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11 Bucket List Adventures to Make the Most of Summer

11 Bucket List Adventures to Make the Most of Summer

How often do we look so forward to summer and then-whoosh.It’s gone. It’s May and then September already. How the hell does that happen? I’ll tell you how. We don’t plan. I am the first to admit I love spontaneity. However, as much fun as that can be, without some sort of  a plan in place, the months just sort of slip by.

Hiking Etiquette On and Off the Trail

Hiking Etiquette On and Off the Trail

As someone who hikes fairly frequently, I have noticed a marked increase in trail use over the last 10 years. Like all activities involving the human race, more people can sometimes equal more rudeness, carelessness and frustration, most of which can be virtually eliminated by adhering to a few (mostly) unspoken rules. For instance, who has the right of way on a trail? The hierarchy so to speak goes like this: Bikers yield to hikers. That being said, I have…

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Winter Walk at Keji

Winter Walk at Keji

Anyone who knows me knows I love Kejimkujik National Park for all kinds of reasons. I can jump on my bike like a wild and fearless 11 year old and rock along the narrow trail from Slapfoot to  Jake’s Landing, pack a bologna sandwich and kayak traditional Mi’kmaq waterways, swim under a falls, hike an old growth forest, roast hot dogs under a canopy of stars , take in a night theater or a guided walk…so much to do. Keji is…

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Forest Lakes Trails -Hike to Cameron Lake

Forest Lakes Trails -Hike to Cameron Lake

Don’t you love Facebook events? It’s an opportunity to find trails I would probably never know about. This was the case on a recent frosty Sunday when a couple of  friends and I took advantage of a guided trail along the Forest Lakes Trail system in Ardoise. Forest Lakes is a country club with luxury seasonal and overnight housing rentals and real estate. Out of my price range ? Absolutely. No matter. The trails are open to everyone. I suspect…

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13 Things You Need to Know Before You Date a Hiker

13 Things You Need to Know Before You Date a Hiker

So, you’ve met this person-and you are on your first date.  You getting to know each other over a double-double . It’s going well, all talk about jobs and home towns and interests. He mentions he loves the outdoors and especially hiking. You don’t bother to say you…don’t. Or, at least,that you are not very familiar with this activity. Or even  a big fan of the great outdoors.  After all, how bad can it be to date a person who…

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A January Walk Around Graves island

A January Walk Around Graves island

Nova Scotia has soooo many awesome trails that walking around a provincial park may not at first come to mind.Of course ,parks like Blomidon and Cape Split are well-known, but don’t rule these smaller gems like Graves Island out of you walking repertoire. To be honest, we were headed to Polly’s Cove trail, but once again Google maps thwarted our best efforts to find the trail head.Curses!     Graves Island is a popular provincial park located on Highway 3…

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Atlantic View Trail

Atlantic View Trail

The Atlantic View Trail is located within the Halifax Regional Municipality near Lawrencetown -it stretches for almost 20  km round trip along the abandoned Musquodoboit trail bed and so far we have only done part of this beautiful coastal trail section – from the end of highway 207 just past Three Fathom Harbour Road in Porters Lake. Entrance can also be gained from the opposite end, at the Lawrencetown Community Centre.   I’d rate this trail as easy (find other…

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Hiking the Coney Brook Trail

Hiking the Coney Brook Trail

Since experiencing the beautiful Skyline Trail along the Cabot Trail  last September,we’ve been planning for almost  a year to hike to do it again in October when the fall leaves would be at their most vibrant. Mother Nature had a different idea. Skyline was closed due to aggressive moose behavior-it is the rutting season after all. So. No Skyline. 🙁 .alas. (However we were very lucky to see a pair of moose across from the Coney Brook trail head)  …

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7 Great Ways to View The Fall Colors

7 Great Ways to View The Fall Colors

  I love fall-everything is  brighter and crisper. No humidity. No mosquitoes. It makes me feel like actually DOING something. Not work. No. I mean fun things. And there are a lot of choices. Hikes. Kayaking. Just a drive with a stop for a quick fall picnic. Right now, leaves are just starting to turn in some spots. In another week or so and everything will be gor-ge-ous. So, here we go: Drive this Fall If you are out for…

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Taylor Head Hiking Trail Kicked My **s

Taylor Head Hiking Trail Kicked My **s

Well, it’s true I am much older now then the last time we hiked this particular peninsula on the Eastern Shore, and that  may be part of the reason I was beat when I finished the Taylor Head Spry Bay and Headland Trails, a combined 8.15 to the parking lot..But I have done the  Keji Seaside Adjunct, Skyline Trail  and Cape Split and neither were  not nearly as painful. And that was before my total knee replacement this past spring. Or…

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