regatta fun

Last Wednesday was the St. John’s Regatta, which is the oldest sporting event in North America. It is always held on the first Wednesday of August, weather permitting.  So for the residents of St. Johns, the August holiday falls on a Wednesday, as long as the weather is good.  If the winds are too high for the boat races, then the holiday falls on the Thursday instead.  20130808-155404.jpg

When I was a kid, I thought the regatta was all about the games and people all around the edge of Quidi Vidi Lake.  I was probably 11 when I realized the Regatta was actually a boat race!  Ridiculous, I know, but as a kid the games and the hopes of winning a blue puppy or a purple monkey was too alluring to focus on what was happening on the lake lol.  Our first stop was checking out the ring toss. Does anyone actually win these things??

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We also bought some tickets on the Cash Wheel.  We had good thoughts about these numbers!

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But no luck on the numbers!

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We stopped by the jumpy castles to see Sister#2’s kids.

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While DS was hanging out with some buddies from Ottawa, DD and I kept ourselves busy at the photo booth.  We laughed, since we were not prepared for the camera in the second photo.

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The crowds were crazy down at the lake, but it was fun for the kids to check it all out.

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whitehills trail

So hands down, my absolute favourite part of being here in St. John’s is the hiking trails. Well, actually, I guess my TRUE favourite part of being here is being near my family, but definitely the second best part is the hiking lol. My friend took me on a hike I had never done before and let me tell you, I will be going back!! Very soon!20130730-165718.jpg

You start the hike at the base of Quidi Vidi Lake (you have to drive around the lake near those big green storage containers) and from there you can park and hike up the hills. Apparently you can go all the way to Logy Bay – we heard it would take approx 2-4 hours, depending on how fast you hike. I would love to do that soon – but this time we only went to the top of the staircase. (I don’t know how to describe it other than that). We were probably hiking for an hour and a half.

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You get a bird’s eye view of Quidi Vidi Village (so quaint) and the ocean. There were lots of boats going in and out.

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It is not always clear where you are going on the path, and it would be easy to veer off the intended trail, if you weren’t totally paying attention. We tried to follow the East Coast Trail signs and any wooden walkways to keep us on track.

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This is us at the top of the stairs feeling great from that fabulous hike!

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The view seemed to change at every vantage point. I just kept clicking photos.

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This is a panoramic photo I took with my iphone. Gorg.

I’m on the top of the wo-orld lookin’, down on cre-a-tion…..

Ear worm?

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Looking forward to finding more trails. Stay tuned.