Valley, The Lookoff & Cape Split

Today (well as it is after midnight technically it was yesterday) Edward and I hiked Cape Split in Scott’s Bay, Nova Scotia. It is 8 km each way out and back which turns out to be a 4-5 hour hike. It took us 4 hours and roughly 15 minutes. It was a beautiful but exhausting walk/hike. Neither of us had ever done it before. We love walking and hiking but have only every really done easy ones. This is classified by the provincial park system as a moderate hike. Now I know why. Wow was it ever long!

We started out at a place called The Lookoff which was on the road to Cape Split. I have taken pictures there before but not for a long time. You can see the whole Annapolis Valley from The Lookoff.

Next we drove on to Cape Split, we had some sandwiches and pop and chips that we brought with us as a picnic lunch in the car before we set out. There was no picnic tables out yet or we would have sat outside. We started out walk at 2:45 PM.

The trail went through a very woodsy area which was nice and cool and blocked out most of the sun. The weather wasn’t all that hot anyways. Only about 13°C and sunny which was perfect weather for a hike. We made sure to bring along sweaters with us and I had a windbreaker/raincoat as well.

I need to take photography lessons

I haven’t had a chance to edit the photos yet. I was playing around with some camera settings and most of the photos the white balance is off and they look really washed out or the color is off. I am sure I can somewhat fix them in Photoshop but haven’t had the time to try.

I took the day off tomorrow but am going to Digby so I doubt I’ll have time. On the weekend I’ll try. I’m going to bring my camera with me to Digby tomorrow as we are heading to Yarmouth as well. Not sure I’ll get much pictures as I am going with my mom to a workshop for Victoria’s quilts but I’m brining it anyways. I reset the camera back to factory defaults

I need to sign myself up for some photography courses or something. I have a decent eye and can take good shots but I’ll be the first to admit my camera has a lot more settings and a lot more to it them my old one and other then shooting this on pre set settings I don’t really know what I’m doing. Even some free online tutorials should help.

Kejimkujik Seaside Park Part 1

So with spring finally here and Eddie and I both having the day off tomorrow I am planning a special trip to Kejimkujik Seaside Park in Port Joli, NS for tomorrow. We need to be up and leave by 9 AM (10 at the very latest) tomorrow to be there before lunch time. I am so so so excited! I have never been but have always wanted to go! I love our provincial parks and I love the ocean. It’ll be a great opportunity for some great pictures I hope as well.

Since last weekend I have been wanting to go somewhere this weekend but wasn’t really sure where until today. I thought about Kejimkujik National Park which is inland from the Seaside one but is all part of the same park system. I debated a little over both because I don’t think I have been to the inland one either which has a lot of hiking trails, rivers and a waterfall but I decided I would rather go to the seaside one tomorrow instead. Sometime this spring or summer we will go to the other part of the park as well.

So stay tuned for some pictures tomorrow or the next day. Depends on how late we get home tomorrow.

8 Places I Want To Visit

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to travel. I love traveling by plane, train or car. Visiting somewhere new is almost magical to me and reminds me so much of my childhood. My father was posted to CFB Baden-Söllingen in Germany. We moved there when I was 5 in 1985 until I was 11 in 1991. During our time there my parents decided that they were going to travel with me as much as possible and show me as much of Europe as they could at the time. This was still at a time when the Berlin wall was still up and we could not really travel as easily to certain places like East Germany, Poland, Yugoslavia, etc. I enjoyed it. I remember camping in Italy, skiing in Switzerland and Vacationing all over.

I decided in honor of this and because my husband has only been as far as Bar Harbor, Maine and New Brunswick that I want to make a list of 10 places I really want to visit. These are not places I have asked him about this is just all me. Places I have always wanted to visit even long before him. I am hoping to get myself a travel rewards credit card through work one of these days since it has all the insurance coverage’s and I can earn rewards towards traveling and when buying tickets.

Observations On A Sunny Sunday Afternoon

Driving home one sunny Sunday afternoon from dropping Edward off at work I was driving through the older suburban community he works in on some side roads that have a junior high and a high school on them. This was a Sunday. I remember when I was younger when we were living in Calgary at the time on Sunday afternoon’s especially a sunny one there would be kids out everywhere and I mean everywhere. In the park, on the sidewalks riding bikes, skateboarding, going from house to house playing with their siblings and friends. But you just don’t see that anymore.

It occurred to me that you don’t see kids playing outside much anymore, it’s become a rare oddity rather then the norm. The neighbourhood he works in is full of kids. Tons of them. All ages. There are some elderly people as well but a lot of middle aged parents (my age) with kids in junior and senior high and lots of young families with young kids. Yet all I saw in the 3 or 4 streets I drove down that day was 2 kids jumping on a trampoline in their back yard and honestly was surprised to see that because this particular house is on a corner, no fence around the yard just a chain link one around a pool and trampoline which honestly I had never seen in use the hundreds of times I drove by in the evenings or on the weekends.