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  • Backpacking,  Hiking & Walking

    Research and More Research-Cape Chignecto

    I’ve always loved research, and it’s going to stand me in good stead for this trek. I’ve decided my best chance at success is to go as light as I can with my gear. Its not like I’m attempting the Appalachian Trail.. but a 52 km loop with numerous gut grinding climbs is nothing to sneeze at either. I’m a backpacking rookie. I’ve taken a backpacking course and I’ve done the Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail before with a very knowledgeable friend who held my hand throughout the entire process and that’s it. I’ve hiked lots and some of them were damn hard. But not Chignecto hard. And not lugging 30…

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  • Hiking & Walking,  Museums

    Red Spruce Loop Mount Uniacke Estate Park

    I can finally say I have completed all the hiking trails in the Mount Uniacke Estate Park-it always seem the Red Spruce Loop got a miss for some reason or other. Last fall, it was because it was flooded during our ‘Mud Hike of 2021 ‘. Those of you who joined me on that hike will know what I mean. This hike is just over 4.5 km and rims Uniacke Lake for part of it and the turns uphill and into the woods. We wore our ice cleats and I’m glad we did…. although some of the trail was bear a of it has ice or hard packed slippery snow.…

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  • Backpacking,  Hiking & Walking

    Unlikely Hiker

    I’m doing it! I’m actually going to hike the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail.It’s  been on my radar for years, ever since Hubby and I did a stretch from Red Rocks to Refugees Cove many years ago. I thought then those ascents would kill me. Why did I wait so long? Simply put…Fear…I would do what seemed like a difficult hike and I’d tell myself  “You’d never be able to do Chignecto” ! Cape Chignecto is  rumored to be a spectacular wilderness  backpacking path  which provides a scenic  and challenging hiking experience . Most websites list it as difficult-I’m not surprised. Different sites also list it as being 44-52 km depending…

  • Hemlocks and Hardwoods-Nova Scotia Day Trips
    Hiking & Walking

    Hemlocks and Hardwoods Trail- Exploring Kejimkukjik

    I’ve spent a lot of time at Keji over the years, camping with the kids,with the husband, by myself. I’ve hiked it and biked it and kayaked to an island for lunch. One of Keji’s most popular trails I hadn’t had a chance to explore until recently is the Hemlocks and Hardwoods trail. The trail starts at the parking lot at Big Dam Lake.  Unless you are like us and go in January, when  the gate to Big Dam Lake road is closed.This adds several kilometers to your hike (out and back)    This trail is roughly a 5km mostly looped route  rated as moderate. I think most people would…

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  • Hiking & Walking

    Hiking Gaff Point

    There’s a a trail in Lunenburg Co. that is  (one of ) my new favorites…It’s Gaff Point,located about an hour and a half from Halifax. As part of  the trailhead, you need to across pebbly Hirtles’ Beach. but if you go during low tide you can walk across sand instead of rock.  Wear good hiking shoes regardless. Next, there is a short climb through a privately owned field. Please heed signs for keeping gate shut, etc. The hike is just over 7 km , and rims around around the Point. Much of the trail is easy traveling, but you’ll encounter roots and rocks. Look out for  wet sections and some…

  • Annapolis Valley,  Fall,  Paddle and Play

    Apple Picking Time in the Annapolis Valley

    Updated Sept 3 2021 Now that strawberry picking season is over and blueberries will be finished before you know it-it’s  apple picking time! It’s a favorite time of year for many.And why not?  Enjoying the crisp clear fall air, biting into tart and juicy apple, the feeling of filling the larder for the winter…. In this post, I’m going to give you tips to make the most of this great fall activity, from the correct way to pick to choosing the best apples for cooking and for eating and finish off with a few Annapolis Valley U Picks for you to try. Full disclosure. I have picked apples. But not…

  • Beaches,  Paddle and Play

    Now’s the time…to have a corn boil!

    The corn is readdyyyy…. sweet, juicy flavourful ears, a sprinkle of salt, butter dripping down your chin. What could be better? Eating on the beach, that’s what! Having a corn boil is not only a great way to celebrate the harvest and summer, its also a wonderfully easy way to host a gathering. Gather these supplies A big pot. Keep in mind that the usual 6 litre pot will only hold a half dozen ears. A stockpot is better. An old stockpot is best, because it will get black on the bottom and sides. Bring lots of small dry kindling , small (as in width) split firewood Matches or lighter.…

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  • Hiking & Walking,  Nova Scotia

    Hiking the Liscombe River Trail

    Nova Scotia Eastern Shore is home to some gorgeous scenery and great trails, such as Taylor Head Provincial Park and the Gibraltar Trail Liscombe River Trail has been on my to-do list for several years now. I had no idea what is what like, but I soon found out once I started out along it. This week we took a mini staycation at Liscombe Lodge with a couple of friends and our doggos. The plan was for the guys to fish and my friend and I would hike the 9.6 km trail. No problem. I’ve hiked harder and longer trails. Liscombe Lodge requires you sign out on going on the…

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  • Advice,  Paddle and Play,  Play

    10 Tidbits for Tubing the Gaspereau River

    Tubing is on my list this summer. Of course it’s been on my list for the last few summers, but have I gotten there?? Nooooo. Its a hella fun thing to do and if you haven’t tried it, I suggest you put it on your Summer To Do List. Here are some tips for the newbies out there.. 10 Tips for Tubing the Gaspereau River  Join this private Facebook  Group.  This is run by the owner of King of the River Tube Rentals and she is in regualr contact with Nova Scotia Power. She posts when the river is up and running or down. Down means you will walk the…

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  • Hiking & Walking,  Waterfalls

    Morse’s (Moore’s) Brook Falls

    More Kings County explorations. This time it’s Morse Brook Falls in New Minas. This is a spot I’ve wanted to find since an acquaintance mentioned it to me…. This is a lovely set of three falls with a spectacular 50 ft one in the middle, and we had the most fun getting there. The far side of the brook is a high rock wall. The trail is about 2 km out and back. Any of the pools beneath the falls are really too shallow to swim. Some accounts I’ve read say it’s a good hike for kids…but I wouldn’t be bringing little ones. Now, the path up the brook  can…

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