Geocaching

I’ve spent the last 3 weeks really sick with the flu which turned into bronchitis. I just finished my second round of antibiotics and still have a bad cough. While sick I was thinking about ways to get outside and get exercise and fresh air this spring, summer and fall and even the coming winter months and I thought “what about geocaching?”. What a great idea!

What is geocaching you might ask? To be honest I’d heard of it but really didn’t know much. So, here is a video from geocaching.com to explain:

Seems pretty fun and a good way to get out and get moving. I can’t wait for us to start. I plan for us to start with a few geocaches that are really close to my home in Cornwallis Park and up a few roads within walking distance and then go from there. I’m hoping to do a few over the next few weeks close by to get started.

I think it will be a great way to get some fresh air, enjoy the spring weather which has turned really sunny and nice and get hiking. I can’t wait to learn more. I noticed there is a facebook group for Nova Scotia and I am sure there are other people in my area. I would love to go to an event as well so we can meet some new people or perhaps even reconnect with some people from my high school days.

I’m so excited! I plan to blog about it a bit more and maybe even if it’s something we really enjoy I might create a blog specifically for it down the road!

Rissers Beach

One of my favorite camping spots, beaches and boardwalks in Nova Scotia is called Rissers Beach which is a beach about 20 minutes from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Ever since the first time I visited which was about 10 years ago I have loved going there. It’s a provincial park that has a campground, boardwalk, beach and much more. We have camped there a few times over the years including the summer before last in 2016. It’s a white sand beach that is fairly safe as it is really shallow for quite a ways out, has very little for riptides and was rally popular with the locals before being opened in the 1970s.

Sorry about the thing on my lens on the photo above in the top left corner. It’s gone it seems from later photos so I assume it was a hair or something that just blew onto the lens the blew away again. I love how blue the water was when we went. It was a beautiful hot sunny day. It reached 30°C and with the humidity was closer to 35. Perfect beach day. The water was nice and cool but not freezing considering it was only the 1st of June. Some spots it was actually quite warm.

The image above was just before we got to the sand in the one above. It was up along a wooded path that runs alongside the beach. It’s nice to walk. Some parts of it go over marsh and are actually boardwalks:

I love the hill in the background in the picture below. Edward loves it too. Every time we come here and walk it we fall in love with the place all over again. It was a picture perfect day. Seriously it couldn’t have been any better. It would have been too hot I think for walking around Tancook Island as I mentioned was originally planed in my last post. Maybe sometimes things are meant to be. We’ll get to Tancook before the summer is out.

The boardwalk wraps around a wooded and marsh area. I love the colors in the grass and sky. I love how serene and pretty the place is. Even when the campground and beach is full of people you can still walk around the boardwalk without constantly bumping into people.

I don’t know why but I am in love with taking pictures of boardwalks. They are so pretty. I love the architecture in them, the lines and contrast between the light wood and the bright colors surrounding them. They just really photograph well I find.

The top of the rails on the side were covered in a moss or a moss like plant. I tried to get a good shot of it. I love how it looked on the rails. It’s growing right out of the wood. It’s amazing what amuses me.

On the road back to Bridgewater we noticed an old mill with a little bit of a waterfall or rapids beside it. I took a picture of the building. I am not sure why. I just found it really neat. I love abandoned buildings too. One day I would like to photograph some of the abandoned buildings all over Nova Scotia. We have so many of them.

Here is the rapids or small waterfall beside it. There was a bigger waterfall on the other side of the road but the bride scared me a little so I wouldn’t go near the edge. I am really not a fan of heights and it was really rickety.

