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  • Hiking & Walking

    Hiking Cape Split During Mud Season

    The temperature was perfect as we wound our way along the trail. We encountered some big fluffy snowflakes followed by  sunny skies.  All were welcome. I’ve hiked  Cape Split numerous times but this is only the second time I did the the new loop. I had done some research and was expecting mud and I was not disappointed to find, it was indeed, mud season.     The  newly looped trail, 13.2 km, not including distance to  viewpoints, and runs through old growth forest with some new scenic look offs. Scots Bay trail-the new section, offers views of the Bay of Fundy while the ‘old’ trail-the Minas Basin Trail, now…

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  • Hiking & Walking

    My 5 Favorite Hikes In the Annapolis Valley

    It was a foggy morning and the sun wouldn’t make the climb over Blomidon for a while so we hiked quickly to catch the sunrise. No one else was on the Jodrey Trail, and although the sunrise was muted due to clouds, it was still a great hike. It was and remains, one of my favorite hikes. 1. Jodrey Trail at Blomidon Provincial Park. This slightly challenging, heart pumping11k hike starts from the picnic area and climbs up to the top of Blomidon. There are some nice views along this trail, as it winds through the woods. I also enjoy hiking from the picnic park to the Visitor Centre and then…

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  • Hiking & Walking

    The Jodrey Trail Loop- Northward to Indian Springs

    I love Blomidon and the moderately difficult Jodrey Trail is my favorite. Up until recently, time and  lack of motivation kept me from hiking to the end of it , usually choosing to head back along the Woodland Trail., or crossing over at the Visitor Centre and going down Borden Brook. This time, my goal was to get to Indian Springs and  that last look off. I parked at the Visitor Centre to do the 8.5 km round trip upper loop. There were some climbs but nothing like the lower part of the Jodrey Trail. Lots of roots -a walking stick is handy. Part of the trail leads through the…

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  • Biking

    Almost All You Need to Know about the Harvest Moon Trail

      Updated Sept 14 2022, just in time for prime biking season Feature photo compliments of We’re Outside 465 Main St, Wolfville *all rights to all posts belong to Hello Weekend.Please don’t copy without permission. Harvest Moon Trail East to West  The Harvest Moon Trail officially opened in the fall of 2017, after the section from Grand Pre to Wolfville was complete, and was the culmination of 20 years of sweat equity from volunteers and stakeholders to make it happen. The trail snakes throughout the heart of our beautiful Annapolis Valley  for 110 km, from Grand Pre to Annapolis Royal, crossing highway #1 in many places and allowing (or forcing) it’s…

  • Backpacking,  Hiking & Walking

    I Quit Cape Chignecto

    Cape Chignecto was a goal, a dream, a Bucket List item. I wanted to see the Three Sisters from up high; to take a selfie with the sign on the cabin saying Carey’s Brook. In the end, I did neither of those things. What happened? January is the month that encourages you to plan,and to make and work steadily towards goals. I feel it was not for nothing that I stumbled across the phrase “ Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone.” I took that literally. I announced my decision to hike Cape Chignecto to all the world via Facebook. I inquired if anyone may be interested in…

  • Beaches,  Biking,  Camping,  Hiking & Walking,  Kayaking,  Nova Scotia,  Paddle and Play,  Play

    26 Nova Scotia Day Trips From A to Z

    I think Nova Scotia is one of th best places to live and explore – I live here and I love it. I want  to share with you some of my favorite Nova Scotia Day Trips A to  Z to start you off on your adventures here. A- Advocate Harbour- I love Advocate Harbour.The scenery is stunning and NovaShores Adventures tours is definitely on my bucket list. Cape d’Or Lighthouse is a steep down hill stroll from the parking lot, but you can grab  a meal or even stay overnight. Please  note that restaurant hours are subject to change without notice so please call ahead 1-902-670-8314 or email at [email protected] (or…

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  • Backpacking

    Clothing for a 4 Day Backpacking Trip

    well, friends it’s been a while. I left you with a promise of returning last post and I just… disappeared for a while. Writing about what to bring and what to do to prepare of backpacking just made it so real for an instant. Scared me. Why? I can do this. It’s up to me how much it will hurt to do it ,but I can  do this. I believe I promised  a list of clothing and personal items I will be bringing. This is my own list and not scrounged ( but not plagiarized! ) from a website. This is for  a 4 day 3 night backing trip to…

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  • Backpacking

    Safety Gear for Backpacking Cape Chignecto

    This week we are going to go over the safety gear to take on a backpacking trip (Cape Chignecto, I’m looking at you) Safety, safety, safety. If you are planning on the shortcut across the beach and/or accessing the beach anywhere along the trail-you will need awareness of the tide times.  It’s best to do  on the ebb tide-which means the tide has been full and it’s dropping- optimally no earlier than about 2 hours after is started going out.The Bay of Fundy takes no prisoners.. Please do not try to cross the beach to the trail head any later than 3 hours before high tide Bring a copy of the…

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  • Backpacking

    Outfitting My Camp Kitchen

    6Four short months form today, I hope we will be chilling in our bunkhouse after completing the arduous journey from Red Rocks. I’m not nervous yet, but I will be. And that’s ok. I’m going to be as  prepared as I know to be and leave the rest to the Man upstairs. I’m not really afraid of wildlife. (Unless I come face to face with one) I’m not afraid of peeing in the woods-done it a thousand times. (I’m a country gal after all) I know I will need to be careful where I put my feet…since falling down seems to be a contact sport with me. Or of getting…

  • Bunkhouse
    Backpacking,  Hiking & Walking

    My Planned Gear List for Cape Chignecto

    Almost as important as starting to get in shape for a backpacking trip, is planning  gear list. Backpacking is not cheap but I am trying to do it as economically as I can, at the same time getting quality. Here the humongous suggested gear list for Cape Chignecto straight from the mouth of Mountain Equipment Co-Op. Because of the looonnngg list I’m going to break it up into several posts. FYI, Because of Covid, MEC is not  offering their gear rental option this year, but hope to in 2023. Too bad because that’s a way to try on backpacking with too much of an investment-in  case you hate it guts.…

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