Day 3 on the Cabot Trail.
Today, we decided to head the other direction on the Cabot Trail. Our ultimate destination was the famous Skyline Trail, but we made some stops along the way.
Our first stop was Lone Shieling Trail. It was a quick walk to see a historic... well... Lone Shieling. I didn't know what that was, so this was very educational.
They warned us of the coyotes (someone was killed by coyotes on the Skyline Trail very recently and there have been other attacks as well).
The leaves were just starting to change and they all glimmered with gold.
A few had even turned bright red.
The next trail we stopped at was called "Bog" and it was a bog. However, they could have come up with something a little more creative because it was actually really neat. You are pretty much guaranteed to see moose here if you come at the right time of day. We also learned about the ecosystem, and more importantly, the insect eating plants!!
They were everywhere:
After that, we made it to the Skyline Trail. We decided to do the full loop (although most people only do the short section). It went through the wilderness and then skirted along the ocean.
The environment was pretty weird and the effects of the wind were evident. Apparently, the trees get ice blasted so they are stunted.
At the midpoint of the Skyline Trail, you can walk out onto the top of the mountain and see an amazing panorama (as long as the wind isn't too strong, as they have Les Suetes, winds that can reach 125 mph). We ventured out there and it was beautiful! We didn't stay too long though because my dress kept blowing over my head (and I had flashbacks to my childhood when my parents took me up a mountain and I almost blew away).
On the way home, we saw some people hitchhiking on the side of the road. After our recent adventures in hitchhiking, we decided to stop and talk to them. They had just finished a day hike on one of the trails where the end was far from the start and were looking for a ride back up hill to their car. We gave them a lift back up to their car. Unfortunately, when we got back to our campground, we realized that the girl had left her prescription glasses with clip on sunglasses in our car (If you somehow find this blog, we have your glasses in Halifax!).
We finished the day in typical fashion:
A lovely dinner of campfire rice and beans,
and lounging on the cliffs overlooking the ocean as the sun sets.