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.
My 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.”
My 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!
If 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!