And Then There Were Three…

Through this blog we have posted entires and photos of our journeys from our life in Seoul to our new life here in Mount Pearl. We have let you all see some of our travels from Cambodia to Singapore. We are now officially on a new journey as of last Thursday. Our latest adventure is parenthood. Our little girl was born on Thursday and since then we have been wrist-deep in diapers, spent hours rocking and have been obsessed with a feeding schedule. This blog will now involve the adventures of the three of us.

My Canada Day Photo Tribute

Today (July 1st), is Canada’s birthday. Today the country I call home is 145 years old. I decided to skim through my photo albums and find photos that had my country’s flag in it. I’ve posted the photos below as a tribute to my home country and the nation that gave the world peanut butter, snowmobiles, gas masks, basketball, IMAX, insulin and of course, ice hockey.

Have a Happy Canada Day wherever you find yourself on planet Earth.

Cape Spear, Newfoundland

Cirque du Soleil Tent, Seoul, South Korea

Outside of COEX Mall, Seoul, South Korea

JSA Museum, Korean DMZ

Niagara Falls

United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Busan, South Korea

 

Walking Around Branscombe’s Pond

I’ve been scouring the internet lately in an effort to find things in my area to explore and blog about. One of the things I’ve mentioned in a previous blog is the vast amount of hiking/walking opportunities there are in Newfoundland. So, there was no wonder when I came across a website that lists all the hiking/walking trails in my area. One of these trails is around Branscombe’s Pond here in Mount Pearl and just a five minute drive from my residence. 

The pond is not a large pond and the trail around it is very short. Which is prefect when your pregnant wife needs some exercise, but doesn’t want to overdo it. 

The trail brings you along a boardwalk around the edge of the pond, and through the woods on the other side of the pond. 

Hopefully as the summer weather improves, I’ll get a chance to get out and explore the other paths that are in my area. Expect more hiking posts to come. 

Here is a website that lists all of the trails in my area. According to the website, there are about 125km of trails ready to be strolled on. 

http://www.grandconcourse.ca/default.asp

Hiking to Maddox Cove, Newfoundland

I’m finally back on my blog after a a time of transition. We recently moved into our new place in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and between shopping for furniture, hanging pictures and waiting over a week for our internet to be connected, we have been quite busy. I hope to continue to put up posts of our travels to the places we have been. 

Newfoundland is a great place if you love the outdoors. This island on the east coast of Canada has about half a million people and just about as many moose. The island is chocked full of areas waiting to be explored. One of the best ways to do this is to pack a lunch, water, and put on your hiking shoes. Which is exactly what I did yesterday.

I was invited by a friend to go on a young adult hike that was being organized between a few churches. The hike is a part of the East Coast Trail system which boasts hundreds of kilometers of trails to be trekked on. Our particular route would take us along the coast from Cape Spear to Maddox Cove. This is an easy to moderate hike of about 10 kms.

Even though most of the trail was flat and easy going, it went along the edge of the cliffs. If you decided to get too close to the side or slipped, you would definitely be in for a long drop with a painful thud to follow.

Newfoundland has often been nicknamed the “Rock” and though I sometimes don’t agree with this description, I can see how the name came to be. The rugged coastline that can be seen around the island is not full of sandy beaches, but rocky beauty.

These two rocks caught my eye. They seem to be posing as they sit there on the shoreline. There is actually a smaller rock tucked underneath the rock on the left.

This was near the end of our hike. Our destination in plain view. Our lunches had been consumed, water had been downed,shoes well worn in, and a good long hike was under our belts. If you want to explore Newfoundland, you need to get off the pavement and onto the beaten trails.

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.

Visiting the Easternmost Point in North America

If you have been following this blog you know that we have recently moved from Seoul, South Korea, the city where we had been living for 6 years. What you may be wondering is where are we now? We are in the furtherest east you can go in Canada at the moment. In fact, I recently went to the easternmost point in all of North America (excluding Greenland). A place called Cape Spear.

It’s a great place to watch ships leave and enter St. John’s harbor. It’s also a great lookout spot for icebergs.

Cape Spear has some great trails, but beware: there are a lot of cliffs. This fence won’t stop you if you fall!

My good friend and old roommate, Matt took me out there to experience the views.

The lighthouse is the second-oldest in the province and dates back to 1834. It has since been named a Canadian Historic Site and is open to the public at certain times of the year.

There are cliffs everywhere and if you are not careful, you could really hurt yourself, but if you stay on the paths, you should be fine. There are even stairs at certain points.

This photo illustrates why you should stay on the marked paths.

The shoreline is rocky, yet beautiful. A great place to see the mighty ocean waves crashing upon the rocks.

Canada truly begins here if you start in Newfoundland and head west. Canada also ends here if you start in BC and head east.

The cape was also used during the Second World War. Portions of the underground bunkers can be explored by tourists. It is a little eery, but a great perspective on how the soldiers lived as they were stationed here.

So, this is where we are right now. In the easternmost province in Canada. It’s quite a big difference from the Asian metropolis of Seoul! If you are ever out here, maybe I can bring you to the furthest east you can go in North America besides Greenland.