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a classically trained chef taking holistic plant-based nutrition on a grand adventure through North America. When I’m not creating in our traveling kitchen, you can usually find me on my yoga mat or a hiking trail.

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Our final explorations in Newfoundland took us south to Blow Me Down.  Interesting name, I know.  It was nice to see the sun and feel some warmth after the chilliness of the Northern Peninsula.  We stayed right off of the Bay of Islands and were impressed by the diverse landscapes of this province.  We hiked to bays, waterfalls and overlooks, we had a silly photo shoot at dusk on a nearby beach and took lots of panoramic photos because the regular frame just wasn't doing the landscape justice.  These were the last few days Walker (one of my brother-in-laws) would be spending with us before we took the ferry back over to the mainland and he flew home from Nova Scotia.  It was so wonderful having the company and getting to share this amazing place with him.  

Adventure on,

Crystal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Mar 21, 2017

 

Travel will always be a big part of who I am.  I’m not exactly sure where this drive came from but it is deeply rooted within me.  My daydreams take me to far away lands and I would spend every penny I had on the adventure of a lifetime (and I almost have many times). 

 

This latest exploration takes us to the northern tip of Newfoundland, where the locals live among moose, whales and polar bears, certain parts of the year. 

 

Even in the summer they get huge icebergs floating down from Greenland (the journey takes two years!!) where they get stuck and melt down to become part of the sea. 

 

It’s a mysterious place with the most welcoming people. 

On our arrival in St. Anthony’s one evening, we were stopped by a local couple who gave us a pin with the town crest on it and to welcome us to their home. 

 

The moose are lined up on the sides of the road at dusk and the minke and humpback whales are feeding along the coast. 

It’s not a place many people visit and taking a whale tour to meet the humpbacks up close and personal is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. The miles they travel every year is so impressive it makes our trip look inconsequential.  

 

For now, I think I should let the pictures tell the story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The adventure never ends,

Crystal

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After an overnight crossing where poor Hudson was stuck in the car below deck, we docked in Channel-Port aux Basques, Newfoundland.  Through the mist and fog we journeyed north to pick up my brother-in-law, Walker; a rerouted traveler who in a stroke of luck (depending on how you look at it) and an extra $300 skipped the overnight ferry ride.

From there we ventured west to Gros Morne National Park and everything we had heard was true.

 

It is an almost magical place with ancient fjords, massive bays, staggering cliffs, sea caves and places where the earth's mantle has been pushed above ground into incredibly unique plateaus.  At night the mist would become so thick I could barely find my way back to our camp.  Pretty eerie yet mystical at the same time.

We saw moose, did headstands in flower full meadows (okay, just me), had wonderful nightly fires (thanks, Walker!), were ever impressed by the astounding beauty, hid from the rain (and got soaked on occasion) while enjoying the company for this part of our adventure.

 

It was interesting to share space after being just Dallas, the husky and I but it was a welcome change and very exciting to have someone in our “guest room.”

 

I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking.  Enjoy!

 

 

Love and magic,

Crystal

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