After writing my blog here yesterday and doing some things here around the house, I got to talking with my partner. He asked what I was planning to do for the day, and I told him that I didn’t really plan to do any major work until Monday. It was turning out to be a beautiful day outside, with not a cloud in the sky and the temperatures already warm, so it didn’t take much discussion for us to decided – - ROAD TRIP!!!
I may be OK with staying inside all winter, but on days like this there is nothing better than taking the top down on the car and heading out on the road. My car is seven years old now, and I paid it in full last year. I have decided to keep it in storage from November until the end of March because it just isn’t made for a Nova Scotia winter. Last year was my first year of being without my own transportation for those months. It was an adjustment, but with good planning and some patience, it works for me. I am a homebody anyway in the winter and it saves me the trouble of scraping and shoveling snow and the aggravation of trying to drive the beast in conditions that I shouldn’t be out in. I can’t really afford another “winter” car yet, and I am enjoying the fact that I finally paid it off after six years of payments. I like to rest on that right now and not have another pressure.
On days like this however, it is what working hard the other days are all about. This is my seventh summer here in Nova Scotia and although we had some nice drives and road trips last year, there was really too much going on for me to appreciate them as I can now. I live in a beautiful part of the country that is filled with history and a variety of natural beauty that is hard to find anywhere else. There are forests, coasts, waterfalls, lighthouses and rivers to explore and they are all here in my own back yard.
One of my favorite past times when I have time off is to play ‘tourist’ and explore new areas. I am really glad my partner here likes to do the same. At the drop of the hat on a nice day we just jump in the car with a couple of supplies and we are off.
Yesterday, we traveled up the 101 on the west side (our side) of the province and crossed through Bear River and took Rt 8 across the middle to the South Shore. We passed Kejimkujik Provincial Park which is a wonderful place of adventure in itself, and almost stayed there. But we didn’t get started until about 11am and it was already after 1pm when we were there so we decided to get some information on it and plan a trip in the near future. (I can’t wait for that one. It is so beautiful there!)
We continued across Nova Scotia until we got to the town of Milton, which is one of many beautiful towns. There is a small waterfall near the bridge and I got some pictures of the area.
|From Day Car Trip July 31, 2010|
We continued on to Liverpool, which is on the coast and headed down the South Shore. There was a beautiful place called White Point Beach where we stopped to enjoy the beautiful view and huge rocks strewn along the white sand. The water was cold, but I had to get at least my feet wet:
|From Day Car Trip July 31, 2010|
(I think I may see Martyn waving way in the background!)
We drove along the shoreline as much as the roads would allow and saw so many beautiful scenes and houses and places! It was just perfect. We stopped in Historic Shelburne for a great dinner overlooking the ocean and then we continued back to Yarmouth and back home. We didn’t arrive home until after 9pm and I was pretty tired from all the fresh air and sun, but it was a memorable day and well worth it!
If you want to see more pictures (I didn’t want to put a lot here) you can click on the name of the picture and it will bring you to my Picasa album, I think. Lost of people ask me what it is like here and I love to share pictures if I remember to take them. I also love to see all the places where you all live and it is fun to hear about other people’s adventures.
So all in all, it was a great day. I still didn’t get to the house here, but I don’t think that matters. It will be here when I get the chance. I have the cookout today and can get some stuff done before I head out for that.
So you see, guys – I do know how to relax! After living in this awesome place for so long, I have hardly seen any of its beauty. I can’t wait for the trip to Keji, which will be coming up in a few weeks. They have some incredible walking/biking trails there and I have a carrier for the bikes that works well with my car. It is really nice to have something to work for that is so fulfilling and yet doesn’t cost much to do. Sometimes life’s simpler pleasures ARE the best, aren’t they?
Have a great Sunday everyone!
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