Thursday, June 19, 2014

Betcha don't have one of these down the road...

It's iceberg season! Yayyyy!

I look forward to this every year. I'm pretty sure everyone in Newfoundland does, actually. How can you not get excited about these majestic, ancient chunks of ice that find their way into our backyards?! Some people might think that after seeing a few, you've seen them all... but that is so not true. From April to June, you never know when you're going to take a drive around town & spot a giant white spot in the water.

This berg here is literally just down the street from my house. I'm not even lying. Drive down to the other end of our street (the main street in this city) and, bam! Giant, magnificent ice beast!

And for the grand finale? Awwww yeahhhh. Now that is amazing.

Just kidding... I'm not done. Let's have a little blast from the past, way back to my first year in Newfoundland. I'll take you on a little journey back to 2008 when I was a leader of an awesome national youth leadership program called Katimavik. (Unfortunately, the gov't has sinced axed this amazing program that helped shape young people into awesomer older people...)

Part of the mandate of this national program, aside from learning relevant life skills, practicing a second language, and learning about our country's cultures, was to explore the province. I once had a participant put her feet in the ocean for the very first time in my presence; how cool (& bizarre) is that?! Anyway, one weekend we took a road trip to see more of the province. We visited some small towns &, lo and behold, we came across icebergs... the first icebergs of all of our lives! Holy smokes, was it ever exciting! And seeing tiny outport communities was a first for each of us, which left us almost equally awestruck.

Here I am, little ole me with a crap load of super old ice. These are known as "bergy bits" around these parts... the little chunks of ice that follow icebergs around like little groupies. But look up - that's a massive berg in the background! Whoaaa!

While I'm a total city girl, I absolutely love visiting the small communities throughout this province. I don't do it enough. I get stuck in city stuff... like sitting on the couch, watching countless hours of Orange is the New Black... But really, though.,where are you going to see scenes like this? 

Visiting more of the outports is on my to-do list. I'll be back with picks... if I ever get off the couch long enough.


livliveslife said...

That is such an amazing sight! Definitely not something everyone gets to see. Thanks for sharing!

Southern Komfort Blog said...

This is so neat! I've never seen an iceberg so this definitely on my bucket list of things to do and see. Happy Friday!

Alyson McMahon said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing. That is amazing. What a cool thing to get to see. And, how gorgeous are they?! Can't wait to show my kids.

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

SO gorgeous! Wow!

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