Celebrating Canada’s 150 birthday means parties and special events this entire year. I mentioned in an earlier post on Nova Scotia’s National Parks & Historic sites that I’m doing my best to get to some of these.
During Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Festival such an opportunity presented itself. George’s Island was opened for tours, a concert and a Taste of Nova Scotia event were held there.
What could I do-I bought tickets to the tunnel tours and hopped on the ferry.
Camping old school-gotta love it.
Some of us still use tents for camping. Maybe not as luxurious. Maybe a bit more weather dependant. Maybe more caution must be taken so your snacks don’t get pilfered by racoons.
But still, if you are into that kind of thing-and I am, it can be a whole lot of fun.
We assume you have done your research and chosen a date and maybe even booked your site-spots such as Kejimkujik National Park as usually very busy Thursdays to Sundays.
Further to that, we assume you have planned a menu with easy to carry and cook foods and have a shopping list.
And that you know what clothes you need.
Because this list is for equipment you will need to take for camping:
Set up tent to ensure all the necessary components are there and that it hasn’t sprouted any holes since last use.
Try out stove before leaving- you don’t want any nasty surprises when you are ready to cook supper at the campground.
Also: Pack food in a cooler that you can store safely in the car at night.
And now, the basic camping equipment:
Tent (make sure you have the tent poles and pegs along with a hammer/hatchet to drive pegs into the ground )
Extra tarp or canopy Of course, it won’t rain, but…..
Thick foam pad or air mattress( with pump) and sleeping bag for each camper
Lawn chairs for around the campfire
Bug repelling candles
Flashlights (extra batteries) needed for nighttime bathroom forays..and checking out noises in the dark
Lantern fuel or batteries
Fuel for camping stove
Waterproof matches or lighter
Firewood, kindling AND paper plus said hatchet (burning paper plates to try to get your fire started will only get you so far.) Most campground will have firewood for sale-some even forbid you bringing wood with you. This campgroundwood is often not so dry.I would still bring dry kindling. Don’t even think about using the trees around your campsite. No.No. No.
Pot with cover
Portable coffee maker( or boil water in your pot and have instant coffee)
Large water jug (you’ll need water for cooking and to put out that fire)
Plastic tablecloth and pegs to keep it from blowing into the campsite across the way
Roasting sticks for marshmallows and hot dogs.
Resealable food-storage containers,
Sandwich bags, water bottles for hikes and stuff
Large garbage bags good for stuffing wet tent in upon departure, also makeshift rain coat.
Several yards of thin rope and clothes pins.
Plates, mugs, cutlery,corkscrew, can opener, bottle opener
Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
Biodegradable dish soap
SOS pad, dishcloth, dishtowel, dish pan.
Want to print the list and take it with you? Click the link. Camping List
When I was a wee slip of a girl of 16, my best friend and I used to pretend to be adults by walking up across the dyke from North Grand Pre and having toast at this little restaurant on the corner of highway one and Grand Pre Road.
During the decades, yes decades, that have passed since I last had toast at the Evangeline Inn Cafe, it’s popularity has boomed. It’s hard to even find a place to park. And while a good part of that infamy is the pie (proclaimed as one of Nova Scotia’s 10 Signature Dishes in May of 2015 by Bill Spurr of the Chronicle Herald),pie is not what we are after.
Soon to be officially opened, Harvest Moon Trailway will span 117 kms though the Annapolis Valley, connecting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Grand Pre with the charming town of Annapolis Royal. The Grand Opening of the Tupperville-to Annapolis Royal section is scheduled for July 8, while August 19 marks the official opening of the Wolfville to Grand Pre portion. I’ve made it my mandate to commute via trail at least once a week this summer.
Well, lazy is kind of unfair. It’s just that Nova Scotia is soooo blasted hilly, these Rails to Trails sections are a treat.
Kentville Rails to Trails
I hopped on my bike after work and headed down behind Memorial Park to connect with the trail going east towards Wolfville. The trail is pavement or crushed rock ,and Kentville Rec.keeps it trimmed and groomed pretty much year round.
The trail does require touring a bit of downtown Kentville, from behind the post office along Webster St. to Station Lane, and along Justice way to reconnect with the actual trail.
Interesting tidbit. There are two stations along the Kentville section of the trail that have tools in case your bike needs a repair-flat tire or some such minor annoyance. I love that idea although I am not sure I would be able to service my bike even with tools.
Ok,so let’s assume you are not going to be packing a stroller and diapers, nor squeezing your vacation within the two weeks your grandson gets off work-although you could do either of these.
But for the sake of this blog, let’s say these grandkids are old enough to dress themselves-out of diapers and without a driver’s license of their own.
You do know what that means, right? It means at that age,they will have opinions, expectations and unique tastes.
Ignore this at your own risk. Seriously.
Now, you may be lucky enough to see your grand babies on a regular basis and from that, you know them pretty well. However, all bets are off when you are on the road.
I’m always looking for new activities to write about, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design’s “Artist for a Day”event tweaked my interest. Held serendipitously the day before Mother’s Day, it gives little and big kids alike an opportunity to create something hand made. Halifax is a pretty easy city to get around in, but if you aren’t a city driver, hop on Metro Transit and take a loooonng, leisurely ride from to the downtown core.
I’ve started taking a online blogging course through WordPress that will help me with branding and growing this thing.
Today’s home work:
Create 3 goals that will help solidify my ultimate plan for blogging.
I am a new blogger. A Bloggie if you will. I have tried before but…oh,you know.The excuses we all have not to continue with something we started.
I believe now, that the time wasn’t right. The topic wasn’t right. I wasn’t right for God’s sake.
I was steadfastly trying to stuff myself and my work into a cookie cutter shape I thought other people would enjoy.
I can tell you right now.That does not work. Not with blogging.Not with self-esteem. Not with joy. And certainly not with finding my passion.
I’m not even sure what happened, but I suddenly realized that the things I am actually passionate about local travel, enjoying new experiences and sharing what I’ve learned with others. Quelle suprise. I’ve only worked over 2 decades in the provincial tourism industry .Duh.
In pondering my goals going forward( and of course, they need to be concrete not wishy-washy) I’ve decided on the following:
Have 1000 loyal readers in my first year (gulp)
Purchase a good camera this year and learn how to use it to create great photos
Turn this blog into a profitable business that includes hosting Hello weekend retreats. I’ve given myself 2 years for this.
So for all you folks out there who have given up even thinking they have a passion-as I did-don’t give up. For all those who are finally charting a course that’s true to you-hat’s off and yippeee! And for all of you who think you are to old and people will think you’re crazy- guess what-you’re not and they will. And it won’t matter a bit.
Masstown Market,just west of Truro at Exit #12 on the Trans Canada Highway, has been a favorite stopping place for travelers since 1969.
We’ve been several times, and decided to take a drive up that way Easter Sunday.
The parking lot was packed-even more so than usual. While the garden centre was not yet open, but as usual there was plenty of gawking to be done. Gift shop, local wines, beer and cider, produce section, deli, bakery and restaurant.
as well as a grocery section.