Delaps Cove

Yesterday Eddie and I spent the whole afternoon hiking a small trail to the Delaps Cove Waterfall. It’s only about a 40 minute drive from us. The trail itself is just a small 2.2 km hike but it was kind of hard going because a lot of the trail was very muddy and we only had sneakers. At one point I sunk past my ankles ruining my sneakers and muddying my jeans and getting soaked in the process but it was still a lot of fun. The image above is the bottom of the waterfall. It’s a good size waterfall for Nova Scotia and with all the rain we have been getting the last few days it sure didn’t disappoint! So that is one waterfall down from my 2019 Bucket List.

Here is the whole waterfall in all it’s glory. You can see the platform at the top of that waterfall. I was thinking no way in hell! I apologize for the quality of the images. I was trying to play around with the settings on the above two photos to get that fluid look to the water. Being an overcast cool day and with the ground still looking like winter the images were a little dreary but I edited them a little to bring out what I could in colours. I have come to the conclusion though that I need to read up more on photography and how to use my camera especially as some of the images ended up really washed out and unusable.

Once we got around the other side I was feeling a bit adventurous and decided to get on the platform and take a picture looking down. I am absolutely terrified of heights and couldn’t look other than into the camera but I did it! Eddie said no way. You actually have to jump part of the brook to get to the platform there is a bit of a gap and if you are not careful you’ll get wet. You don’t have to worry about falling in and over really as there is no way, though it’s hard not to imagine it

The brook was so peaceful upstream and I wanted to play around a bit more with the camera settings. I love how the above picture turned out. I so badly wanted to put my hand in the stream to feel the coldness but it was hard to do as it was deep in areas and running fast and if you fell in it could mean trouble so we didn’t try. My balance is really off still so I wasn’t going to attempt it.

On the way, we stopped to try and get some geocaches but we had no luck (missing or just couldn’t get to them) so we took a few more pictures. Most of them I wasn’t overly happy with but this one I liked. I apparently need to clean my camera as well. I’m hoping to find someone local who can do it as I am scared to damage it.

There were a few fishing boats out on the water. There are lobster traps probably around the buoys in the picture above. This was my favourite picture I got of any of the boats. Overall we had a ton of fun and plan in the next few days (maybe even tonight) to go back to Point Prim Lighthouse to try and photograph the sunset. It’s supposed to rain a lot the next few days so I’m not sure when exactly but I am hoping soon. I am going to see if I can find some tutorials first on sunset/sunrise photography.

We finished up the day with a campfire in our backyard and some hot dogs and s’mores over the fire. I didn’t get any pictures as I was too cold it was only about 2°C and a cold wind. I gave up after about an hour and went inside. I was sitting out there with my sweats, winter boots, winter jacket, hoodie and a fleece campfire blanket with sleeves my mom made each of us. I am really loving living here! Such a slower pace than the city. We can take the time to go out and do things that we love.

Point Prim Lighthouse

Tonight Eddie and I went over to my parents for supper. We cooked hot dogs, hamburgers and bratwurst around the firepit. We had to pack up a little early as it was starting to rain a little. Mom decided she wanted to go into Digby for ice cream at Recardo’s. Ever since I was a kid I have loved Farmer’s bubble gum ice cream and their cotton candy ice cream. Tonight I got a scoop of each. It’s not something we do often because it puts my blood sugar up. After this, we went for a drive and we ended up at Point Prim Lighthouse. It ended up not really raining, just a few drops so we deviceded to get out and walk around a little.

The current lighthouse is the 4th lighthouse built at Point Prim since 1804. It was built somewhere around 1964 as far as I can tell based on the information I looked up on it. The first lighthouse built in 1804 and lasted only 4 years before burning in 1808. The second lighthouse also burned down about 52 years after it was built in 1817. The third lighthouse was built in 1874 and was pushed over the cliff with a bulldozer in 1964. I’m not sure the story there. It doesn’t really say. Just old maybe.

The 4th and current lighthouse was built sometime after that, not sure when exactly but I don’t think it was more than a year or so. It became unmanned in 1984. There are two houses nearby that were built at some point around the turn of the 20th century I believe. This is the one pictured in both pictures above which is still standing today. It’s not the most spectacular of lighthouses but it’s still charming in its own way and has some spectacular views as you will see in the pictures below. All the images in this post were taken by me tonight just with my LG G6 phone camera. It’s got a nice little camera.

The above picture is taken from one side, sort of the front I guess of the lighthouse and overlooking Digby Gut which is a narrow channel connecting the Bay of Fundy with the Annapolis Basin. The lighthouse overlooks this area and is still in use today. It is an unmanned lighthouse but still used.

The sun was peeking out from the clouds while we were there and getting ready to start setting. It’s about 8°C (48.4°F) at this point. It was nicer, about 16°C (60.8°F) earlier in the afternoon. They have some walking paths around the lighthouse and some benches and picnic tables. They are apparently in the process of extended the path along the water and supposedly it’s supposed to go all the way down Digby Neck which is quite a distance. I’m not sure how far it goes right now but we are planning to go back so and explore a bit and see.

Behind the lighthouse, the path stretches towards Digby Neck and that’s the part they are extending according to my mom. We walked a little way down, just as far as the rocky cliffs above the shoreline. There we found a small Inuksuk someone had built on the rocks. It was pretty against the suns reflection on the water. The sky was so beautiful.

Overall I don’t think it was more than a 500-meter walk around but it was still insanely beautiful. I love the area. I remember going there as a kid with my parents or grandparents and a few years back my parents lived at the beginning of the long road it is on and I used to go down there often just to enjoy the view and reflect. We had a great evening and a great weekend. Also, I created a new theme this weekend. I hope you like it. I plan to do some more. Learning more about theme development and using starter themes, etc.

Camping in PEI

I’ve really wanted to go camping in PEI for a while now and on a bit of a road trip. In fact, it’s in my 2019 Bucket List post below. I haven’t been camping in PEI in years. I think I was a teen or in my early 20’s when I last went with my parents. Well, we will be going in July! Over my birthday weekend, I have booked us 4 nights at Cedar Dunes Provincial Park! $150 for 4 nights I figured why not! So we will be spending a Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. I am excited about visiting the West Point Lighthouse and maybe some other lighthouses and walk the beautiful beaches.

West Point Lighthouse. Photo credit: Welcome PEI

We’ll be driving up Thursday morning, roughly a 6-hour drive, July 4th and crossing the Confederation Bridge and then through Summerside to visit family then on to the provincial park and then back again on the 8th. That will leave us all day the 5th, 6th, and 7th to explore the island. I have been across Confederation Bridge before in someone else’s vehicle but this will be my first time driving over the bridge myself. Little apprehensive of that not a fan of heights but the sides are pretty high. I did go across once in Dad’s 18 wheeler and was able to see over the sides. I remember it being both scary and beautiful!

The Confederation Bridge. Photo credit: The Star

I am so excited about this trip and camping. We haven’t gone camping since our honeymoon almost 3 years ago. We got a new tent for Christmas last year but with me getting hurt last summer we never got to use it. I can’t wait! We plan to do some picture taking, hiking, geocaching and drive around western PEI as well as swim and enjoy the beaches and maybe do some beachcombing. We will come back another year and do Charlottetown and eastern PEI if we don’t get a chance. I am really unsure time wise if we will get there this trip but if I can we will. I have to research it a bit more.

So the countdown to PEI is on! 83 days and counting!