Board M.V. "Merasheen".
Prepare for Departure and Safety Procedure.
You have about an hour and a half or so before lunch to acquaint yourself with our house, the staff, and Old Cove. You can take a walk to the beach (within five-minutes' walk from the lodge); you can chat with the local fishermen; or you can just stroll around the cove at your leisure. Looking out over the water from the sandy beach, you see Arnold's Cove and Come-By-Chance, as well as the resettled islands of Merasheen, Brule, Long Island and Spencer's Cove in the distance.
You may like a rest after lunch, but a walk to another resettled community of Janes Cove, at the other end of the island, is a real treat. The walk is approximately 45-minutes ong. The old road to Janes Cove will take you over gently rolling hills and grassland with breathtaking scenery. This is a public road and has not been maintained in over fifty years so be careful as you my encounter some uneven spots, protruding rocks, etc. You can visit the site of the school and church or go off the main trail and visit the old graveyards. You may choose to hike along the beaches or just sit on the hill and gaze up the bay at some of the many islands of Placentia Bay. If you've never rowed a rowboat, now is the time to learn. Ask the staff for a life jacket and you are ready to begin. Horseshoes is a favorite game for many. If you like a game of cards, there is, no doubt, someone eager to join you in a hand or two. Visit our "Store Loft Museum" and browse through some of the material on local history. Some of the photos are a real treat.
Supper is usually pan-fried cod, vegetables baked and boiled, homemade bread, grandmother's favourite cottage pudding, complete with a complimentary glass of wine.
Get ready to depart for the second part of your adventure. (The staff will advise you of the exact departure time).
You are on your way to visit another resettled community. As you pass Woody Island, you get a different view of the trails you hiked along the day before. You will also get a different view of the resettled communities of Merasheen, Brule, Spencer's Cove, Tacks Beach and Isle Valen. Most of these islands have no permanent residents, just those who return each spring to pursue the fishery. Keep an eye out for whales, dolphins, bald eagles and other wildlife in the area.
Muddy Hole also called Bollard's Town is located on Sound Island and is our destination on Day Two. This snug little cove was resettled in the 1940's, well before the official resettlement program began. While the staff prepare lunch, some may wish to hike around the harbour, or you may prefer to sit around the fire and listen to some music.
The fire is lit, the kettle is boiling, the picnic lunch laid out, so it's time to eat. Our picnic lunch is homemade beef soup, sandwiches made from homemade bread, homemade squares or tea buns, as well as tea, coffee or a cold drink.