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.

In the beginning the trail is very rocky and uphill. I’ll be honest we thought about turning back since no washrooms were open and after 15 minutes we were already tired from the steep uphill but I was determined I wanted to keep going. There was lots of buds and some flowers. I decided to try out some close ups with the macro settings on the computer. For a first try I don’t think they turned out too bad. What do you think?

The rest of the trail evened out and turned into a lovely woods that was filled with squirrels and birds and other small animals as well as more flowers like the ones above. It was really quite beautiful and serene. It was so lush and green and honestly one of the most beautiful woods I have ever been in!

I honestly loved it, it felt like we were in a whole different world from our every day city lives

I love trees. Especially gnarled old twisty ones like the one below.

Not long after I took a picture of the tree above the woods opened up into a field of green with cliffs and ocean. The picture below was just before the green fields and was part of the path we were walking on I am standing right at the edge of it when I took the picture. I figured my vertigo and fear of heights would kick in but honestly I was fine. It was Eddie that was more cautious and he actually was telling me I was getting to close. Which I wasn’t. I was fine and was not off the path.

There was a lot of birds everywhere. Seagulls mostly. Which I love. This is my first picture of a bird in flight that really turned out and somehow I actually got 3 at once! I was really impressed with that.

The view was just amazing! I couldn’t believe I had never hiked this before. My parents and brother and I used to hike all the time when we were younger. Especially during the time we were in Germany and Calgary.

The tide was going out when we got there as you can see on the rocks. It was about 6 PM by the time we got to the edge of the cape. It was really pretty but cool and windy.

I took this next picture when I went down to get the one above, on my way back up Edward was sitting looking out over the ocean so I decided I snapped a quick picture of him before he noticed

Overall I was really happy we kept going. Even though the way back was awful at one point because I was hurting so bad, my back, knees and ankles that I didn’t know if I could go on. On top of that my blood sugar dropped suddenly but we were prepared with glucose tabs, candy (rockets) and with lots of water, peanuts, crackers, chips and popcorn. So I managed to bring it back up to a safe level and continue on. When we saw the washrooms at the end it was such a relief

On the way back we stopped in Scott’s Bay and I took a few more pictures along the road and beach area. It was starting to get dark and we still had a 2 hour drive home (yes it was 2 hours each way so on top of a 5 hour walk I drove 4 hours, Eddie was nervous to drive it so I did all the driving this time). I have to say these next two are my absolute favorites of them all and I am really proud of myself!

If you would like to look at more photos from the trip/hike you can find them here. Most of them are in this post but I think there is still a few that I did not add here.

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.

  1. The British Isles – England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales have always been a place I want to visit more then anything. I have only ever been in an airport in England, Heathrow Airport in London. I have never been outside the airport.
  2. St Pierre et Miquelon – This is a little archipelago south of Newfoundland here in the Maritimes which is a French Island. Like a little piece of Europe off the east coast of Canada. I really really want to take a trip here next summer.
  3. Australia & New Zealand – A big one for me! I have always wanted to visit both countries. I have never been and would love to visit and explore.
  4. Sweden, Norway & Finland – Sweden, the home of the lovely Susanne, with whom I have been talking to for years online. I am in love with her pictures of her homeland and also her pictures of Ireland which has made me want to go to both places even more. I also want to visit Norway & Finland as well.
  5. Cuba – My husbands parents used to go to Cuba every year and I have heard them talk about how beautiful it is there and how wonderful the people are and I have fallen in love with their stories of the country. Both Edward and I really want to go.
  6. Florida/Universal Studios/Legoland – Okay so this is a place I have been to once with my parents. We traveled all down the east coast of the US and I loved it and in Florida I loved Disney World. I would love to go back with Edward and visit Universal Studios and Legoland as well sine I never got to visit them on only visisted the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Typhoon Lagon (which I loved more then Magic Kingdom btw). I am a huge fan of Disney.
  7. Europe – Again a place I have been before but so badly want to go back. I really want to travel through Europe during the summer months. I want to see how much it has changed since I lived there and want to revisit a lot of places from my childhood.
  8. Africa – I have always wanted to visit Africa and go on an African Safari tour and take pictures and see some animals I have only ever seen in zoo’s or not at all.

I had planned to make this a 10 country list but since I kind of lumped some of them together it didn’t quite work out that way. Either way. These are the places I would really love to go. Where would you love to go?

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.

It got me thinking though. In my apartment building there is tons of kids and once in a while you may see the odd one playing out in front of the building with a ball maybe or on the rocks in the summer but you don’t see a bunch out at once usually and sometimes you don’t see them at all. I know they are there. My neighbors above and beside have kids. I’ve seen kids in the hall or getting out of their parents cars but you never see them out playing at all. The parks were empty. Sometimes you might see a parent with a single child or two but you don’t really see a bunch of kids playing with each other or out playing hockey in a cul-de-sac or playing basketball, etc. Even just a few years ago you saw that a lot more.

I know this is a problem for this generation of kids but I guess I never really realized just how much until now. Is it because the parents don’t feel safe letting their kids play outside? When I was younger the whole neighbourhood watched you. Our parents were friends usually or at least neighborly. They watched out for each others kids. They picked up a phone and called a kids parents if they were up to no good. They would make lunch for their child and anyone else’s who happened to be at your house or in your yard or just that you were out playing with outside. There were no “play dates”. You just went outside and played and if you were over 10 your parents didn’t always know where you were every second but they knew you weren’t far and would come in when called.

It makes me sad really.