Over the weekend and rather spontaneously, James booked us a cabin in the Trinity area. Our first visit to Trinity was last year for Roots, Rants and Roars, but we spent most of our time in Bonavista, at the event, and little time exploring the town. About three hours from St. John's, we took to the Trans-Canada Highway then spurred north on 230, passing through the town of Dildo. The name of this town never grows too old for a giggle. You can read about all of the peculiar Newfoundland towns with similarly silly names in this article.
We were hoping to spot some icebergs along Broad Cove. Though no icebergs were in sight, we did admire the beauty of this town from two chairs thoughtfully positioned on the coast.
On an episode of VICELAND's Abandoned we learned about this discarded amusement park that was once a railway. A train carried passengers and goods from the Bonavista Penninula, around the Trinity Loop and all throughout the country, dating back to 1911. This branch of the railway closed in 1984 and the land purchased and made into an amusement park in 1988. By 2004 the park was abandoned, due to dwindling attendance, and a wicked storm in 2010 caused further destruction.
We hiked a short ways to get to this spot as the road was still partially iced over, in MAY. We are surprised by the continued snow this close to "summer." However, having a gorgeous following day, I think we're almost there. Posing in near silence among large structures, typically associated with loud noises and lots of people, was both peaceful and chilling. Almost like you could close your eyes and hear the faint laughter of attendees past.
Technically leaving Trinity, but not by far, we ventured a few miles to Port Rexton. Port Rexton has a population of only around 350 people, but it is home to a brewery James has been eager to visit. A few of Port Rexton's brews are available around St. Johns. Particularly an IPA James really likes.
Port Rexton Brewing is a small craft brewery with a seasonal tap room. I didn't realize they were only open seasonally, so I'm very glad we arrived to find it operating. Much of the areas driven by tourism will close until late May or early June.
Satisfyingly, we were able to sample a variety of Port Rexton's brews. From their saison to porter and for James, a couple of IPAs. I love that they serve all of their tastings in either full or half jars, so I was able to try a lesser amount of two beers and not be too full for dinner.
Wanting to soak in as much serenity as possible from the cabin James booked, we purchased some groceries from a small market and made our way back down through Trinity and into the small neighborhood of Dunfield. This cabin sits unaccompanied, nestled into a cove overlooking the ocean. A tiny iceberg, defined as a growler, bobbed in a welcoming manner.
Spur of the moment is not something we get too many opportunities for. With our time together so regimented, it was wonderful to do something without planning it weeks or months in advance. To soak up a little calm in our ever alternating worlds.