Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cape Breton Highlands National Park & The Skyline Trail

 

MQTlogoa Acadian Coastline, Gaelic Folklore, Celtic Culture and The The Mi'kmaq Nation… To say the least there is a lot going on in Cape Breton Nova Scotia. A “My Quality Time” post.

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The Skyline Trail::: “Length: 7.5 km (4.7 mi) return or 9.2 km (5.7 mi) loop Elevation: 290 - 405 m (950 - 1,330 ft) Time: 2 - 3 hours
Significant Features: Headland cliff, ocean Main trail suitable for most skill levels.  Boardwalk with steps at headland.  Rugged back loop.” Linda and I with my sister Sara and her husband Larry did the In-Out trail not the loop.

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If one is going to do just one hike in this area this is the one to do. There are hundreds of wonderful blog posts/web sites devoted to this area with detailed photos and descriptions of the hike. You can do your own research if interested. Here are a couple links I really like: One Journey and Wandering Not Lost .

On this hike you may see moose and bear but we did not… so it goes…   Instead I offer up a “At A Breton Calvaire” from the book::”Cape Breton Tales” by Harry James Smith 1880-1918.

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“Upon that cape that thrusts so bare.. Its crest above the wasting sea-Grey rocks amidst eternity- There stands an old and frail calvaire, Upraising like an unvoiced cry Its great black arms against the sky. For storm-beat years that cross has stood: It slants before the winter gale; And now the Christ is marred and pale;

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The rain has washed away the blood That ran once on its brow and side, And in its feet the seams are wide.

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But when the boats put out to sea At earliest dawn before the day. The fishermen, they turn and pray, Their eyes upon calvary:

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“O Jesu, Son of Mary fair, Our little boats are in thy care!” and when the storm beats hard and shrill

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Then toil-bent women, worn with fear, Pray for the lives they hold so dear, And seek the cross

upon the hill: “O Jesu, Son of Mary mild, Be with them where the waves are wild!”

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And when the dead they carry by Across that melancholy land,- Dead that were cast up on the strand

Beneath a black and whirling sky,- They pause before the old calvaire; They cross themselves and say a prayer.

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O Jesu, Son of Mary fair! O Faith, that seeks thy cross of pain! Their voices break above the rain,

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The wind blows hard, the heart lies bare: Clutching through dark, their hands find Thee,

O Christ, that died on Calvary!”

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Film crew getting ready to shoot a documentary… and now I’m HUNGRY:::

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The Beggars Banquet a chance for you to get into period costume and gorge on a feast of local seafood in a replicated 18th-century tavern.
2015-09-05 06.41.57 Hope you enjoyed the post/photos… and as always have

a great day…. Joe Todd reporting for “My Quality Time”

MQTlogoa Cape Breton Highlands National Park & The Skyline Trail

2 comments:

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a beautiful park and great to have the history and scenic beauty all in one area. The life of a fisherman was (and is) dangerous and hard! Thanks for taking us along on this trip.

Linda Gross said...

I enjoyed your pictures. The farthest north I have made it on the East Coast has been to Maine. I would love to make it to Nova Scotia some day.