
have enjoyed their
company after a
good day of work
with a chat and a
cold drink, by par-
ticipating in a
hike or enjoying
an evening meal
with them. And it
was concluded by
"Farewell!" at a
Great photos of
the their adven-
ture have been
Robert Zeller of
M i s s o u r i
Chance Encounters on Cappahayden - Renews Path was certainly no exception.
Locals frequently want to take time to chat and share their
hospitality. I salute all the great Newfoundlanders who live
the East Coast Trail close to the trail. My life has been changed by little things like
stopping to say hello to someone in a field or a nearby house.
People have many reasons for walking the East Coast Trail. In many ways I feel that the East Coast Trail has a magic and
Many love the varied seascapes and landscapes, aging spirit that beckons to us.
boomers want to maintain or improve fitness levels and still
In September 2006, Hannah, who was known as the Irish
others have hobbies like art, photography, bird watching, plant
Queen of the Southern Shore, passed away but she left all who
identification and even berry picking. No matter what your
knew her with great memories and laughs.
interest or hobby, the trail beckons you to interesting experi-
ences and adventures. Let me explain how I first met an amaz- In 2002, at her 90th birthday, Hannah concluded her speech
ing person who changed my life by giving me a great love of with these inspirational words.
our beautiful coast.
"Count your age by friends - not years,
In the early 1970's as a newly arrived teacher from Ireland I
made use of the old trails for field trips and as a cross-country Count your life by smiles - not tears.
running course. At that time I was teaching at Baltimore High God bless you all ,,, and … start the music!"
School and at my first parent-teacher meeting I met a very
interesting and dynamic lady named Hannah (Sheehan) So take your time on your walks and enjoy friendships. You
Fowler who spoke with the strongest lilting Kilkenny accent I never know how a casual conversation or invitation might
ever heard in my life. No sooner had I met her than she invit- even last a life time.
ed me to Cappahayden for supper and to meet her husband This is certainly what happened to me when Hannah asked
and family.. me to drop into her house for supper.
Later that week, I drove my small red Volkswagen Beetle Michael Boyle operates an off-the-beaten-track historical
along the dusty, gravely landscape towards Cappahayden. So tour of St. John's
bad was the road at the time that I thought of abandoning the
trip and returning to the school.
Thankfully, I persisted and finally arrived to a
wonderful welcome in Hannah's warm, cozy
kitchen. It's a memory that I will recall for the
rest of my life - in fact, I had come home. Yes, I'd
found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
and for thirty five years or more I have been a
regular member of the family and have been
invited to Hannah's for occasions of all sorts.
Hannah's house has a wonderful view over-
looking the East Coast Trail and over many cups
of tea she recounted to me stories from her leg-
endary knowledge of the folklore and history of
the area - enthralling tales of the wreck of the
Florizel, of victims' bodies being carried across
her property to the then Cappahayden train sta-
tion, of the many weary travellers who sought
sanctuary in her house down through the years.
In winter, back then, I often skied along the
steep hill on the trail close to Hannah's house and
at Christmas I would go out janneying or mum-
mering. In summer, I'd walk along the trail near-
by, camp and pick bakeapples in season.
I am always amazed at the welcome hikers get
when we walk the East Coast Trail and the greet-
ing from Hannah's house at the beginning of the
A Hiking Adventure
ECTA board member Neil Hardy and a band of stalwart
hiking adventurers spent a week hiking the highlands near
the community of Francois on Newfoundland's south coast
in the early part of August. Avid hiker Janice Stein was so
enthralled by the experience that she penned the following
They were 12 trekkers, extraordinaire, Day four was the climb up Black Notch hill?
In gay search of unmarked trails so rare Breathtaking the view, La Hune Bay a thrill
Who set out that sunny bright blue day It gave us that shot, the money shot
Heading fearlessly for Rencontre Bay. Narcissus took it, Laura he got
Day one was glorious, up, up and up, That night brought a taste of what was to come
Long vistas of granite o'erran our cup. The fog it rolled in, the rain was no fun
Waterfalls tumbling, fjords wide and deep But Narc's tarp went up, we all huddle in
Camped by a pond, pure fresh and sweet. Tell stories of roses and dragons within
Day two's a challenge not unforeseen Next morning we had, just 5 k's to go
Time to cross over mountainous terrain. The compass it saved us, a true test you know
Keep going, Neil'd say, you can do it! We couldn't believe the fog was so thick
10 hours to camp is just the right fit. Took more than an hour to go .2 clicks
Day three the plan was valleys to see, In rain, up rock cliffs, death defying feats
Yessss, but crevasses gave us no glee Found a lone moose track straight down so steep
The raging river took hours to cross And then what beheld our wondering eyes
Neil George made sure the packs were not lost. T'was a graveyard, FRANCOIS, WE'RE HERE, BY'S
Sadly to say Neil failed us that day Oh the aching bones, a shower ahhhhhh
Tuckamore, he'd said no uckamore-tay Then a shed party, beer, darts and haha
But the bane of those days was the tuckamore Bed to dream sweetly, of thick tuckamore
A thing I hope never to see anymore Smarties, salt peanuts, oatmeal and more
It's time to recount the names of our tribe What can I say as we leave this tall tale
Those fearless hikers, with nothing to hide The trip was stupendous, a memory to hale
Neil, Sharon, George, Joan, Françoise, Fi Fabulous vistas, such daring adventures
Laura, Dave, Narcissus, Bern, Tony, and me Above all new friends, the best of our treasures.
