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Trinity Pageant and Skerwink Hike

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

We were up and at it around 8:00 this morning.  We moved to our other campsite which was right beside the river. A beautiful spot!
  An unserviced site for only $15.  We were set up and on our way into explore the lovely little community of Trinity.  Before we head into the community we drive down a very bumby gravel road to get out to the Fort Point lighthouse.  It is 15 degrees with grey skies and fog drifting in and out.
  The Lighthouse is across the bay from Trinity, and with the fog drifting in and out was not great for picture taking.  There were some pretty neat sea stacks along the shore as well as a pretty bad stench from the capelin that were rotting on the beach.  I guess the seagulls have had their fill of capelin.  Trinity is a very well preserved historic town dating back to the 1700’s.  It is best explored on foot, so we park down at the Rising Tides Theatre and Amanda and I head out to take in this beautiful community.
 Doug opted to stay back and make some friends with the owners of a 21 foot motorhome that were retired teachers from Newfoundland.  Most of the houses in Trinity are the salt box type, freshly painted and very well kept.  
Apparently there are a lot of artists, artisans and performers that call this village their home in the summer months. As beautiful as this town is I’m not sure I would want to call it home, every summer you are invaded by 1,000’s of tourists strolling the streets to get a glimpse of what life may have been like for our ancestors. 
There are a number of craft shops filled with local knitting, quilts, jewellery and paintings.   We arrive back at the truck around 12:30 in time to enjoy our lunch while looking out across the bay.  1:30 we can purchase our $18 tickets for the magical journey through the lanes and roads of Trinity and take in The New Founde Lande Trinity Pageant.  This pageant was amazing! 
Tavenor and Matey led us through the lanes of Trinity where we were entertained along the way.  We met an array of colourful characters that told the story of their past in skits and song. There were heartwrenching stories of hardship their strength and  courage as well as the humour of the Newfoundlanders. The skies at cleared and the temperature had risen to around 18 degrees which was just perfect for our 2 ½ hour journey around Trinity.  We loved every minute of it. 

After the play Amanda and I went on a 5.4 km hike around the Skerwink trail which is listed as one of the top 35 trails in North America.  It was absolutely beautiful!  There was a lookout at the top of the mountain that gave you a 360 degree view of the surrounding area.  All of the hikes that I’ve been on in Newfoundland have been great.  They have boardwalks over wet areas, and steps built into the mountain in some of the steep sections.  They have obviously spent a lot of time and effort making these trails more user friendly and safe.  Amanda was definitely in awe of this beautiful province.  We make it back to camp in time to enjoy a nice campfire and the beautiful view of our campsite.  

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