Well friends, summer is winding down and coming to a close here in my part of the world. That means there are only two weekends left before school starts. So maybe I should get at that back to school shopping list for the kids. I think I'm more excited than they are! I have to work quickly with my two girls. They aren't shoppers. I have to choose stores wisely starting with the ones most likely to have clothing they want. They soon tire and all is lost!! LOL
While it felt like the summer just flew by and we didn't get a lot of adventuring in, I did cross off most of my summer bucket list items. I think we did pretty good considering we had just two weeks holidays and weekends in which to family things. Plus we had to contend with the weather as well. But I must say. August has been beautiful here! Lots of hot, humid, sunny days.
While in St. John's for our two night excursion, we did save some money. We had one night (of two) free at the hotel we stayed at that I had won a few months ago. Also, this hotel has a pool and free breakfast. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice, milk, cold cereal, yogurt, fruit, bread, bagels, muffins, eggs, etc. Let's just say that you would have to be awfully picky to go away hungry. They also have a Keurig machine in each hotel room (yay me!!) and coffee down in the lobby in the evening (yay me!!). We also brought some snacks and drinks with us as there is a small fridge in the hotel room as well.
We went back to The Rooms so that our older daughter could check it out. We went on a Wednesday evening after 6 pm as most Wednesday's have free admission from 6:00-9:00 pm. Although we may have to go back because our daughter liked to read any information next to each exhibit and spent so much time at each exhibit that she didn't see everything. There is so much Newfoundland art, history and culture in one building that you need several hours to take it all in. Plus, some of the exhibits change from time to time. I am sure we will be back again soon.
Earlier that day we went to the Johnson Geo Centre which has science exhibits that go from outer space to beneath the earths crust. All of the exhibits were actually underground and we took an elevator to get there. The subjects included The Titianic, Oil and Gas, Rocks, Weather, and Space. There was also a beautiful walking trail outside which my kids didn't feel like walking along, because they didn't want to walk. LOL
Let's see. We also got to Signal Hill, Cape Spear and hiked the Skerwink Trail this summer. You can see photos in earlier blog posts. While on our St. John's mini vacay, we also went to Fort Amherst and walked around downtown and on the waterfront. From out at Fort Amherst you could see Cape Spear and the open ocean in one direction, looking back you could see St. John's Harbour, and across the other side of the harbour was Signal Hill and what is called The Battery.
We didn't see any icebergs or whales close up. And we didn't get to Twillingate/Fogo Island so we will add that one to next summer's buckets list along with Gros Morne National Park and L'Anse Aux Meadows (which has a discovered Viking settlement). Both are National Historic Sites of Canada and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
I won't be posting next week. So much to do with organizing and getting the kids prepared for school. Also, planning our last weekend camping on Labour Day long weekend. And maybe taking a few pictures while soaking up the last of the summer sun. I'll be back in two weeks with (hopefully) a specific day of the week chosen for my posts so I can get into the habit of a regular schedule and get down to business with my blog, writing and photography. Did I mention that if you sign up for my newsletter, you will receive a digital download of one of my photos that you can save for your own personal use? The sign up is at the bottom of the page. I hope you all had or are still having a wonderful summer. Did you cross anything off your summer bucket list? If so, what was it? Come back soon and see the view from where I am...