Early July is a great time to go out on a morning hike: the sun comes up so early you can easily squeeze in a few hours of fresh air and scenery before work, there’s just no better way to start your day!

While I lived in Newfoundland I hiked the East Coast Trail as much as I could, including many early mornings when the sunrise lit up coves and cliffs that were usually cloaked in shadow.

Here are some photos from a hike that leads from Pouch Cove to Black Head North, over the first 5 km of Stiles Cove Path:

Morning light - Stiles Cove Path

Morning light – Stiles Cove Path

Sea stacks of Black Head Cove - Stiles Cove Path

Sea stacks of Black Head Cove – Stiles Cove Path

In the forest I ran into one of my favourite plants, frequently found on the side of the trail:

Crackerberries on the forest floor - Stiles Cove Path

Crackerberries on the forest floor – Stiles Cove Path

The open meadow at Black Head North gives you a lot to look at, including a distant preview of the northernmost East Coast Trail (Biscan Cove Path, seen in the background):

View from Black Head North - Stiles Cove Path

View from Black Head North – Stiles Cove Path

On the other side of Black Head North I caught a few glimpses of a minke whale at Chimney Gulch, but the sparkling water was too bright to get a good look:

Cliffs above Chimney Gulch - Stiles Cove Path

Cliffs above Chimney Gulch – Stiles Cove Path

The sun was up much higher on the way back, reaching into places that rarely see any light at all, like this small sea arch hidden below the trail:

Small sea arch at Sandy Cove - Stiles Cove Path

Small sea arch at Sandy Cove – Stiles Cove Path

Fishermen at Sandy Cove were busy checking their pots:

Fishermen hauling in their lobster pots - Stiles Cove Path

Fishermen hauling in their lobster pots – Stiles Cove Path

Return to Pouch Cove - Stiles Cove Path

Return to Pouch Cove – Stiles Cove Path

Closing in on Pouch Cove, my last stop was Shoe Cove, a natural resting point on the trail that comes with its own little beach:

Shoe Cove - Stiles Cove Path

Shoe Cove beach – Stiles Cove Path

Shoe Cove lupins - Stiles Cove Path

Shoe Cove lupins – Stiles Cove Path

After my hike, I picked up Marije at home, drove her to work, and got started with the rest of my day. 🙂