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:
In the forest I ran into one of my favourite plants, frequently found on the side of the trail:
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):
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:
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:
Fishermen at Sandy Cove were busy checking their pots:
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:
After my hike, I picked up Marije at home, drove her to work, and got started with the rest of my day. 🙂