More pictures to be seen at http://www.youtube.com/user/centennial1967
Hiking Schedule Oct.- Dec. 2007
Each hike has a designated Leader who is your prime contact Oct. 27 Flamber Head Path (Bauline East -Brigus
person regarding that hike. South)17.2km. 8-9 hrs.
Participants should arrive for the hike 10 minutes before the Saturday Rating: Moderate-difficult
designated start time or risk being left behind. For one-way Start time: 9:00
hikes, a car shuffle moving some of the cars to the end, or Meet at the parking lot by the harbour in Bauline East.
hikers and some cars to the actual start of the hike, will be Car Pool: 7:45 Arts and Culture Centre parking lot, at the
done-the advertised meeting place may not be the actual start- corner of Allandale Road and Prince Phillip Drive.
ing point of the hike To Car Pool meet in the Arts and Culture Leader: Agnes Delaney firstname.lastname@example.org
Centre parking lot in the corner by Allandale Road and Prince 781 2106
Phillip Drive at the time given: both hikers looking for rides Sweep: Marian Dawe email@example.com 68 2489
and hikers with vehicles are encouraged to participate.
Nov. 04 Tinkers Point Path (Mobile-Tors Cove), return
Oct. 07 Spout Path (Shoal Bay Road-Bay Bulls) 23 km. 10 km.
Sunday 9 hours.Rating: Difficult/Strenuous; proper Sunday 4.5 hrs Rating: Easy, suitable for families, begin-
footwear is essential. ners and seniors.
Start Time: 9:00 Start time: 10:30
Meet at the end Gun Ridge Road on the north side of Bay Meet at the Mobile High School parking lot. Hikers are
Bulls. advised that Sunday hunting is allowed from today through
Car Pool: 8:15 Arts and Culture Centre parking lot in the April 30. Shots will likely be heard.
corner by Allandale Road and Prince Phillip Drive. Car Pool: 9:30 Arts and Culture Centre parking lot in the
Leader: Angie O'Brien firstname.lastname@example.org corner by Allandale Road and Prince Phillip Drive.
Sweep: Cindy Flynn email@example.com 745 5462 Leader: Cathy Carroll firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct. 13 Cape Spear Path (Cape Spear-Maddox Cove) Sweep: Jenniffer Reddick email@example.com
11.5 km, 4-5 hours,
SaturdayRating: easy-moderate Nov. 10 Brigus Head Path (Brigus South to Admiral's
Start time: 10:00 Cove & return) 13 km
Meet in the main parking lot of the Cape Spear National Saturday 4-5 hrs. Rating: Moderate
Historic Site. Start time: 10:00 am
Car Pool: 9:15 Arts and Culture Centre parking lot in the
Meet at parking lot in Brigus South.
corner by Allandale Road and Prince Phillip Drive.
Car Pool: 8:20 Arts and Culture Centre parking lot at the
Leader: Angie O'Brien firstname.lastname@example.org corner of Allandale Road and Prince Phillip Drive.
Sweep: Elizabeth Yeoman email@example.com 1849 Leader: Gail Sharpe firstname.lastname@example.org 747 2155
Hikers with dogs are advised the rabbit hunting season begins Sweep: Darlene Scott email@example.com
today. Beagles may be encountered.
Oct. 20 Spurwink Path (Aquaforte River - Port Kirwan)
17.1 km. Nov. 18 Stiles Cove and Small Point 5 km,
Saturday 8 hrs Rating: Difficult Sunday 2-3 hrs Rating: Easy
Start Time: 9:30 a.m. Start time: 9:30 am.
Meet in Port Kirwan, at the community Centre parking lot at Meet in the ECTA parking area on Satellite Road in Pouch
the end of the pavement. Cove.
Car Pool: 7:45 Arts and Culture Centre parking lot in the Car Pool: 8:45 Arts and Culture Centre parking lot at the
corner by Allandale Road and Prince Phillip Drive. corner of Allandale Road and Prince Phillip Drive.
Special attraction: if there are 8 or more interested, a post- Leader: Cathy Carroll firstname.lastname@example.org
hike "tea" will be arranged at Hagan's B&B in Aquaforte - 364-6233
cost approximately $10. Reserve with Louise Hustins by
Sweep: Pat Lacey email@example.com 437-5852
Thursday evening, October 18.
Leader: Louise Hustins firstname.lastname@example.org 368-6243
Sweep: Cindy Flynn email@example.com 745 5462
cont’d on next page
Hiking Schedule Oct.- Dec. 2007
Nov. 24 Blackhead Path (one way or return) (Blackhead Dec. 02 Logy Bay-Quidi Vidi (Presidential Hike)
- Cape Spear) 4.7 or 9.4 km 9 km. 4.5 hours
Saturday 2 or 3.5 hrs Rating: Easy, suitable for begin- Sunday Start Time: 10:00
ners, seniors or families
Meet at the parking area at the bottom of Quidi Vidi Lake.
Start Time: 10:30
Car Pool: 9:40 Arts and Culture Centre parking lot at the
Meet at the Beach Parking Lot as you enter Blackhead, at the corner of Allandale Road and Prince Phillip Drive.
end of the road you turn onto from the Cape Spear Highway
Join ECTA's President, Randy Murphy and Board members
for the last hike of the year.
Car Pool: 9:45 Arts and Culture Centre parking lot at
Leader: Randy Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org 754 1953
the corner of Allandale Road and Prince Phillip Drive.
Sweep: Allan Stein email@example.com 895 2056
Leader: Cathy Carroll firstname.lastname@example.org
Sweep: Jennifer Reddickjreddick351@hotmail.com
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mote, and maintain the Trail for generations to enjoy.
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