Had we finally been defeated after a month of
weather and minimal flows? During our time in Newfoundland we put for
the effort, driving over 5,000 kilometers, including a trip to Labrador
and Quebec in pursuit of water. While checking the flight schedule in
Deer Lake we found we had several hours to kill before Ben's flight
Going to a local eatery to capture Chris’s
we were able to check the weather and email. Our local contact, Chris
, had sent an email
about rain on the west coast of the island. Chris and I had a flight
out of St Johns and several errands to run in town, so we dropped Ben
off for his flight and embarked on the all day drive to St Johns.
was nearly midnight when we
arrived, tired but energetic from the
lack of exercise. Lacking a phone and not wanting to wake our locals,
we camped out in town and waited to see what our last two days would
While cleaning out borrowed gear and our car we got in
Chris, who had the afternoon off and thought flows might still be up a
little. We ran just out of town for a quick run down Bay Bulls Brook.
Korbulic having a great run down
the largest drop of Bay Bulls.
Buchanan on the same.
Our appetites were awakened by this bit paddling, and when
waterfall within two hours of town was mentioned, we were in. Joined by KNL
Dave MacDonald we set off for what was promised to be a
“fifty minute” hike on a
“trail” accessing Little Harbor River. We all knew
Chris was blowing sunshine up our skirts on this one, and soon enough
the trail disappeared into bogs and tuckamore.
author, photo courtesy Dave
did the trail go? Dave MacDonald
enjoying the view.
wasn’t too bad at first, but
in the last half kilometer it
turned into a full on mission through thick blowdown.
The author enjoying some classic Newfoundland hiking, photo courtesy
could hear it long before we got
there. Chris and Dave thought it
would go but weren’t completely sure. What a beautiful sight
after the hike.
Typical to Newfoundland this drop had many ill placed
ledges, but we knew there had to be a line in it somewhere. After some
fairly extensive scouting we found a good looking line about three feet
wide, dropping over a green tongue between two flakes and melting a
fold and free falling into the hopefully deep pool.
author lining it up at the lip,
courtesy Dave MacDonald
Following a perfect eddy line as a line up marker,
dropped over the
lip expected to bump a flake a little on the way down, but accelerated
over the lip with no contact and tucked halfway down, melting into the
bottom and resurfacing upright with a grin miles wide. Epic photo taken
by Dave MacDonald.
the line being even cleaner than
it looked, Chris Buchanan
followed next, stomping a great line.
There was no better way to finish our trip then by
running a nice waterfall. During the paddle down to the inlet
and our cars we enjoyed gorgeous scenery and good company, dreaming of
coming back to Newfoundland with better flows for more kayaking.