May 23, 2018

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Folly River Gorge Falls Trail in the Wentworth Valley.
  • 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.
  • May 21, 2018

    Plans for Next Weekend

    I am hoping next weekend we will be able to walk the Pockwock Falls in the Pockwock Wilderness Area. I still have the photos from Kejimkujik Seaside to edit in Photoshop & Lightroom but I just haven’t had the time to tackle it. I will eventually do a second part to that blog post. Hopefully there are some decent photos hiding among them. After hiking Cape Split the other day we realized we need to stick to easy ones for a little while

    I really want to go take some waterfall photos so I figure it would be a good one to start with plus the photos I have seen online of the falls look pretty cool. The hike itself says it is a 3km, 1 hour return hike to the falls and is easy to moderate. So I think it will be a nice relaxing and easy hike.

    I really had fun the other day but it was really to much of a hike for us both at the moment. I’ve been researching some hiking trails in mainland Nova Scotia to try and make a list of the hikes I want to do this summer. I will do another post later in the week with a list of them.

    May 19, 2018

    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.

    May 15, 2018

    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.

    May 11, 2018

    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.