When I pretended I liked the outdoors // Newfoundland

This past summer, my family took a 3 week, 5,000 mile journey to Newfoundland. Many people asked my family the simple question of Why? Well, I don’t think any of us have a good answer! My family loves going on road trips. Due to having so many siblings (6 others!) we tend to drive everywhere instead of flying. I’ve been to every continental state (just need to visit Alaska and Hawaii!) and about half of the provinces of Canada.

In the summer of 2012, while I was studying abroad in Germany, my family came over for 7 weeks and we traveled to about 10-15 different countries via a stick-shift van. I promise that one of these days I’ll write a post about that although it might take about a month’s worth of posts to do the vacation justice. To say that it was a trip of a lifetime would be an understatement.

Newfoundland, Canada via Wayfaring With Wagner
Newfoundland, Canada via Wayfaring With WagnerMy family had this ingenious idea to try to replicate that vacation this past summer and go to Newfoundland. For some reason, we have always wanted to go to Newfoundland. We had this fantasy that we would eat non-stop lobster, see icebergs, and kayak with whales. Unfortunately we timed everything wrong. Lobster season ended a week before we arrived. All the icebergs had melted two weeks before. And we only saw one measly whale! As my dad said, “The scenery was great, the people were fantastic, the food sucked.”

Newfoundland, Canada via Wayfaring With WagnerMy family has this problem with being too ambitious about vacations. We tend to plan wayyyyy too much and spend most of the time driving instead of actually exploring. It took 3-4 days just to get to Newfoundland (including the 7 hour ferry ride to get onto the island). Furthermore, we didn’t know Newfoundland had super high winds. I literally thought our motorhome we rented was going to fly off the side of the road!

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Newfoundland, Canada via Wayfaring With WagnerNewfoundland, Canada via Wayfaring With WagnerWe started out the trip in Baddeck, Nova Scotia. I couldn’t get over the blue skies, clear water, and that gorgeous lighthouse!

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Newfoundland, Canada via Wayfaring With Wagner
Newfoundland, Canada via Wayfaring With Wagner
Newfoundland, Canada via Wayfaring With WagnerThis is Signal Hill in St. John’s, the site of the final battle of the Sevens Year War in North America.

Newfoundland, Canada via Wayfaring With WagnerThe colorful houses in downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland. It reminds me of the houses in San Francisco or Reykevik!

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Guys, how adorable are my parents?! Seriously, I can’t get over them!

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Newfoundland, Canada via Wayfaring With Wagner Newfoundland, Canada via Wayfaring With WagnerCape Spear, most eastern point in all of North America! Above is the gun battery from WWII at Cape Spear.

Newfoundland, Canada via Wayfaring With WagnerI tried lobster (again)…I still don’t like it…but it is so pretty!

Newfoundland, Canada via Wayfaring With Wagner Newfoundland, Canada via Wayfaring With WagnerNewfoundland, Canada via Wayfaring With WagnerSee that piece of metal in the first picture (and behind me in the above picture)? That’s the SS Ethie shipwreck. Also, I’m super impressed at my jump ;)

Newfoundland, Canada via Wayfaring With WagnerOnly a bit windy at Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse ;)

Newfoundland, Canada via Wayfaring With WagnerIf I were to go back to Newfoundland, I would definitely spend the majority of the time in St. John’s. It was such an awesome city and there was so much to do. We thought the small, coastal towns of Newfoundland would be super adorable but they were kind of dingy! However, the scenery was absolutely breath-taking!

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  • I’ve always thought Newfoundland would be an interesting place to experience! Beautiful!
    I grew up in Alaska and ate a lot of crab and LOVE it, but I am not a fan of lobster either.
    And I love road trips!! What a fun way to travel with your family!

    • Ahhh…I LOVE crab!!! So jealous you grew up in Alaska…the only two states I need to visit are Alaska and Hawaii and then I will have been to all 50 states. We’ve always talked about a family road trip to Alaska…we will see whether it ever happens! :)

  • Wow, your family really seems to consist of some hardcore roadtrippers! ;) I would love to read about that Eurotrip some time! :) I spent a year in Alberta as an Exchange Student during High School and it took me such a long time to figure out what people were talking about when they said ‘Newfoundland’ because I pronounced it totally different in my head! Everything I’ve seen about this province so far, though, has been incredible – the nature looks really beautiful! :)

    • hahaha…how did you pronounce it? I used to pronounce it “New-fin-lin” and found out the proper way is “New-fin-land”! I think I need to eventually start a series on my family’s trip to Europe. It was wild and crazy and people don’t believe our stories. Plus, I forgot to mention that everyone in my family (females included) are over 5’10” (178 cm) except me…so we all stick out!!!

  • I thought I’d say hi because I just came across your blog for the first time and it’s cool to see that you’ve been to Newfoundland! I’m originally from St. John’s, and am living here again for the next little while, but it’s nice to come across a blogger who has been here!

    • Awwww I LOVED St. John’s!!! What a great city :) My family and I wished we had stayed longer in St. John’s because everyone was so nice/friendly and the scenery was amazing! yay! Can’t wait to check out your blog :) xo