I was anxious and excited on my drive from Barrington to White Point...many things going through my head.
How big will the waves be?
Will I be the only one who won't get up on the board?
How much sea water do you think one can swallow before it kills them?
How do you think I'm gonna look in a wetsuit??
Ok, that last one's a little vain....but hey, anything to make a girl look and feel a little thinner!
Rhubarb Punch - Beverages & Canapés, Pg. 33 - May Eisenhauer (Mrs. D. M.)Who knew that rhubarb could be such a versatile vegetable? We can now add drinks to our ever-growing list of recipe uses for rhubarb.
Sherbrooke Village attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year but I was in town with my bike wanting to see some countryside. The temptation to photograph restored period buildings and animators at work did not sway me from my intentions. I left my car in the Sherbrooke Village parking lot and pedaled out of town toward Sonora.
The road goes about 10 kms paralleling the tidal portion of the St. Mary's River. The highlight of this jaunt, for me, was the new wharf. The wharf in Sonora is easy to locate at the end of a short dirt road. It juts out into the river, is very clean and provides an excellent opportunity for snapping some photos.
Annapolis Royal and surrounding areas are an important part of my family history. When I open up a book about our branch of the "Cyr" family, it all started with Pierre Sire who landed in Port-Royal in 1668.
I decided to pass by the area and check out three important sites during the time of Acadian settlement.
The first stop was Port-Royal, the second settlement of Europeans in the Bay of Fundy after the disastrous first winter on St-Croix Island. This sheltered harbour was still rugged, but overall a better location.
Note: This is Part One of a two-part blog. Part Two will follow next week.
Ralph Grizzle just got the ultimate crash course on Atlantic Canada.
And I got to be a part of the Halifax chapter.
'The Avid Cruiser,' as Grizzle is most commonly known, is a widely-respected cruise blogger from North Carolina who was recently in our region with videographer Chris Stanley producing a travel show for cruise ships and Grizzle's website, www.avidcruiser.com.
"It's a new style of travel show," Grizzle said on a drive to Lunenburg about two weeks ago. "It aims to be honest and just to inspire people to get off the ship and into the destination."
In less than two weeks, Grizzle and Stanley were tasked with covering all the best features of the cruise stops in Atlantic Canada - Corner Brook, N.L., Charlottetown, P.E.I., Saint John, N.B., and Sydney and Halifax, N.S. The show is expected to reach an audience of about 3.5 million people.
When he arrived in Halifax on the second-to-last day of filming, Grizzle was already amazed by everything he had experienced in such a short time. From zip lining to trying new food to going out on lobster boats to touring a coal mine, The Avid Cruiser had his hands full on the trip.
"We've been amazed by the diversity of the destinations," Grizzle said. "You can come up here and have a very full cruise experience and you wouldn't have to repeat any experiences if you didn't want to because it's so diverse in the offerings."
Today I am starting on a journey which I am very excited about. I am the winner of the Routes to your Roots contest . For 8 months my sister Linda and I have planned this exciting venture. It will start Monday morning with genealogist Dr. Terry Punch . Dr. Punch has researched our family and I understand he has some great information for us. The meeting with Dr. Punch was part of winning the contest. I will keep you posted on his findings... Maybe we are related to royalty or someone famous. Linda and I will then travel from Halifax on to Inverness with lots of interesting stops along the way. We will post as we go along on our journey.
Clare and Linda
It was my wife Sara's birthday and every couple of years I like to surprise her by whisking her away on an adventure to celebrate the occasion. About five years ago it was tidal river rafting on the Shubenacadie River (AWESOME!!) and two years ago I believe it was a surprise picnic lunch on the beach at Caribou Provincial Park, followed by zip-lining 240 feet high through the treetops near New Glasgow. This year, once again, I wanted to make sure we did something special.
I recently had the opportunity to hike the Chapel Gully Trail in Canso on a warm breezy afternoon. I was the only person there though a glimpse of the log book indicated the trail has had plenty of recent visitors. I enjoyed several hours of seclusion despite knowing I was never far from town.
An observation tower is located on a plateau and yields a scenic 360 degree view that takes in ocean, Camp Glasgow, a bunch of islands and part of the town itself. A look off in another location takes you to the edge of the Gully which, at low tide, barely separates the trail from Little Island.
It's in the homes of rock stars, royalty and collectors all over the world.
It's made right here in Nova Scotia.
And for full disclosure: I didn't really know much about it.
It's NovaScotian Crystal...and it's pretty cool (or hot, depending on your preference between figurative or literal adjectives).
I recently had a chance to go into NovaScotian Crystal on the Halifax Waterfront to see what all the fuss was about. I'd heard they mouth-blow and hand-cut crystal, but I didn't really know what that involved. Now to have seen it first hand, I can tell you it's a must see when you're in Halifax.
This coming Monday, August 1st, is Natal Day and this means it's going to be a long weekend for a lot of us. What better way to spend it then on the Tidal Bore! With a 14.5m tidal variance it's looking to be a bumpy and fun ride. Myself and at least four other kayakers will be there, will you?