Sunday, 10 June 2012


Andrea Carver, and a fellow hiker friend, Helen, are here in, Newfoundland & Labrador, visiting from Calgary, Alberta.  Here, in Ferryland, they stop for a packed-lunch break on the very edge of a daunting precipice with a long drop to the, craggy, shore-lined rocks, below.  Little did the ladies know, what a stupendous show they were about to take in, while they enjoyed their respite.  It isn't uncommon to see icebergs along our, Eastern, North Atlantic Coastline, this time of year.
However, these ladies timing could not have been better placed. For as they sat to enjoy their luncheon view, a climber departed from a small two person dingy boat, and proceeded to mount the side of the massive iceberg before them.  Using ice picks, the iceberg climber/jumper assented to the top.  Once summited, he wandered around on the icy surroundings a bit, and surveyed his now, new launch platform!  Because folks, what goes up, must come down.  And come down our ice climber did, in spectacular fashion!  He walked to the edge, and looked down, (this would be enough right there for most of us to hail a SAR helicopter), but not our climber, he calmly walked back, paused for only a second and then, without hesitation, made a brisk walk to the edge and with ice picks raised in the air as if in a sign of triumphant victory, leapt from the edge and free-fell to the icy, specular, cold North Atlantic Ocean.  The audience waited with baited breath and a moment later our helmet-clad, wet-suited, human of skill and brave-heart, bobbed to the surface.   Timing, is everything when you to sit to have your lunch along our, East Coast Trail, and for our visiting friends from Alberta, who sat down to enjoy theirs, it could not have been better.  

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