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.

4 thoughts on “Valley, The Lookoff & Cape Split

  1. It looks like it must have been a beautiful day out, and those views are lovely. The colours you captured on the last picture are fantastic!!!

  2. I love hiking and trails! I know that feeling of wanting to continue but also feeling like you wanna die. 😆 Hiking has this element about it that gives you both a mental and physical sense of accomplishment once you get through it. Sometimes you really just can’t turn back and you’d rather go to the end. The views are almost always worth it too.

    Apart from the first flower photo being a little out of focus, the macro shots look really good! The seagull shot looks great too considering you’re still getting the hang of it!

    I love the photos in general, they are beautiful. I honestly didn’t guess it was that cold because the sky looks so beautiful and I got the impression that it was really warm! The afternoon shots look beautiful as well, but I think my favourite shot is the little formation of rocks in the water.

    1. I love them too! I love the sense of accomplishment you mentioned when you feel like you want to give up but at the same time realize you can’t just turn back or you will regret it later. The views are always great even if it is just forest pictures which an be really pretty and magical too sometimes.

      The first shot with the flower is definitely out of focus probably shouldn’t have included it here lol but they were so pretty. I was pretty happy with the other ones especially the two bud ones. I am hoping this weekend to also get to the Halifax Public Gardens to try and get some more flower and macro shots as there is a lot there to work with. I’m hoping the weather will co-operate.

      We have a lot of those formations of rocks in the water here. Lots of cliffs and eroding seaside which makes formations like that. Some are thousands of years old. It’s really quite neat.

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