Like many people our original plans for this summer have drastically changed. We were going to use my Sabbatical from work to spend time in Alberta visiting family. As that couldn’t happen we decided we would see some of our local area that we don’t spend enough time in.
We had started going to places early on and exploring new spots, but recently a great initiative was started called the Nova Scotia Staycation Scavenger Crawl. It is a contest where teams can enter supporting the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, and then possibly win prizes by visiting a list of places across our beautiful province.
There are 20 places on the list, some close and that we’ve visited before, but others quite far that we’ve never been to. This was a good list and excuse to explore so we signed up and are off to a good start. We have 13 our of 20 and plans to get the rest.
There were a few items on Cape Breton Island which is about the furthest a way from us as you can get, so we planned a few day trip to visit. The kids have never been there, and I haven’t been since I was a kid. It is beautiful and we’re already planning our next visit.
The Skyline Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands was about my favourite place we’ve been yet. I could have sat at a point in the trail looking out over the water from the edge for hours admiring the beauty.
We also visited Fortress Louisbourg which is a National Historic site that takes you back in time and explore what life may have been like in the 1700s.
One of the other items on the list is the Big Fiddle.
We had family and friends with us for the trip which made it even more enjoyable. This was also our first time staying in a hotel for a long time. Things were different but seemed good. Things weren’t super busy, everything seemed cleaner than normal, and we could even book time at the pool where our group had it to ourselves.
Looking forward to visiting the rest of the spots on the crawl and visiting Cape Breton again.
Picture it, a beautiful summer evening, you’re with your family on a beautiful warm beach having a photo session with a photographer. The sun is setting and the sky looks as though an artist has used it as their canvas.
While others are having their picture taken you are walking through the edge of the water. Your kids are close by playing and walking in the water as well looking for hermit crabs and shells. You hear your wife say to your daughter, what are you doing, you can’t be taking pictures with your phone over the water like that.
You turn to look and see that the scene should be captured in a picture. You reach into your pocket to pull out your phone and oops. You look down and in the clear water you can clearly see the WordPress logo on your case staring back up at you. Quickly you pick it up and turn it off, but instantly you know it’s over. You look to your wife and daughter and say or else this could happen and show them the phone dripping with salt water.
On the way home you stop and pick up rice and put the phone in to dry it out. Knowing full well that might work if it were fresh water that might stand a chance.
This afternoon, together with a bunch of friends and family, we headed to the shore. The beach is a all rocks and is at Scot’s Bay on the Bay of Fundy. The tides are huge and as we were getting there it was on it’s way out. It doesn’t take long before there is a long walk to get to the water.
It is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon. We had a fire which we used to cook hot dogs for lunch and then roast marshmallows for s’mores afterwards. The kids love playing together running around. Digging in the rocks, collecting shells and playing in the water.
There was an installation of Uncommon Common Art there which was very cool. The artist, Genny Killin, created an installation called What was Left Behind: Ribs. It is the ribs of a ship made from recycled cans. In the past there have been some installations with this project that I didn’t appreciate but most, including this one, are really neat to come across.
Spending time laying next to the ocean having great conversation with friends is the perfect way to end a weekend and recharge for the weeks reality to begin again.