I love how the water turned out in the picture above. I rested it on the rail of the bridge on that side because it seemed sturdier and not that high. It never occurred to me until after that had it given away I would have fallen into that and right over the larger waterfall on the other side of the bridge that I was to scared to go to

All in all it was a wonderful day. I wish we had gotten to Tancook but if we did then we would never have seen all this and I wouldn’t have gotten these pictures. I am sure I would have gotten great ones on Tancook Island as well but either way, we will still get there

Tancook Island, Indian Falls & Blue Rocks

On Friday Eddie and I had planned a trip to Tancook Island which I was really looking forward to. Even though we left on time and should have got there in time ended up driving around looking for the ferry and then parking and ended up missing it by 2 minutes! I was so mad. It was my own fault. I got us lost and I stopped at Tim Horton’s to send him in to get himself a coffee and to ask for directions but somehow we ended up just missing it. After parking and walking 5 or so minutes down to it we watched it pull away :( At first I was just mad and wanted to just go home. It was a 40 minute drive from Halifax though and I was really in the mood to be outside and walking and taking pictures.

Initially we were going to do this on Tancook, it’s not a large island, it’s actually two islands, Big Tancook Island and Little Tancook Island and the only cars really on the island are unregistered cars that are just used to get around the island. Residents leave their cars in Chester where the ferry goes to the island from. It’s really kind of neat from what I have heard. They have one of Canada’s last one-room schoolhouses which is from Primary (Kingergarden) to Grade 5 and only has 5 students. I assume older students go to the middle school and high school in the Chester area.

Since we didn’t end up going we decided to go to Indian Falls instead. We are going to attempt Tancook Island again in 2 or 3 weeks. I literally just googled waterfalls near us and that was the first one that came up. We decided to make a day of it and then go to Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia and then Rissers Beach which is one of my favorite places in Nova Scotia. I am going to split this up into two posts. Indian Falls and Blue Rocks in this one and Rissers Beach on it’s own.

Indian Falls is pretty, it’s not the most beautiful waterfall I have seen but it is still really pretty. The picture below is from below the falls, there is a little path and stairs down the side of the falls which goes to the pool below which you can swim in in the summer.

This image was from the top of the falls, there was a little picnic area and a bench to sit on before going down the path and stairs I mentioned above. It was amazing the volume of water flowing through the falls, though it is not a large falls it has a lot of water flowing through it right now. Likely because it’s still spring.

This next one is my favorite picture from Indian Falls. I was trying to figure out how to capture the water and make it looks silky. Still a work in progress. I still don’t have a tripod but I rested it on a rock for this one. This was just at the top of the falls to the right of where I took the picture above. There was little rapids just before the falls.

Last one is the same spot as above but zoomed in a bit more, again I was just playing around with the settings on my camera to try capture the waters flow and in some spots like this it was sort of flowing back on itself because of rocks in the way. It was pretty.

After we left Indian Falls we headed to Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia, a quaint little fishing village outside Lunenburg. We didn’t time it very well because the tide was really high covering the rocks so I didn’t actually get any shots of the rocks. We will have to try that one again as well some other time. It was still really pretty though and we caught this coming into Bridgewater, Nova Scotia (sorry the image is a little fuzzy because I zoomed in and was sitting the camera on top of a running car :

I am not a 100% sure but I think that is the Bluenose II tall ship which was launched in 1963 and was built by many of the same people who built the original Bluenose which was launched in 1921 from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and sunk in 1946 near Haiti. She’s a beautiful ship! I have had the pleasure of seeing her in the Halifax Harbour a number of times and have been on her once in the Harbour (while docked). Below you can just see her in the right hand side at passing by us at Blue Rocks:

That’s it for this post. I will post a second post with the pictures from Rissers Beach in a few days. There is too many photos to put them all into one post. I will group them all together in the gallery later when I add them. This coming weekend will be a bit of a break because Eddie works Saturday. I have Friday, Saturday and Sunday off but we are going to a friends birthday party Friday, Eddie works Saturday and he works Sunday. So only Friday we have off together. We will maybe do something more local like a walk at the Salt Marsh Trail maybe which happens to be one of my favorite trails within the Halifax Regional Municipality.