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3 Big Mistakes I Made While Backpacking the Bluff Wilderness Trail

3 Big Mistakes I Made While Backpacking the Bluff Wilderness Trail

  Last week, when the blog on the Bluff Wilderness Trail was posted, I promised to share the lessons I learned on this backpacking trip. They may not look like big mistakes, but together or even separately, they could cause big headaches or worse.  Full disclosure: I ‘m a bit embarrassed to admit them, but here they are.   I cheaped out on a sleeping bag.  I have a good sleeping bag, but it’s big and heavy.I wanted one small…

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The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail

The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail

    For a while, I have had this reoccurring thought that I needed to get out of my comfort zone. So when a friend asked me if I’d like to go back packing along the Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail-I said sure. Back country camping was something I have been wanting to do, but …I’ll admit it.I was afraid of big furry beasties. Turns out, beasties were not the problem   [click_to_tweet tweet=”Let me just say this right off- the…

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Annapolis Royal’s Candlelight Graveyard Tour

Annapolis Royal’s Candlelight Graveyard Tour

I have been wanting to take this candlelight graveyard tour since I was invited last year. Sometimes it takes a while for plans to fall into place- I am glad they finally did for this. Alan Melanson is a  storyteller extraordinaire, and he spins his tale for nearly an hour and a half with wit, insight and myriad tidbits of historical information. I only wish I could remember a third of it. It’s small wonder that this is an award…

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3 Easy Trails in West Hants

3 Easy Trails in West Hants

Sometimes, you don’t want to struggle along a steep, rocky, long hike. Sometimes you just want a few kilometers outside in nature-I know I do, which is why I am sharing the information on these pretty easy trails in West Hants. Keep in mind, there are other great trails in West Hants, but today it’s gonna be these 3- Irishman’s Road, Smiley’s Provincial Park and the Salt Marsh Trail in Cheverie. Irishman’s Road Trail This is one of my oft…

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Take the Self Guided Fundy Eco Tour

Take the Self Guided Fundy Eco Tour

The Fundy Shore Eco Tour used to be a thing. I mean a great Nova Scotia attraction years ago, with branded signage and brochures.These days you may find the odd beat up sign, but you would look long and hard to find brochures/maps. I did some digging-as I love to do-and managed to unearth one online. Why? Because I love that shoreline and want others to experience it. So selfless. So helpful.So full of sh**. As I studied the old…

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The Green Elephant Cafe, Kingston

The Green Elephant Cafe, Kingston

The Green Elephant is a spot in Kingston that I have driven by many times but have never managed to stop and go in. Today, I went in. It was only about 11:30 and I was shocked at how busy it was. Well, maybe not shocked-I’d heard good things about the place. I was lucky to get a seat, though. Service was practically immediate,considering how busy it was. I was greatly tempted  by the Caesar wrap-one of my favs, but…

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Maritime Cider Express Company

Maritime Cider Express Company

I don’t drink and this, perhaps, puts me a distinct disadvantage when it comes to writing alcohol related posts. How would I know what was good and what was ….plonk. So a visit to Maritime Express Cider wasn’t about the cider, even though I’m told it’s very very good. It’s about a start up of a company looking to combine local history with local produce and  churn out a delicious cider served in a charming atmosphere. The setting is a…

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The Jodrey Trail, Blomindon Provincial Park in 2019

The Jodrey Trail, Blomindon Provincial Park in 2019

It’s been several decades since I hiked the Jodrey trail and all I remember about it was that it was muddy and steep. Guess what? it’s still steep. The trail climbs 190m winding through hardwood forests up, up and up! I know 190m is not much for the lot of you fit as a fiddle folk-but it is for me and it’s one of the reasons I wanted to try it again. Was it as hellish as I remembered? It…

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How to Throw an Axe -Halimac Kentville

How to Throw an Axe -Halimac Kentville

Kick boxing move over! We’ve found another way to release tension. Throwing an ax is very satisfying. We tried it at Halimac Kentville.You would think throwing axes and beer would not be  a good combination- but actually, they are! Halimac Kentville (where I test my skill)  hosts leagues, groups and individual ax throwing play. Let me tell you-it feels pretty good. Freeing actually. Powerful. Seems the trick is to grasp the weapon, er, I mean ax, behind your head tightly…

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The Church Brewing Company

The Church Brewing Company

Truth be told, when I am casing a joint to blog about, I usually just plop myself down , order some food, surreptitiously snap a few pictures, do some  research and craft a blog post from my findings- it’s not often I get a deluxe tour and the lowdown on a restaurant. I was luckily enough to get just that at the Church Brewing Company in Wolfville. Erin Haysom, who along with her husband Matt, brother-in-law Steve Haysom, restaurant manager…

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