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Sister Visit + Gros Morne Trip Both a Success

I have been putting off writing most post about Gros Morne for whatever reason. I think I just didn’t want to sort through all of the photos to narrow it down to a select few I liked.

Leslie Saunders, Alex Gibson, and Beth Saunders at Gros Morne National Park- Newfoundland and Labrador

We arrived Friday August 17th at KOA Gros Morne to pouring rain. We had to setup our tent and make a fire to cook dinner on which ended up working out okay with our team of three. The top of the tent is basically a mesh screen without the rain tarp on it so we got a lot of water inside setting it up. As a team we managed to dump most of the water out the front door and wipe up the rest with our towels. We went to bed relatively early this night as we were getting up early to hike the Gros Morne summit.

We woke up around 6:45am (which we did most days because of the sun and what have you). We got ready to go and went down to the store to use their kettle to make some oatmeal. To our disadvantage the store didn’t open for another hour so we thought we would check out the visitor information centre. That too wasn’t opened yet so we decided to make some peanut butter and jam sandwiches and get our food together for the hike.

ARE YOU READY? Gros Morne Summit

We had a good mix of food for the day- PB&J sandwiches, trail mix, fruit and nut bars, apples, and carrot sticks. Alex and I stupidly only brought one water bottle each but we survived. After getting our food and gear together the visitor information centre opened and we made our way in there. We purchased our park pass for the day, got a map and a few brochures and headed for the summit.

The first bit of the hike was pretty leisurely but all the stairs definitely got the heart pumping. It was around 4km in through the woods to the base of the mountain. We stopped at the look outs on the way and took our time making it to the base.

We met other travellers along the way, asked them where they were from and if it had been their first time in Gros Morne.

This photo is VERY deceiving- Gros Morne Mountain

This looks like a tiny hill but it’s really not. We looked at it thinking it wasn’t bad at all until some passers by pointed out the little red people on the mountain. Yeahhhh, it’s A LOT bigger than it looks, I swear!

To the right of the photo is where you actually hike up the mountain itself. It’s pure rock and gets extremely steep in parts. Rocks do slip around as well which can make things hard. We took frequent water breaks going up here. This was by far the most physically demanding part of the hike. The rest of it is pretty straight forward (although still super rocky) but it is really long and more of a mental battle near the end of it.

The hike ended up taking us 12hrs total. It was really difficult for Alex at times and we took things really slow to ensure we were all safe and not exerting ourselves just for prides sake. Once we completed the hike we went back to the campground and lazed around.

Gros Morne Summit- Conquered

We hung out in the “lounge” area of the store for a while when we got back where Leslie charged her phone and went on her tablet and I just crashed on the couch.

We ended up meeting two guys from Ontario who have been travelling around Eastern Canada for the last three to four weeks. They both just graduated from university and had never been out east so they decided to road trip it out here. We hung out with them periodically during our stay- made some food, played cards, and shot the shit.

Water Trike

That Sunday was pouring rain all day. We went and saw Norris Point and Rocky Harbour since we couldn’t really do any intense hikes in the rain. We went to the Bonne Bay Aquarium, a few small museums, and to a local restaurant for food. Once we got back the rain had died off and we decided to rent this sweet gem of a water trike for an hour.

That evening we decided to go to Cow Head to try and see the theatre festival. Unfortunately we arrived 5 mins too late and weren’t allowed in =(. BUT- on the way there I saw my first ever moose! Five years in Newfoundland and had never seen a moose; yes b’y! We ended up grabbing a beer at the hotel next door and ordered some Greco garlic fingers haha. It was a good time considering we missed the show.

I can haz stick bug?

I can haz stick bug?

That next morning we grabbed our things and hit the road for. Our first stop on the way back was this AWESOME insectarium! We stayed there for over 2hrs looking at all the awesome bugs and live displays. The staff there were amazing and we were so pleased with our visit. We couldn’t believe it only cost us $10!!

Alex with his butterfly friend

Alex with his butterfly friend

They have a huge live butterfly exhibit with hundreds of tropical butterflies. They were so gorgeous but it was so hot in there. They all loved landing on my hat. We were told next time we go we have to wear yellow because the butterflies are very attracted to it, apparently. Overall this trip was suuuuper fun and I really wish we could’ve stayed longer. Next time I go I want to see the Tablelands and do the Green Gardens hike. Another visit in the near future is definitely in order! Perhaps next year once I graduate and have no commitments. Buuuut….also no money haha. We shall see what time brings!

