Attending #hikenovascotia summit this spring introduced me to new trails - those already well-travelled and others in-the-making - and to kindred-spirit hiking friends. Two of whom (#mindymccleave and #meganmoore) were eager to test new tents and experience a first over-nighter on the trail. I suggested we choose an entry-level hike within 3 hours of our homes, where I experienced my foray into overnight camping with @hammerhead @toesalad @reneetougas @brienne @mypictograph @celine, the Bluff Wilderness Trail which I’ve posted about before. https://wrweo.ca/wp/blufftrailmaprevised2016-10-26/. For having just met we were a very compatible three-some: stopped regularly for photos and snacks and views, shared enjoyable trail-talk, and maintained a steady hiking pace that got us into camp early enough for a dip in the lake, short trek to stream to filter water, and have supper eaten before the black flies chased us to our tents. A full moon; a symphony of peepers, loons, owls, geese - a magical night leading into the next day’s 4-hour hike back to the trailhead.
To and from the parking lot, plus the perimeter of the four trail loops and one cross-cut, we hiked about 33 KM - each carrying packs with 25-34 lb. We all agreed we’d packed along more than needed (excluding the tetra pak of red wine!) and that the trek was a unanimous success to launch into over-night hiking!
Saturday, May 13 was a stellar outdoor day, and being host and tour guide for family visitors (my oldest brother and sister-in-law), a perfect opportunity for a short hike at Blomidon Provincial Park, Nova Scoita. This same view @hammerhead and I have appreciated in another season on snowshoes.
I attended my first #hikenovascotia Summit this weekend, (Apr 28-30) near Tatamagouche in North Cumberland county https://www.cumberlandcounty.ns.ca/explore-cumberland.html - interesting presentations about “all things hiking” - in our province, Canada and the world. My hiking destination bucket list is longer, I’ve a new appreciation for trail-making and maintenance, my portfolio about gear and safety knowledge is expanding, and my hiking friendships base is rippling wider and wider! What really excited me is that a couple longer, several-day hiking trails are initiatives in the works! Seven of us (and visitors who loved to play games!) shared a large AirB&B house . Like most active people who wholeheartedly engage with others so-minded - the few hours we spent inside this house was an experience in laughter, unlimited delicious (mostly) healthy food, deepening friendships - and a beautiful ocean view. @janicerand, @yvonnekerr, @lynnmorrison, @nancymarieveinot .....https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/13362046. Great weekend, gifted with fine hiking weather, and kudos to https://www.hikenovascotia.ca for job well done. I hope to attend in 2018 at Cape Breton.
The Bluff Wilderness Trail, https://wrweo.ca/wp/the-bluff-trail/, is a gem for enjoying wilderness so close to an urban area, in this case Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, Canada. My husband and I have hiked some or all the loops available several times; thank you to @toesalad and family for introducing it to us. April 23, 2017, was the earliest in the season we’ve hiked here, offering a different, more open view without the foliage. Very few hikers but a nice trek - logged close to 20KM.
This Christmas holiday season some of our family @hammerhead @reneetougas got out to enjoy our “quasi-tradition” of a Boxing Day (December 26th) hike on Hirtle’s Beach and Gaff Point (Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada). Compared to a very windy Christmas Day, it was a crisp but fine day - a perfect 7Km trek to build an appetite for leftover-turkey-with-trimmings supper. Shades of brown and green rather than white which suited me just fine!
Wonderful to have two women friends join me on September 5th for a long hike - about 25K, the perimeter of The Bluff Wilderness Trail, https://wrweo.ca/wrweo2014/BluffTrail/webMap.html - close to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. This trail has four connected loops, excellent for choosing a trail depending on time frame, desire, and stamina. The first loop, Pot Lake Loop, has plenty of roots, rocks and boulders to navigate. A good workout with views for the effort. Pressing in to the back two loops, Bluff Loop and Hay Marsh Loop, you’re rewarded with a wilderness experience with open views of lakes, huge rocks (erratics) with some camping spots if you wish to make it a two-day adventure. Our day was warm with the occasional (very welcome) breeze, no bugs - limited wildlife: a few birds and two small green snakes.