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Vacation in Newfoundland, Part II

So many pictures!

Our campground was across the highway from Deer Lake (the lake), which is huge.  On this day, we visited the lake beach in the morning (in Pasadena) and then again on the other end of the lake in the town of Deer Lake.

These are all pics from the Pasadena beach.  It was a really calm, hazy morning.  I love the way these pictures turned out.

IMG_5786Sophie hung out with us for part of the day, which was fun.  She is super attentive to Eleanor and good with the kids in general so it was nice to hang with her.  IMG_5795The water was so cold.  A lady we chatted with said that the lake was still frozen solid enough to walk across in mid-May.  Something tells me that had something to do with it!

But kids are kids and they still had a great time splashing around.
IMG_5790IMG_5775 IMG_5772One of my favorite days of the trip was when hubby took off to golf with the groomsmen and amanda’s family and I got to hang with the kids most of the day.

We did a little hike right in Cornerbrook that took us to a nice view of the city.  Oliver manned the camera during that little hike.

IMG_5810We spent much of the rest of the day in the Margaret Bowater park.  It has a pond with swans, hiking trails, a huge playground that the kids loved.  Then we went to a section of the park that I knew had a canteen for lunch and a swimming area.
IMG_5921 IMG_5922It turns out the natural swimming area was a section of the Humber River that they dam up every day and supervise.  There is a deep end, a shallower end, and the kiddie area.  So cool!  The water was almost as cold as Deer Lake, but the kids splashed around for quite a while.  IMG_5935 I thought the river swim seemed so “Newfoundland” for some reason.  IMG_5946I got no pictures at all of our last day in town because it was wedding day and I was wrangling three kids for most of the day while Brian did groomsmen stuff… putting up tents, pictures, etc, etc.  It was a lovely wedding (even in spite of the rain and the 12 degree weather!) and a nice reception and we did get this one picture of us all dressed up for the occasion (though eleanor does not look too happy to be there!).
DSC_0519It was another long day traveling back home but we managed.  It was so nice to spend time with family and to do it in such a beautiful place.  The Martells are not done with Newfoundland yet!


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Vacation in Newfoundland 2015, Part I

A couple of weeks ago we traveled to Newfoundland!  Todd was getting married so we decided to go early and make our family vacation out of it.

Look how happy we are waiting to board the ferry!  We had to be there two hours early so there was a lot of waiting in the parking lot, then waiting on the boat, then waiting while they pulled the ferry out, turned it around, and backed into the dock so they could load some wide vehicles or something.  Finally we got moving and then… the 6 hour boat ride started.  Phew.  We were a little more frazzled at the end of the boat ride than we look in this pic.

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Ferry boat pics:  sane and silly!

IMG_20150707_114537 IMG_20150707_114559Go fish helped pass the time, as did chasing around a nearly-two-year-old, coloring, watching videos, snacking, going to the sun deck, going to the side decks… each for 10 mins at a time (excepting chasing the nearly-two-year-old, which was pretty much constant).
IMG_20150707_141336 We stayed in Pasadena, between Deer Lake and Cornerbrook.  The only good pic of the lovely cabins includes this lovely model.  IMG_5718One afternoon we traveled a long and winding road from Cornerbrook to Blow Me Down Provincial Park.
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The hiking trail was not long but it had a LOT of stairs.

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The view of the Blow Me Down mountains was well worth it, despite the rain.  And for the record, the mountains are aptly named (it was soooo windy up there!).

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On the way down we took a slightly different trail that led to the Governor’s Showcase, a really cool bunch of rocks that overhang the staircase.  IMG_5755

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On the next day we spent the day in Gros Morne National Park.  The last time Brian and I were here we hiked THE Gros Morne (and someday we will again) but this time we did family-friendly activities.  We hiked the Berry Hill trail first.  IMG_20150709_112238

IMG_20150709_113426We looked on the map and picked a picnic table to have a BBQ lunch at.  Little did we know we would be pulling into this beauty of a spot (near one end of the Coastal Trail)!  IMG_20150709_121250 It was a great spot for a quick lunch!  IMG_20150709_122727 It was a great spot for throwing rocks and combing for treasures, too.IMG_20150709_125106

DSC_0290 IMG_20150709_130155After that, we headed to Norris Point, another beautiful spot with mountains towering all around.  IMG_20150709_134934 Here they have a little research marine center where they have a touch tank and all sorts of ocean life that you can check out in their aquariums.

I have to say that the boys are both curious, but Emery is the braver of the two when it comes to this stuff (hence Oliver chewing on his knuckles).  IMG_20150709_135848 We saw all sorts of crazy things but this lobster was BLUE!  Apparently one in 3 million are born without the pigments that make their shells red.  Who knew.  IMG_20150709_144357This is another shot on the way down to Norris Point.  This would be a really fun place to kayak.  And check out the snow still in the mountains!

IMG_20150709_150156 On the way out of the park, we did a quick hike to Southeast Brook Falls.  The falls were impressive but you couldn’t really see much from the trail.  IMG_20150709_161857 IMG_20150709_162208

So many pictures… more to come!


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Peggy’s Cove

Last week, before heading on vacation, we went spent the morning visiting Peggy’s Cove and hiking the High Head trail in Prospect with the Hills.  It was a hot sunny morning, perfect for both.  
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Lovely day, lovely weather, lovely company!


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Around the Pool

Summer finally made it.

We’ve been in the pool before now (or rather, a week and a half ago when these pics were taken), but finally it is consistently warm enough every day that we are getting the most out of it.

IMG_5631IMG_5608The boys love to jump!  Oliver was swimming quite well last year but didn’t go far without his life jacket.  This year he is jumping in without his life jacket (though he has one on here) and is swimming across the pool.

IMG_5609 IMG_5611When I took these pictures, Emery was mostly too scared to take his life jacket off.  Then we went on vacation and, very suddenly, he started swimming under the water!  He goes several feet completely under the water but, oddly, he still says he will sink if he swims on top of the water.   It’s a great boost to his confidence.  He feels so proud of himself.
IMG_5623 The boys love it and it turns out Eleanor loves the water too (which we have to watch very closely at this point).  IMG_5629 Yay for summer!