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First Blog Post on Verge Magazine

My first blog has been posted on the Verge Magazine website!! I am super excited to get this started. In the post I discuss my upcoming exchange in Prague, Czech Republic and what are some of my pre-Prague thoughts and anticipations! I should be posting every 2-3 weeks and will update here when new posts go up. I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I’ll enjoy writing them and sharing my experience.

Cheers and enjoy =)

Another Great Weekend

Made To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

I had another swell weekend. Friday was really low key, I decided to stay home and start reading the new book I got, Made to Stick.

I’ve been meaning to read this book now but almost a year but I guess haven’t gotten around to it. I had a nice evening reading the first 45 pages of it though!

Saturday I went to a wedding reception with a friend of mine and had a blast. The only wedding I have actually been to was when I was younger and really don’t remember it. I’m getting to that age though where this is going to be pretty common place over the next 10 years. Oh joy. I do enjoy dressing up though, I got to wear a dress I bought on one of those “I don’t know where I’ll ever wear this but I love it too much to pass up” kind of times.

King and I at his friend’s wedding reception

Sunday I spent most of the afternoon lazing in bed watching House and then started packing up my things in the evening. I will be moving my things into storage on August 31st so I’m trying to get as much packed up now while I’m still working so I can just enjoy my last few weeks in town 🙂

Do It With Passion Or Not At All

do it with passion or not at all

So legit.

This is something I believe in whole heartedly. I am not one to half ass things. I won’t commit to something unless I know I’m going to do it right. I can be a bit competitive and often feel the need to prove myself. Although in the past I have often doubted my abilities (which has held me back from testing the waters at times), I have been trying to change my mindset to just give it my all and try. I’m confident enough to know I can at least produce average work, if nothing else.

I just truly believe that when your heart is in something you can do whatever you put your mind to and keep pushing on. I’ve just been thinking a lot lately about how much has changed over the past year, the accomplishments I’ve made, and what I’ve been able to do without putting up barriers in my life.

I’m so excited for the next few months and the challenges I’ll be facing. I know it will be hard at times but I’m a tough cookie, right? I’m so thankful for the amazing people in my life who are constantly positive and believing in me. I love you all, thank you.

I like this one best =)

14. STOP PROCRASTINATING YOUR TRIP ABROAD. YOUR CHANCES OF TAKING A LONG VACATION ABROAD DIMINISH AS YOU BECOME MORE SET IN YOUR WAYS AND AS YOU GAIN MORE RESPONSIBILITY.

@#%^*&()*&^%#$@*&)(_(*%^$#@!$*&(^&^$#%$!!!!!!!!

CAN’T.CONTAIN.EXCITEMENT!!! Good news today, can’t officially discuss it but I should be able to on Thursday. Ugghhh, just found out I can’t discuss it until late August; the specific date I don’t know. BUT. I did find out that the Google Online Marketing Challenge I did in my Digital Marketing class, my team finished with a ‘strong’ campaign and we are in the top 15% of contestants GLOBALLY! Yeehaw!

I submitted my work term report today and then amazing news tonight. I’m so high on life. Things are coming together, great things are happening, my friends and family are amazing, and I’m going on the experience of a lifetime in just over a month. I LOVE MY LIFE!!!

The World Is Yours

Make it what you can.

Jam Packed Weekend of Fun in Newfoundland

This was a solid weekend! I really wish I had taken some pictures though, how dumb of me not to!

I started off the weekend with the Newfoundland Folk Festival Friday night with my friend John. John is up visiting for the week and I haven’t seen him in a year so it was great to spend the evening with him. I went down around 7:30pm and we spent most of the night in the beer tent but made sure we went out for the Dardanelles for a scuff (Newfie word for a dance). This is an old song of theirs and some of the band members have since changed but the amount of new stuff on YouTube is limited!

After the folk festival we went down to Smoke’s Poutinerie which only opened here a few weeks ago. I got the veggie nacho poutine. It has jalapenos, guacamole, salsa, and sour cream. It sounds disgusting but I swear it was delicious. After that we went for a pint at the Duke of Duckworth and then headed home.

The next day I was invited to go out on my friend’s boat! We were going to go water skiing but just ended up tubing. I dislocated my shoulder 1.5 months ago and I was nervous to try the water skiing anyway so I was content with just the tubing. It was a fantassstic day for the boat though. Minimal wind, clear blue skies, and was super warm and sunny. We stopped at Dick’s Fish and Chips on Bell Island for a feed and a beer and then headed back to shore. Afterwards we went to a fire on the beach and hung out with some friends. It was a great time!

Today I have just been catching up on Mad Men and taking it easy. Made a pretty deadly stir fry for supper though. Now for more Mad Men!

Homemade Chicken Veggie Stir Fry

Homemade Chicken Veggie Stir Fry