We got a new car!

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We bought a new car! Well, as close to new as I have ever had. It’s a 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT Preferred. It is used but only had just under 14,000 km on it at purchase last month. We have had it now for almost 4 weeks and I couldn’t love it more! The only thing I wasn’t fussy on at first was the color but it’s really grown on me. I was never a big fan of white vehicles but Polar White really suits this car. I am in love with it in every way and it is a dream to drive. I feel so safe and secure in it not wondering if it’s going to break down around each and every corner like the old one.

Sorry about the dirt on the floor on the passenger’s side in the above picture. We need to get some rubber mats for it. It’s a GT (Grand Tour or Grant Tourismo) hatchback. It’s sporty and peppy and really a lot of fun. It has heated black cloth seats, leather heated steering wheel, 6-speed Automatic Transmission with shiftronic manual mode, 8″ touch-screen display with SiriusXM and android auto/apple carplay, rearview camera, blind-spot collision warning and rear cross-traffic collision warning and remote keyless entry system with alarm. There isn’t a lot it doesn’t have. I was pretty impressed. It has a ton of room in the hatch and the backseat though not as roomy as our old car is still pretty comfortable.

It is costing us a minor fortune due to what was left in the old car loan but the old car was about to bite the dust so we needed something that would work for us and be reliable in the almost 3 hours of winter driving I will be doing every day this winter. It’s really going to stretch us but I am switching our insurance out in the middle of December so that should save us some and bring us about back where we started. We’ve got enough saved up as well to put 4 new studded winter tires on it for the winter months which we need to get soon.

Unfortunately, I have been sick for 2 of the 4 weeks and we haven’t had a good chance to get them on or really get out in it other than one geocaching trip in the first weekend we had it but it’s also made about 6 trips back and forth between Deep Brook and Coldbrook because of appointments and emergencies in the last two weeks so it’s going to need an oil change before it’s 2nd month is up but it’s a wonderful car and I am so excited to go on adventures with it. We plan to do some trips to the parts of Kedjimkujik that are open in the winter for some hiking on warmer days as well as some more geocaching which we have just fallen head over heals with.

Overall we did really good and though it was a bit expensive upfront it is going to save us so much in the long run. I know I sound like a car ad but that’s okay. I have always loved cars and driving. Time to make it fun again! We are hoping to get started on Saturday if I am doing better by driving an hour and 10 minutes to Yarmouth for the Candy Cane Lane Festival. I am so excited and really hoping I am feeling well enough to go!

Kejimkujik National Park

November 17, 2019 – I am going to apologize in advance. I wrote this post 3 months ago and somehow did not post it thought it was pretty much finished. It’s not that we didn’t do anything over the summer, we did, I just haven’t bothered doing much with the pictures. I will have to go back through my phone and camera and see what I have and maybe do a few more posts. I am going to backdate this one to the day I originally wrote it one posted. 

Eddie and I decided a few days ago that since he was not working today that we would find something to do, something outdoors. Yesterday we decided to go to Kejimkuji National Park (Keji for short) which is a large National Park part of the Parks Canada network. I have been there before but it was years and years ago. The park has a couple of waterfalls (not huge ones), some hiking paths, look offs, a river, a couple of lakes with beaches, a canteen, and campground.

We started with a small hike along the river. There is a floating bridge you cross past the waterfall away and then a two-kilometer loop you can hike. We planned to go swimming later in the afternoon so we didn’t do the 2 km hike. We did, however, cross the bridge and then turned back to go find the canteen and go swimming.

I didn’t get as many pictures as I like because I had gotten my Canon Camera quite wet the day before at the Zoo. It ended up working fine still but I didn’t use it for a while just in case. I have used it since with no issues. I was concerned about it though initially as I never noticed until today when I took it out and the case was soaked, the battery drained and the camera had some moisture on it.

Burntcoat Head Park

On July 4th Eddie and I went to a place I have been wanting to go for a while, Burntcoat Head Park here in Nova Scotia. When the tide is out you can walk the ocean floor. It’s pretty neat. We had to time it just right for the evening high and low tides. We started heading out to get there just as it was high tide. I had taken a few pictures on my camera but I haven’t even looked at them really yet. I know it was 10 days ago but I have been busy starting my new job and just didn’t have the time. I planned this weekend but never had the time either. Maybe next weekend I will. So more pictures will follow in a Part 2 later. The following were all taken with my LG camera phone. Which is not a bad camera.

When the tide is out you can walk around the Island that is pictured above. When the tide is high the bottom rocks that you can see in the above picture are completely covered over. We arrived in time to see a gentleman swim out to the Island. So I am guessing that the current there must not be that strong there.

We started walking out as the tide started going down, which happened surprisingly fast. We were able to walk around the whole Island within two hours or so and that was stopping to take pictures and play in the mud and look at life on the ocean floor. We could have done a quick walk all the way around in less then 30 minutes probably, but honestly, why would you? It’s something you have to take your time and enjoy but pay attention to the tides.

The colors were just awesome. It was late in the afternoon into the early evening while were were there and as the sun went lower in the sky the colors were so vibrant as it was a very warm humid 28°C. The water and mud was so cool and refreshing. We each wore water shoes we picked up from Wal-Mart before going, which was perfect as they have a thick rubber bottom. I’m glad I thought of it

The water had carved out some pretty neat caves in the rocks of the Island and also the surrounding coastline. We were restricted to where we could go because of some of the wildlife that is endangered in the area so we were not able to go to the left after we went down the stairs only the right.

Overall I loved it and would love to go back again to see it in the evening again and stay to catch the actual sunset. We didn’t stay that late as we were going camping the next day at my parents camp on the St. Mary’s Bay. We had a lot of fun camping as well and plan to get as many weekends as we can this summer. They have set up a beautiful site down by the water at the place they are living. We didn’t go this weekend simply because Edward hurt his foot and is off it a few days. Nothing major just aggravated an old injury, a fracture from about 10-15 years ago that was never treated properly. Hopefully next weekend we will be able to do something. He hopefully shouldn’t have to be off it long and will be back to work Thursday.