To Middle Cove Beach We Go

Living on an island has its advantages. One of the biggest is the ability to be on a beach or a cliff, overlooking the ocean within hours, or in our case within 15 minutes. Yesterday, we headed out to the beach in Middle Cove. The town of Middle Cove is about a 10 minute drive outside of the capital city of St. John’s. The beach is a popular place for people to enjoy the Sunshine while looking out at the waves of the mighty Atlantic Ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being this close to the ocean makes me grateful that I live on an island. The ability to be standing on the shores of the Atlantic within minutes is something to be very thankful for.

Have you been to the ocean lately?

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Ultimate Chafe Burger

A couple posts ago I wrote about the scenic hike I took with a few others from Cape Spear to Maddox Cove on the east coast of Newfoundland. After our hike we went to the nearby town of Petty Harbour to eat at Chafe’s Landing. The restaurant is located in what is the oldest house in the community. It was built in 1878 by Edward Chafe who was a fisherman in Petty Harbour.

The menu is mostly made up of seafood, from clams to mussels to cod, but it also has some burger choices. One of these is the Ultimate Chafe Burger. This burger is your typical burger with a hefty 8 oz. beef patty, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles. The “Ultimate” part is in the bun. The chef has done away with the typical bun and has replaced it with two grilled cheese sandwiches. Yes, a burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches.

Lucky for me someone had the nerve, or in this case the “guts,” to order and devour the Ultimate Chafe Burger along with a side of fries.  I was able to get a snapshot of this unique burger. Oh, and he said it was good. I must admit, it does look delicious.

For more information on Chafe’s Landing, please check out their website: http://www.chafeslanding.com/index.html

What’s the most unique burger you have ever eaten or seen?

Old Buildings in Port Union, Newfoundland

Once again, I have to apologize for my absence. We are in the middle of moving, so we are packing, surfing the classifieds and traveling to our new destination.

I have been enjoying taking photos around Newfoundland. It seems that around every corner there is something worth taking a photo of. The photos in this post are from a small town called Port Union. As you can tell by its name, it is a union town. In fact, it is one of the few union built towns in North America. The town was built between 1916-1921 by the Fisherman’s Protective Union and their first leader, Sir William Ford Coaker.

The community has begun a restoration project to bring back some of the town’s former glory. In the summer time these buildings are a tourist attraction. The buildings I chose to take photos of have not been restored as of yet. I am somewhat drawn to old, delapitated structures and their peeling paint, and that’s why I took some shots of these old buildings. I plan on returning to Port Union in the summer and checking out some of the restored buildings. If you would like to check out how this community is bringing their historic past back to life, please check out www.historicportunion.com.

Stroll in Stanhope, Newfoundland

We took a little stroll after dinner the other day. Just down past my inlaws’ place, along a small highway. They live in a small town called Stanhope, Newfoundland.

I must say, it’s nice to be so close to the ocean again after 6 years inland in Seoul.

Some people have the pleasure to wake up next to the ocean everyday. I’m a city guy myself, but I can see why people would like it.

This little gem of a stream was directly across the highway from the ocean. The white patches by the trees is in fact snow. Yes, it’s still somewhat cold here.

Not bad scenery for a little evening stroll. Especially when these beautiful views are just five minutes from where you’re staying.

From a Train to a Dungeon in Bonavista

Some of you may be wondering where we currently are. Well, we are in Canada. More specifically we are in Canada’s most easternly province called Newfoundland and Labrador. The island portion of the province is called Newfoundland and it sits at the most easterly point in North America. One of the most scenic towns in Newfoundland is Bonavista, which was the landing point for John Cabot some 500 years ago.

Though it may look pretty bleak in winter, in summer the town comes alive with tourists, B&Bs, craft shops and museums.

One of the draws of Bonavista is the high chances of seeing an iceberg. These giant moving pieces of ice float down from the frigid Arctic and past Newfoundland on their journey south. The iceberg in the picture above is quite small by icebergs standards and I will share a photo of a larger one in a future blog post.

Fishing still makes up part of the workforce in the town. While we were taking photos on the wharf, a number of fisherman were preparing their vessels for the upcoming season. These boats are as colorful as the town itself and have some very unique names.

The trains haven’t been in operation on the island for decades. This train is on display in the town and gives tourists and locals a chance to look into the past.

Dungeon Provincial Park in Bonavista is centered around the dungeon itself. Here the ice-cold waters of the Atlantic flow in through caves to an opening on the inside. On this day we were lucky enough to see some large pieces of ice floating through the caves as well.

The views from the park are of the rugged coastline and the Atlantic ocean.

Bonavista is a great town to visit, especially in Summer. From the colorful boats and houses to the mighty icebergs, its also a great place for taking photos.