Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Colliers conception bay


Blown away. The absolute beauty of Colliers; a the tiny outport at the head of Conception bay . The type of place where wind rolling off a seagulls wing is loud. 


I came to do a bit of a back track to Bacon Cove; checking off another length of shoreline on my quest to paddle every inch of the Avalon. I wasn't picturing such beautiful cliffs and uninhabited shores; and I struggled with the idea to explore or not the opposite side of the harbour and skip my trip back into Bacon cove. I had time to decide as I paddled along.


Gliding into James cove was absolutely inspiring. A time capsule of rural Newfoundland. A small tidy cabin with no road aside from a old cart track leading to it. The white stone on the hill commanded my attention as I walked the beach of the past.  The oldest headstone in the community sits alone on the hill depicting the passing of James Cole Collier's in 1855. Leaving his surname upon this beautiful little town, and given name upon the cove.


A young bull moo'ed as I passed by the grave. Cattle is not something you see around rural Newfoundland much anymore; and there was something welcoming and reassuring about it.


The iconic Newfoundland pony grazed on the meadow where boats were hauled in for the season. 



Watching his ears and approaching cautiously; I could see he was receptive to a bit of a pet. I still remember ponies from my childhood; they still hold a special place in my heart.


After consuming a drab of coffee I continued down the eastern side of the harbour; rolling on occasion to bring some relief to the heat. Not a bad complaint for May here in the North Atlantic.

Once reaching the eastern headland I took advantage of the beautiful day.  Landing in a small wave pounded coast that would be near impossible to explore during any swell at all. Stripping off the drysuit I too my time climbing over the cliffs to get an amazing view of the bay. The ground atop the knolls was thick with crow-berry bushes; soft as a mattress. I couldn't help imagine sitting inside my tent here. Listening to the breeze flap the tarp, bushes scratching on the tent floor as I moved around. I NEED to get camping soon.



 After some coffee and much relaxation I decided I would save the western portion of this bay as a great way to start my next paddle up to Brigus and beyond. Heading strait down the fjord like bay with a light wind to my back I caught up to those clouds ahead. By far one of the nicest day paddles and most beautiful communities I've encounters so far on the Avalon. What a great day.

12 comments:

  1. looks like a wonderful place to paddle

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    1. It was awesome. I'm enjoying this lack of gale force winds...it's allowing relaxation during a paddle!

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  2. Ontario is sending some great warm weather your way!
    The Man was out paddling with the neighbour today. The bugs are starting to pick up.

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    1. Thanks for the warmth! Its really unreal for May!The bugs never are unbearable here as it can be in the valley here. But the blackflies are out in places.

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  3. Well I'll be damned. A small group of us did that paddle last fall. We pulled into that small cove in the pouring rain for lunch. It certainly was the same pony we saw but I can't vouch for the young bull. There was one there that looked like him but I'm thinking the guy we saw ended up in the freezer!!

    I thought I had a blog entry on our paddle but unfortunately I did not post one. That's OK, your's helped me relive that day last fall.

    Cheers,
    Sean

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  4. Yeah it's a great little paddle. Most likely the same pony. He was pretty calm. The other bull apparently went to a farm upstate where he can run and play.

    Glad you enjoyed!

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  5. Hi Lee,

    That looks like an absolutely beautiful place to paddle :o)

    Still waiting for Spring warmth here in Scotland......

    Kind Regards

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    1. It was a awesome paddle Ian. The opposite side of the harbour apparently has some arches etc...I can't wait!

      Somehow it got up to 21 here today. This is not normal for here at all! Hopefully it makes its way up to yah on the currents!

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    2. Funny thing Lee, but it's arrived! 10 degrees C or less for weeks, 20 plus for the last couple of days and on through to next week :o)

      Kind Regards

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    3. Excellent news! We are having very hot weather for May as well. Enjoy!

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  6. Fantastic photos and places for paddle!

    Greetings from south Brazil.

    Alberto Blank
    albertoblank.blogspot.com

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