So after all that appreciation talk yesterday, I decided to appreciate something in my own backyard. I’m in Newfoundland right now. I grew up here. So I knew that something very cool was nearby. Only a 20 minute drive away from St. John’s is the Most Easterly Point in North America — Cape Spear. There’s a lighthouse still in operation there, and the views are breathtaking.
Of course the wind is enough to blow the head off you, and your extremities are numb from the cold in a very short time, but to be able to know that you’re the only person in North America that is that close to Europe, well, that’s pretty darn cool.
If you ever get the opportunity, I would highly recommend a visit. It’s a great place to spend the day hiking or just taking in the scenery. All in all, it was a pretty good place to start the new year. One of the resolutions I made was to spend New Year’s Day 2012 in some other Easternmost point. Maybe Rodrigues, Mauritius (63°30’E) — the Easternmost point of Africa. It sounds a lot more tempting than some of the other Easternmost points. Click here for the full list.
So while I was out there, I got thinking, “What would it be like to live out here?” Sure, I used to live a 20 minute drive away, but would it feel any different to be the Easternmost resident in North America? I was this close, so I had to check it out. It didn’t look like anyone was home, but this is the Easternmost inhabited house in North America. There’s no sign. No plaque. No musuem or gawkers at the gate (except for me). It’s just someone’s house. They even had clothes out on the line (a true Newfie tradition). It’s in a little hamlet just down the road in a place called Blackhead. Anyhow, here is the house. Maybe next time I’ll stop by for a cup of tea and a chat.
While I was there, I also noticed this — the start of the East Coast Trail. I’m kinda ashamed to say that I didn’t know that this was the starting point, being from Newfoundland and all. But at least I started the new year learning something.
Hopefully I can make it back here when the weather is a little nicer and see what the trail holds. I’ve been to both Freshwater Bay and Fort Amherst, but would love to see the other stops along the way. That’s all for now folks. Have a gooder.