Friday, August 7, 2009

Ready to be Inundated? Dead Dolphin and more...

This blog is mostly photos...we are having a fantastic time and are in Newfoundland right now. I'll just make a comment for each of the photos because if I write like I usually do it will take WAY too long to go through this blog.
Below is the new friend I made at Lake Erie. I thought he was pretty. (no this is not the dolphin...just you wait...)
We went to the Welland Canal where there was a festival, this was the most memorable part of it...
The best part about Quebec was the food and drink. Tiny got a Cheeseburger Geant and it was...well...Geant...
Tiny and I also really enjoyed the beverages in Quebec...

Yes you can get pop in glass bottles still!

We took a trip to a Highland Village in Nova Scotia where that was really cool. everybody welcomed you in Gaelic. I got about 6 blackfly bites which I thought was kinda nifty...but now a few days later with them still horribly swollen and itchy I find it HORRIBLE. The novelty definitely wore off before the itchiness....

I saw MANY, MANY Spinning Wheels

This next one is so simple I think I might try to make one...

This is the pig who really loved head scritches.

The Ferry to Newfoundland was HORRENDOUS. So bad that I now think BCFerries is the pinnacle of transportation hospitality (yes THAT bad) I won't go into details, but I think their Customer Relations Manager will find the letter I sent her interesting...
This is without a doubt the best fish and chips I have ever had in my ENTIRE life. We got it at a Fish and Chip van (of course) in a place called Sandy Cove. It was halibut and amazing... We stopped on the side of the road to way to St. Anthony and had to cross a...field...expanse...area...covered in low lying evergreens and billions of these berries.

To get to this:

Amazing, eh?

Tiny was pretty excited about the beaver wood her found on the beach.

And then we found this...

Yes my friends that is one dead dolphin, we were downwind when we came upon it so we were very surprised when we stumbled upon the mostly skeletonized creature. Needless to say I was absolutely thrilled and took multiple photos...
I know, I have a rather unnatural fixation with dead things, but a dead dolphin is FREAKING COOL!!!

There were pretty snails.

And LOTS of rocks.
Eventually we finished driving and ended up here: St. Anthony's. Look it up on the map, I am pretty sure we are closer to England than Kamloops right now!

And that's all I have so far, well not even close, but there is only so much time I am willing to spend on the computer during my vacation!
Tomorrow we go to L'Anse Aux Meadows to the Viking Settlement!!!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Kamloops to Penticton to Kelowna to Calgary

So here I am at the Calgary Airport blogging away, it's 11pm local time and I have 2 hours until my connecting flight to Toronto, Tiny is blissfully playing Southpark Pinball.

This morning we got up early to drive to Penticton for Tyson and Nicole's Wedding. Tyson is a very dear friend of ours who moved to China nearly 6 years ago. This is the first time we have seen him since the move and the first time we met Nicole. It was a very nice wedding and we had a great time. They did two outfits, western and chinese which was pretty neat.

I like Nicole very mich, they did this neat thing where you wrote down a question for either Tyson or Nicole and they answered the questions for everybody over the microphone. I asked Nicole if she liked He-Man as much as Tyson and if not, did she pretend to? She answered "who is He-Man? I've only heard of She-Ra, and that's how I knew they were meant to be together.
We flew from Kelowna to Calgary and this was the view from the plan. I tried to get a good photo but plan we too bouncy, so I tried video and it turned out OK.
HOLY CRAP THAT'S A BIG ASS FIRE! Even the air inside the plane was super smokey.
When we got above the clouds this was the view.

Looks like an Air Canada Commercial, eh?