A holistic health coach and outdoor activity enthusiast. Kayaking, cycling, snow shoeing - and thanks to OutSideWay’s creator - back country hiking reigns as my favourite. Sharing outdoor adventures with my husband and family “fills my well” - and encouraging, coaching women in the 50+ age zone to experience the pleasures and challenges of the outdoors is my “venture-in-process”.
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Day 3 - a shorter ride beginning in Port William, looping up through Canning, and Kingsport. Heading up to Fox Hill Cheese for a pre-lunch gelato stop, @hammerhead and friend Paul pulled off for a photo stop that looks more like South America than a Maritime countryside! https://www.strava.com/activities/1072072635 (strava info and photo thanks to cycling parter Janice).
Day 2 -an out and back loop: Grande Pre-beach-motel to Avondale Winery. A welcome pre-lunch snack stop by the lake in Windsor, @hammerhead with our friends, Paul and Janice R. Stopping - especially for food - is a big deal for us :-) Lunch was several grinding hills later at the winery, sitting in the shade, enjoying a vineyard view. A 109Km ride on hills and in full sunshine! https://www.strava.com/activities/1071111735.
Perfect ending to day one - joined by friends at the Beach Breeze Motel, Grande Pre. @hammerhead and Paul R catching the last of the sunset on Evangeline Beach (Minas Basin/Atlantic Ocean).
A delightful discovery on the #201 about halfway between Paradise and where our car was parked in Middleton. Cold water, some wine tasting, a decadent dessert, and a bottle of White Cranberry Wine purchased and carefully stowed in the “bento box” on my bike. Enjoyed an intersting chat with the owners of http://www.beavercreekwinery.com - who have successfully capitalized on their beautiful setting for hosting weddings - working hard and loving what they do!
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.