Saturday, June 28, 2014

Manuel's River

Today we went to Manuel's River to walk along the river.  It started out a little overcast, but ended up being a blue sky with lots of sun.  The walking trails were well kept and it was easy walking for all of us.  Reagan even managed the 3ish miles of walking with only a few piggy back rides at the end.  There were a lot of spots to stop and let the kids throw rocks in the water and explore.  There was one spot that had been washed away and was perfect for the kids to climb up it.  It was a very steep slope, but they all managed (minus Reagan) and had fun getting dirty.  Trilobite fossil's  had been found here so Nathan was on a mission to try to find one, unfortunately, no luck!  There is a small museum that you can pay to walk through and a gift shop, but we just did the walk, which was plenty!!  The museum sits in the middle of the walking trails, and we took the trail downstream toward the ocean. 

In search of a trilobite

Looking at the ocean and river meeting

Having a snack on the beach

Throwing rocks

Friday, June 27, 2014


For about 1-2 weeks in June fish called Capelin will swim onto the shores to spawn and the locals collect them to eat.  We had heard that they were spawning now and we should go check it out, so we did.  Unfortunately they were not just laying all over the beach to be picked.  The tide was not high enough so the fish were not being brought in enough.  There was a man there that had a cast net and he was pulling them in and dumping them on the shores for anyone to pick some.  The kids had a good time picking at the fish and putting them in the bucket.  We were told to cook them you just leave them whole, no gutting or cleaning.  Just bread them and fry them, with the heads on.  You can also smoke them, salt them, or bake them to a consistency of a jerky.  We opted for the fried version but Paul did clean them and cut off their heads.  They were not bad, need more lemon, but for fish they were pretty good.  Paul, Nathan and I were the only ones that tried them and Nathan said they tasted a lot like trout, but a little more fishy. 
Sea Gull enjoying the fish


Our fisherman wearing shorts and in the water, COLD!!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


We have been told that if you go kayaking out to see the icebergs, that you should not get too close as they can flip and fall apart.  This iceberg was one whole berg on June 12 but this morning we went to look at it again and it had broken apart. 
All in one piece (taken on a sunny day)

part one (cloudy day)

part two (cloudy day)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Salmonier Nature Park

Salmonier Nature Park provides wildlife rehab, research and environmental monitoring.  They have a small museum with different animal furs, taxidermy, antlers, and other misc. information on native animals and the local environment.  The animals that they are not able to rehabilitate they keep at the park in enclosures.  While there we saw moose, bald eagles, snow owl, peregrine falcon, caribou, wild squirrels, and a brown bunny.  The kids had a good time walking around and trying to find the animals in the enclosures, some were more elusive than others. 

Snow Owl



Bald Eagles

moose, but we think it looks like a donkey with no antlers

Great Horned Owl

Wild squirrel

Snow Shoe hare

After the park we stopped in Holyrood at one of the rocky beaches to let the kids have a snack and just enjoy some sun.  It was a nice afternoon to be out and just enjoy the day.


Saturday, June 7, 2014


This week Nathan was asked to play on the grade 6 baseball for a weekend tournament.  They had too many kids for 1 team and not enough for 2 teams.  So some of the grade 5 boys were asked to play on the team.  Nathan agreed and we played 4 games in 3 days.  They lost all 4 games, but had a good time playing.  Nathan played really well and hit the ball right over the middle every time, unfortunately they were not high enough so a few of them were caught and he was out.  It was a fun way to spend the weekend and kept us busy so no one was bored!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Rotary Sunshine Park

The past 2 weekends we have gone to Rotary Sunshine Park for a hike and for fishing.  The first weekend we walked around one of the ponds and then walked over to the second pond to have a snack on the dock while the kids tried to catch these little fish called "pricklies", not sure what the real name is, but they are similar to a minnow in size and have spikes that will prick you if you are not careful.  The kids also dipped their toes in the water to cool off.  It was a nice outing.

The second weekend we brought the fishing gear and tried to catch some trout.  NO luck!!  Not even a nibble.  I take that back Nathan did catch one baby trout that fit in the palm of his hand, it was returned to the water to grow.  We finally walked over to the beach area and the kids enjoy catching pricklies and getting wet.  the water was cold, but the kids did not mind.  It was nice to just sit in the sun while the kids run wild and have fun.

Nathan did catch a baby trout