Pockwock Falls & Halifax Public Gardens

Edward and I hiked early this afternoon to Pockwock Falls and then went to lunch at Vernon’s Thunderbird Diner and ended the afternoon at the Halifax Public Gardens. This was my plan since last weekend. With the exception of Vernon’s Thunderbird Diner which was sort of a spur of the moment thing. I already have next weekend planned as well, the Chester Connection Trail and a walk through the Town of Chester. I am excited to walk the Chester Connection Trail again. I used to walk it a lot when I lived in Chester a few years ago. The featured image above was from the Halifax Public Gardens. I have to work a little more on my focus and lighting but I really am enjoying macro photography the most.

This is pretty much the only photo I got of the Pockwock Falls and it is not the best photo because I was literally on a small rocky cliff over the water that was all mossy and wet and so full of bugs that I had a hard time standing still as I was getting eaten alive. It was a bit of a boring walk to the falls but it was down a road called Camptown Road which is part of the Old Annapolis Road. According to Wikipedia: READ MORE

Europa Park

When I was 5 my Dad was posted to CFB Baden Söllingen in Germany. One of our favorite places to visit when were were there was an amusement park called Europa Park in Rust, Germany. We went a few times a year each year that we were there, which was 6 years in total from January 1985 to July 1991. Every year I would look forward to our trips to Europa Park and to going on the rides. I am a huge amusement park fan and fan of roller coasters, flume rides and most other rides with the exception of ferris wheels or anything similar.

My mom told me today that one of my favorite rides Piraten in Batvia which was built in 1987 is on fire. I remember going on it when it first opened. It was a large water ride with big pirate ships that you get into and ride through a large building through a pirate themed land. Apparently the fire has completely destroyed the ride as well as apparently a large section of the park and damaged other rides as well. I was really sad to hear this. It was one of my favorite rides and I was looking forward to visiting again someday and seeing all the old rides I used to enjoy as well as the newer ones. READ MORE

Happy Birthday Dad!

Yesterday was my Dad’s 66th birthday. Apparently my Mom asked him what he wanted to do for his birthday and he said he wanted to go to the Casino Nova Scotia. So that’s where we went tonight to the 3Sixty Buffet. I could kick myself for not taking a few photos of our supper. It was amazing! It was a prime rib buffet with Soup, 2 kinds of pizza (pepperoni and vegetarian), for other entrées they had roasted porklion with cranberry salsa, baked chicken with pesto cream sauce, maple & thyme salmon, mussels with garlic butter, chive mashed potatoes, vegetable rice pilaf, pasta, yorkies, medley of vegetables. There was also a salad bar and desert station with soft ice cream as well as assorted pies, buffet cakes, brownies, ice cream toppings, cupcakes, cookies, assorted puddings, bread pudding and all the free pop you could drink. I’ll admit. I am now stuffed and lets just say my blood sugars a bit too high but not too bad lol

I was careful what I ate and only had a glass of regular pop because we waited in line an hour first and it was almost 8 PM before we ate and my blood sugar was a little low. Then I said the hell with it and had ice cream. It was Mom, Dad, my brother Denton, a family friend Mary Ellen who is here at my parents place until mid-July from Ontarion and Edward and myself. We all absolutely loved the food and you will never guess how much the buffet actually costs per person. $9.99 a person if you are a player’s club member! You can’t even get a value meal at McDonald’s for that! We all signed up for a player’s club membership because it’s free and you earn points as well. READ MORE

Quebec City & St. Lawrence River in August!

I have a week of vacation booked from August 26th to the 30th and I don’t work the 24th and 25th or the 31st and 1st of September either (weekend before and after vacation) so that is 9 days in a row off. I mention this to my Mom as I wanted to see about borrowing their camper for the week to go camping somewhere close by. Instead my Mom came up with the idea that her, my father, Edward and I go camping along the St. Lawrence River in New Brunswick & Quebec all the way to Quebec City.

I have been through Quebec City before mostly just driving through it or around it or going through it on a train but I have never really walked around in Quebec City or seen any of the sights. I am really excited to go. My parents have been before buy my husband has never been near there. Neither of us have been along the St. Lawrence river, though my parents have. READ MORE

2018 Hiking Trails Bucket List

I decided to do a whole category and tag for bucket lists. I love lists So I decided to do up a bucket list of Hiking Trails I would like to do this spring/summer/fall season before the weather gets bad. I’m not including any that I have done up to today including Keji Seaside and Cape Split.

  1. Pockwock Falls Trail in the Pockwock Wilderness Area. This watershed is where Halifax get’s it’s water supply. It is 3 km easy trail with a 1-hour return trip.
  2. Bordon Brook Trail at Blomidon Provincial Park – 3.5 km moderate trail – it’s considered moderate because of staircases built into the trail. This wouldn’t likely be a problem for us as we have hiked the trails in Truro’s Victoria Park which have a lot of stairs up to the waterfalls. I am not a fan of heights but I did okay at Cape Split so I want to give it a try.
  3. Duncan’s Cove Trail, this trail is not so far from my parents place but I have never been there and would love to walk it. It’s 8 km round trip 3-4 hour hike on some moderate to difficult terrain. I know it is a harder trail but I would really like to attempt maybe half of it because apparently it is beautiful right from the beginning. We will maybe leave this to one of the last trails we do since it will be the hardest.
  4. Uniacke Estate Museum Park in Mount Uniack, Nova Scotia. This one I mentioned to Eddie on our way back from Cape Split the other day to Edward as we drove past it on the old road. It has 8 modern walking/hiking trails on the estate plus the museum and gardens.
  5. Spry Bay Trail in Taylor Head Provincial Park. There are 5 trails in this trail system ranging from easy to difficult. This one is somewhere in between. 4 km with 1.5 hour return time it has a variety of different terrain and habitats.
  6. Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia is a 2 km trail that is 1 hour return. I love lighthouses and would love to walk this walk this trail this year if we have time.
  7. Halls Harbour Falls in Halls Harbour, Nova Scotia is a small 250 meter trail on the beach ending with a really beautiful ocean waterfall. You have to do it when the tide is out as the beach is covered completely by the ocean when the tide is up.
  8. Ward Falls Trail near Parrsboro, Nova Scotia is another waterfall trail I would love to do. It is 6 km return trip to the falls. It has been closed the last two years as it is on private land and was in bad shape and washed out but the owners have fixed it up with new bridges and it is due to open sometime this spring or summer.
  9. Folly River Gorge Falls Trail in the Wentworth Valley.
  10. Burntcoat Head Ocean Floor Tour is a guided tour of the ocean floor in Burntcoat Head Park. I really want to do this tour and there happens to be one the day after my birthday this year that is $15 a person. It’s a hike that is 1-2 km and approximately 1.5 hours.

I hope to get them all done this year as I am planning to do one thing every weekend up until the fall and the weather is no longer nice enough to do it. READ MORE