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Winter reared its ugly head twice last week with early Spring storms that brought 40+ centimetres of snow to Cape Breton. While most of us complained about this, the latest blow from Mother Nature, ski enthusiasts rejoiced... and rushed to the hill!
Now to be honest, I'm not a big fan of cold weather so the extra layers of the white stuff was not a happy occurrence for me. But, we embraced what is left of winter and headed to Ski Ben Eoin for the day. Only 20 minutes from Sydney, we were at the hill in no time.
After the February Blizzard of 2013, I decided to grab my snowshoes and head out for a quick trek at Oakfield Provincial Park.
The first time I went downhill skiing was when I was about 10 years old on a grade 5 class trip to Ski Martock. The only exposure to the sport that I had prior to that was what I had watched on CBC sports. After literally being drug up the hill clinging to the t-bar I chose to totally disregard the snow plow technique taught to us in our group lesson and I proceeded to shoot down the hill the way I saw the pros do it on TV. It felt like the steepest and longest bunny hill ever! But thankfully I had mastered the fine art of wiping out at a young age and managed to survive my first skiing experience to try a few more times before reaching my mid-twenties.
I visited White Point Beach Resort on the evening of Monday, February 25th and on Tuesday the 26th for meetings and had the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular sunset, moonrise, sunrise and sunshine all day long. The beach is a beautiful sight from the conference room and well worth the visit.
I decided to take the drive up to the Pomquet area, specifically to Monks Head to hike the local trails. We parked the car at Chez Deslauriers and checked out the trail map.
The general area was settled by George Monk in 1784, the home that sits on top of the hill was moved to its current location sometime after the 1860's.
It's funny that when I think of thrilling adventure in Nova Scotia, images of tidal river rafting, zip-lining, kayaking, surfing and even snowboarding come to mind. A recent outing reminded me of another equally exciting activity that should be added to this list!
With snow on the ground, there are many hiking adventures that can be tackled. A recommended winter hike would be our late October adventure to the Gully Lake Wilderness Area. This is almost 4,000 hectares of hardwoods and mixed forests. We decided to bring the dogs with us and do one of the shorter hiking loops; Sandy Cope Trail.
Our main goal was to hike for about two hours and drive 5km to nearby Sugar Moon Farms to enjoy some pancakes and maple syrup. A small reward for our adventure.
Outlandish as it seems, there's a place in the province where you could be shovelling your driveway one day and within the next 24-hours find yourself swinging onto the seat of your bike. Warm snaps are not uncommon during January and February in South West Nova Scotia.