I was up early and per usual it was pouring and foggy. I walked around a little bit and grabbed a few shots of Sheets Harbour before making my way to the island of Cape Brenton in the north
Once I got to Cape Brenton I turned onto the Cabot Trail Road. It rings around the top of the island with lots of stops for hiking. Below is a map of may of the hikes available.
Here is my vehicle and the start of the Cabot Trail Rd
The weather started to clear a bit and I was able to take some pictures as I ringed around the top of the island
I stopped for a brief hike at an area called Middle Head
I kept moving up towards Neil’s Harbour and stopped at a place called the Chowder House for a lunch of fried clams
The waitress there told me about a nice little drive on a smaller road that leads to a short hike on White Point. I followed it and was pleasantly surprised with the view and the nice afternoon weather-wise I was getting
I continued straight west across the top of Cape Brenton and then turned south.
I was planning on stopping here for the night but I did not want to waste any of this clear weather as it was supposed to get crappy again anytime. I pushed on to a hike called The Skyline, which is supposed to be the best of them all.
It was about a 5 mile loop that made it out to an overlook and then followed the contour of the coast a bit before circling back to the parking area. I got started about 2 hours before dark so I knew it would be close but the trail seemed pretty easy to follow even if I did get held up, which I did.
Not soon after I started I ran across this moose
The people on the otherside were frantically waving at me to stop and to go back!. I was about 50ft away and felt that was a comfortable distance. When it did move and I ran into the people going the other way they chastised me for getting too close and risking dismemberment by the beast. I did not tell them that a year ago I got within 5 ft of a mother and her babies on a hiking trail in Jasper Canada. But I began to think maybe I was pressing my luck and would head their warning next time.
I continued on to the overlook and ran across these fenced in areas
They are actually meant to keep moose out to allow the vegetation time to recover.
I sat along the water for a bit but wanted to make it back before dark so I did not stay for sunset.
I soon ran into this bull
He was definitely not one I was going to get near with that rack
I was about ½ mile from my car and I saw a female moose crashing through the brush next to the trail. I scanned the trees around to find which would be the easiest to climb in case she charged. She hung by the trail eating brush and 2 babies emerged. Now they were on both sides of the trail and I could not go around because it was too dense
It was pretty dark now and I had no choice but to just wait. I sat in the trail for about 2 hours before 5 or 6 other people showed up and the moose eventually moved on or we just couldn’t see them anymore in the blackness.
I continued on to another seaside town for the night