Five reasons why Newfoundland is awesome.

Hello, Internet, it’s Monday, October 25th, and, to be honest, I have been in a one-track-mind way since last time.

I did manage to go to Corner Brook for Shannon’s funeral, though, and it has driven me to make this list.

Five reasons why Newfoundland (specifically the part of Newfoundland that isn’t in St. John’s) is awesome:

1 – It is (expletive-of-your-choice)-ing BEAUTIFUL. No, really. If I had brought my camera (I intentionally left it at home, because funerals are not photo-ops) I would show you what we drove through yesterday and today.  Mountains, rivers, lakes, trees, ocean… so much of it untouched.  I mean… wow. If you have not been here, you should make that happen.

2 – The entrepreneurial spirit of rural Newfoundlanders is astounding.  How many independent bakery/craft shops did we drive past, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. Tons. At least one per highway-bound community.  Some of them are bakery/restaurant/craft shops.  Some of them sell ice cream.  In Shoal Bay, Fogo Island, there is a bakery/craft shop/restaurant/art gallery/gym. I’m not even kidding.

3 – There really is the best skiing this side of the Rockies in Steady Brook. Really.

4 – The west coast of Newfoundland is an outdoorsy person’s paradise. There is rock climbing, ice climbing, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, spelunking, hiking, etc etc etc. And it’s all about 5 minutes out of wherever you live.

5 – How to describe a community so well-knit…  Who band together in a kind of permanence that shows itself in times of great joy and great sadness, at weddings, births of children, and funerals.  Who will, if they can, drive across the province or fly in from away to be together when it is most important – and, if they can’t, will band together in other places to be together with the others who are also “away”.  Who organize “hugfests” and benefit concerts and casual but completely blocked gatherings to remember all of the happiest, funniest times when we need to be reminded to laugh.

I am so lucky.