gallows cove

I’m backtracking to March – when Chris and I walked the Gallows Cove Trail in Torbay. The snow had barely gone, in fact at the time, there was still snow and ice in the shade of the woods.  Regardless, the sun had come out and it felt glorious to be outside.

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I only heard about this trail a couple of years ago when my friend was visiting from Ottawa and we were in search of an iceberg. In case you don’t know where it is, you’ll see the sign for Gallows Cove Road just after you drive by Foodland (if you are coming from town). Turn right and you’ll end up at the trail. 5-Torbay

Looking back on these photos, I can almost smell the fresh, clean, crisp, air. I LOVE the deep blue of the ocean and the gradient blues of the sky.

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We only walked for a hour or so – but I heard you can walk all the way around the harbour.  I’ll have to go back and find out more at a later date. Happy Trails.

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oh what a hike!

IMG_8821We’ve had a really cold start to summer. Some are blaming it on the capelin being late rolling, some are just chaulking it up to living in this unpredictable place. Regardless of the reason for the cold, when we finally do get a good day, you have to take full advantage and get outside.

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One day last week we arrived home from work and it was warm and sunny (well, it wasn’t completely freezing).  So we headed to Quidi Vidi Gut and started up the path for the Sugarloaf hike.  This hike takes you from Quidi Vidi all the way to Logy Bay, but we only did the first part of the hike, up to the lookout at the top of the stairs.IMG_8796
At the beginning of the hike, it is not easy to determine the exact path to take.  There are a few options it seems, but you can’t really get lost.  By the time you get higher up the hill, the path is more clearly marked.

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The view gets more and more stunning, the higher you climb (perhaps that goes without saying but it seems worth mentioning as we kept stopping to take photos and just soak it all in). The trail has a variety of lovely paths – some sections take you through the trees and other sections are on top of the rocks where you look down on Quidi Vidi, or out towards Cape Spear.

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When we arrived at the top of the staircase, we could even see an iceberg in the distance.  My iPhone camera did not capture that very well, but it was a little extra treat for us!

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We both absolutely loved this trail.  I had done it a couple of years ago, but it was Chris’ first time.  It is his favourite hike so far.

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We want to go all the way to Logy Bay next time, but that will take a little more time and planning to drop a car off at the other end.  Definitely do-able though.  Can’t wait!

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greek traditions

IMG_8464 When dh and I were university students, we traveled to Greece after one of my work terms in Europe.  What we both remember most about the trip, is that every day at sunset, the entire island stopped to watch the sun sink into the sky. IMG_8470 I literally mean everyone.  Tourists and locals alike, all stopped in their tracks for the quick few minutes it took for the sun to disappear. IMG_8480 We love that ritual. There is something so peaceful and calming about it. Hearing the waves crash onto the shore while the sun sets, is even more magical. IMG_8484 It makes you feel so fortunate.  And complete somehow. IMG_8491 Summer is here. IMG_8495

love birds

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Aunt Hilda used to call us love birds. I was 23 when we got married and I was totally and completely over-the-top in love.  We used to have a silent signal to tell each other “I love you” when we were in a crowd. I knew in my heart that we were soul mates – meant to be. Young, silly, sticky sweet love.

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Things have changed. Two children, parenting, career changes and life decisions tends to tone things down just a little. We haven’t used that signal in years. My definition of true love has shifted, over the last 20 years. Now, I am fortunate to witness him be an incredible Dad to his children, a fun playful Uncle to his nieces and nephews and still a loving partner to me. I love how kind he is and thoughtful of others around him. I love that he still makes me laugh and sometimes I am the only one laughing at his jokes.  (Sometimes I am the only one rolling my eyes at his jokes too). Being with him still makes me happy.

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Happy Anniversary to my love.

 

breathtaking view

I was awake early on Sunday morning and I decided to get out of the house before the day got started with kid activities. I grabbed the camera and my Dad’s jacket that I borrowed from him and haven’t returned yet. (The jacket is a blue rain jacket that is perfect for keeping the cold wind away).  I’ll get it back to you soon Dad!

I headed to Fort Amherst.  As I came upon the path towards the lighthouse and caught a glimpse of the bergs, honestly it took my breath away. It sounds so cliche, but in person it is just so stunning!

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It was so therapeutic to be out in the wind, snapping pictures.

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Really I don’t have much to say – the photos pretty much speak for themselves. It was a calm way to spend a Sunday morning. Big happy sigh.

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There were a few other people out enjoying the view.

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Are you tired of hearing me say what a beautiful place this is???

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Good for the soul.

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Happy Sunday.

iceberg quest

My friend and I booked a boat tour last Friday on Iceberg Quest Tours. They are located at Pier 6, near The Keg on the Harbourfront. When we arrived at the Pier, the gorgeous sun and the live onboard music greeted us. We knew it was bound to be an awesome afternoon!

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Taking a boat tour from the St. John’s Harbour, really gives you a new vantage point of the city.  You can see the Basilica, the Rooms, the Courthouse and lots more.

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We went by the Battery, with all the houses built right into the cliff.  We walk through the battery when we do the North Head Trail – it is such an interesting place.  According to the guide on the boat, many artists live in the Battery.

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This photo above was taken as we were just coming up on the narrows.  The rock is called Chain Rock and the story goes that during World War II, there was a big chain and a net of sorts that was strung from Chain Rock to Fort Amherst on the other side of the narrows, to keep the German U-boats out of the harbour.

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When we got out of the narrows far enough we could see this HUGE iceberg right off the coast!  It really is unbelievable when you see these in person!

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See the line going down through the berg?  It looks as though a big piece will crack off. These ice bergs are known as growlers because they make growling noises as they melt and air is released.

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There was quite a swell on and the boat was a rockin’. We really had to hold onto the rail a few times. So when we tried to get a selfie we were having trouble staying upright!

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They are so majestic!  When you are looking at them it is so hard to remember that 90% of the iceberg is underwater!  The boat stayed a safe distance away from the icebergs.

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The teal colour you see just below the water is from the reflection of the sun.

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Huge thanks to Iceberg Quest!   It doesn’t matter if you are a tourist or not, this is something not to be missed if you are in the area!