I went to one of the four corners of the world

According to the Flat Earth Society, Brimstone Head on Fogo Island is one of the Four Corners of the World. Really.

What is the Flat Earth Society? “The mission of the Flat Earth Society is to promote and initiate discussion of Flat Earth theory as well as archive Flat Earth literature.”

Alright, so that doesn’t tell us much. But here’s what Wikipedia has to say: “The Flat Earth model is an archaic belief that the Earth’s shape is a plane or disk. Most ancient cultures have had conceptions of a flat Earth, including Greece until the classical period, the Bronze Age and Iron Age civilizations of the Near East until the Hellenistic period, India until the Gupta period (early centuries AD) and China until the 17th century.”

I still have barely an inkling of what the Flat Earth Society or the theory really is. I just can’t be arsed. Even Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism pokes fun at it.

In all seriousness, though, the designation is pretty cool. Papa New Guinea, the Bermuda Triangle, Fogo, and Hydra (Greece). I love how I keep finding all these Greece/Newfoundland links.

Riley, Corbin and I went in search of the trail that would take us to Brimstone Head. But as things are in rural Newfoundland, the signage was a bit off. We ended up in the wrong end of town, at Fogo Head.

The view was intimidating. A straight staircase into the sky. But dammit, the view from the top was too irresistible…and so we began our climb.

It was windy. Windy and steep and exhausting. Our thighs burned and our ears ached with the wind whistling between them. We passed overturned benches and broken stairs, and yet we kept climbing.

The view at the top, as you can see, was definitely worth it. I’m amazed by the colours of Central Newfoundland…the electric yellow and neon green flora is a shock to the system.

BUT we still had to conquer Brimstone Head. We couldn’t come all the way to Fogo and NOT do it, even if we had to catch our ferry in an hour.

We arrived at the base of the trail, and groaned. I don’t know why we were expecting flat trails in Newfoundland. Maybe because of the whole “Flat Earth Society” thing.

That big, bulbous lump is the Head. Photo courtesy of Janice Goudie.

Up, up, up we went! Until we passed this ominous sign.

I love that the zero is in quotation marks. Are they lying?

This trail is a bit rougher, rockier, and less trodden. We watched our step carefully. The wind was even more fierce here than at Fogo Head, but again, worth the view at the top.

We did it!

Now I’ll have to conquer the other three, including the Bermuda Triangle. Who’s in?

  • September 14 2012

    Fogo was one of my top sublime experiences for sure!

    • September 17 2012

      Looooves! I think Change Islands were my fav, though.

  • September 14 2012

    It’s the second time in a week I’ve heard about this place. In university I was a member of the Flat Earth Society and have the drinking mug to prove it. You can probably guess that it was more about having a good time than anything remotely intellectual.

    • September 17 2012

      Lol! LOVE it. I need to hear more about this. You don’t strike me as a flat earther.

  • September 14 2012

    Count me in. We’ll go by inflatable zodiac. You bring beer. Lots.

  • September 15 2012

    Four corners of the world? Ha ha ha ha, what next! Got to be done just for the sake of it though. Nice pictures!

  • September 15 2012

    My duck, don’t even get me started on those Flat Earthers. I went to Fogo a couple of years ago and wrote a post about it. I asked the head of the Flat Earth Society who came up with the four corners idea (Fogo, Hydra, Bermuda Triangle, and Papua New Guinea), and it seems it wasn’t them. They say it came from the mind of a performance artist from Ontario that now lives in Twillingate. I contacted her (nice lady), and she says “there are many corners of the earth” (a very performance artist sort of thing to say.)

    I think you should go back there and get to the bottom of this. :)

    Here’s my original article in case you wanna read it (or not…)


    • September 17 2012

      Hahahaha. Not surprised, in the slightest. Still love that NL pokes fun at the whole thing.

  • September 16 2012

    I’m in. But the ‘four corners’ don’t even seem to cover the any major land-areas where the ‘flat earthers’ might be living.. sounds very made-up!

  • September 16 2012

    Wonderful, wonderful photos! What a beauty spot… I will have to go some day :) (Also, how much do I love the sense of humour of Newfoundland? The most.)

    • September 17 2012

      My fav was the ferry worker who saw the dozen Dominion beer in our trunk, and said: “Do you know what beer is the lord’s favourite? The lord have Dominion over all.”

  • September 19 2012

    I want to make it to one of the 4 corners of the earth! Maybe I’ll aim for Papua New Guinea…seems like the nearest location to me right now. ;)

  • September 12 2013

    Another great place that we were nearly blown off of! haha I liked fogo but I did not like the 3 hour wait in a line of traffic to “maybe” get on the very late ferry. patience is a virtue…..

  • August 30 2017

    Such pretty pictures and yes it is all true this is one of the corners of the flat earth!

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