Hug a Newfoundlander

Last week I did some changing to my blog index page to make it a little easier to read (I hope) and to try and freshen things up a bit. For the header, I added a picture of our favorite cook-up/picnic spot. Its one of the many places we enjoyed on this great island of ours this summer. I spent the evening reviewing the hundreds of pictures that we took this summer and now I feel a little sad that the winter has come and therefore fishing, camping, hiking and picnics are at least another 5 months away now.

If you have never been to Newfoundland then I really must insist that you try to visit sometime. No words I could type would even begin to describe the natural beauty that exists here. But if you ever do come to Newfoundland; make sure you let me know so that I can direct you to some of the greatest experiences this place has to offer. Also be sure to bring clothing for all four seasons because you could experience either in the run of a day. Note that the climate here is not one of our greatest selling propositions. However the mountains, whales, birds, icebergs, fishing, and breath-taking sunsets are – so in the end I think its worth it.

Notice how close these big guys will come to shore. (Thanks dad for pic)

This is in Gros Morne National Park where Shane and I went camping for our holidays.

This was our favorite fishing spot – we saw the sun set many evenings from that spot.

This was the view from where we did most of our camping this summer.

Probably the only thing in Newfoundland that surpasses the greatness of its natural beauty is the people that live here. And on that note, I leave you with the following excerpt from an article written by Rick Bell of the Calgary Sun:

The moment you lose your faith in people, I recommend you save up your
pennies and take a trip to Newfoundland. Meet the Newfoundlanders and your
faith will be restored. You will meet total strangers and they will become friends.

You will walk in as an unknown soul and come out with buddies who’ll stand up
for you in any fight. You will hear them laugh at themselves, singing songs and
tell tales. They will take life’s curves with grace and know that being alive is a
whole lot better than being dead. They will treat you for who you are and not
put on phony airs. If you need a hand, you get an army. They will take you in,
buy you a round, make you part of the family and by the time you leave the
Rock, you’ll fall in love with the place. You see, Newfoundlanders are
Newfoundlanders wherever they go.

After all, as John Crosbie once said, you can always tell the
Newfoundlanders in Heaven – they’re the ones who want to go home!

If Your Faith is Sagging, Hug a Newfoundlander!

Rick Bell,
The Calgary Sun

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