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The Bear Necessities
Hikers and campers will soon be headed into the great outdoors in droves for some much needed wilderness therapy after a long, snowy winter. Of course, there's nothing like a wildlife sighting or two - perhaps a moose ambling along the trail or a hungry gray jay sneaking off with some picnic lunch - to feel at one with nature.

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Birds of Winter | Slideshow article picture

Birds of Winter | Slideshow
Winter in Newfoundland and Labrador is a great time for bird watching. Whether it's a walk in the woods or just looking at the backyard bird feeder, birdwatching is a great way to appreciate the cold season.
We've put together a slideshow of bird photos sent to us by our readers. While the photos may not have been taken in the province, you'll find all of these birds in Newfoundland and Labrador during the winter months.
To find out where exactly you'll find them, how to attract them to your feeder, and the sounds they make, pick up our January issue.
This link will take you to a slideshow of birds in Newfoundland and Labrador.
 
 
 
Endangered places: Trinity Loop | Slideshow article picture

Endangered places: Trinity Loop | Slideshow
Trinity Loop. There used to be people here. Lots of them. "Kids of all ages," as the saying goes. It was a little downhome Disneyland, filled with so much laughter and so many squeals of delight you couldn't hear yourself think. But here you didn't have to think - you just had to be, and enjoy, and for a few hours this place was the only place in the world.

Today, Newfoundland
 
 
 
Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve (Submitted by Robert Garnier)

Caves and Tunnels
We've collected our favourite reader submitted images of caves and tunnels from across Newfoundland. Click on the image below to go on a virtual tour that will take you from the Great Northern Peninsula all the way to the Avalon Peninsula.

What cool nooks and crannies have you found?
Submit your photos here.


 
 
 
The trinkets contained in one of Downhome's geocaches

Downhome's Latest Geocaches
Magazine staff took advantage of their staycations this summer and hid three new Downhome geocaches in the wilderness of our beautiful province.

For those of you who don't know, a "geocache" is a container filled with small toys and other inexpensive trinkets. Seeking them is the goal of "geocaching," a high-tech treasure hunt that spans the globe. When a geocacher uncovers a cache, he or she usually takes an item and leaves an item
 
 
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The trinkets contained in one of Downhome's geocaches

The Wreck of the Nova Scotia
In the December 2009 issue of Downhome, we share the incredible story of St. John's-native Thomas Goodyear. The 89-year-old is the last surviving member of the 114-member crew of the ill-fated Merchant Navy ship, the Nova Scotia.

While travelling off the coast of South Africa in 1942, a German submarine blasted the Nova Scotia with three torpedoes, leaving all those onboard stranded in the water. Thomas was one of only 14 crew members to survive the unimaginable ordeal.

And nobody can tell the story quite like he can. So, here is a clip from our recent interview with Thomas.







 
 
 
The trinkets contained in one of Downhome's geocaches

Reunion Memories: End of an Era
By Joann Fantina
Bernardsville, New Jersey, USA


My mom is a native of St. John's; she wed a G.I. and moved to the U.S. in 1946. Once the kids got old enough, our family began the annual trek to visit "the relatives" in St. John's.

A dozen or so aunts and uncles and an army of cousins celebrated, ate, played, fought and forged lasting memories. However, as the old set of relatives slowed
 
 
 
The trinkets contained in one of Downhome's geocaches

Gros Morne Mountain
By Cheryl Briggs

For those thinking about hiking Gros Morne Mountain alone - don't. I had planned to hike it solo until my more seasoned hiking colleagues warned me against it. What were they cautioning me about? Fog.

"The trail is well marked, how hard can it be?" I thought. Well, if the fog rolls in it's a lot more difficult to navigate the mountain than you would imagine. The fog courts the
 
 
 
The trinkets contained in one of Downhome's geocaches

A Wild Winter Ride
Edward Murphy

Back in the late 1940s and '50s in Newfoundland and Labrador, we had really hard winters of frost and snow. In the Little Bay area of Marystown, 1946 was one of those cold winters. The harbour was frozen over and my brother Pete, who was the oldest member of our group, wanted to go riding.

He got the horse slide and tied a brin bag to the front handles of the
 
 


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