Walk about - Keji Style

May 23rd, 2016

Walk about - Keji Style
Get your bearings

AS we prepare to move to Australia and start to learn about 'walk-abouts', we decided to prepare by doing a walk about in Keji. Normally, we do a canoe-about, but the wind was a bit too strong and we did not want to have a blow-about on Keji Lake.

Keji is well sign posted, even when on the water, and so with just a bit of attention to detail, you should not get lost.

Walk about - Keji Style
Not so far - just an hour or so

The trails, on and off the water, are groomed and the tricky parts have extra support.

Walk about - Keji Style
Path over wet spots

The old growth forest in Keji is defintely worth the walk to see. The old pines and hemlocks are as big as they get in this part of the country.

Walk about - Keji Style
Look up, look way up

Walk about - Keji Style
Not a Sequoia, but still pretty big

Our goal was the upper or northern chain of lakes. We call this area Frozen Ocean after the largest lake in the chain. At this point, we are 4.5 KM from the parking lot and almost to the closest camp site - #17.

Walk about - Keji Style
In the woods

As a hiking destination, 17 is great. As a canoeing destination, it is far too far to get to for the reward of the site.

Walk about - Keji Style
Waterfront location

Walk about - Keji Style
All sites are great, but there are better for the length of time it takes to canoe here

We were not the only denizens wandering about. We met up with a number of snakes...

Walk about - Keji Style
Totally harmless

... and a few interesting growths.

Walk about - Keji Style
Just a regular old mushroom

After a brief refreshment and a short rest to admire the view, we turned around and walked out.

Walk about - Keji Style
Ready to walk

On our way home, we stopped to take a picture of ourselves in the big red chairs. All parks now have these chairs. Last year, there was a competition to see who could photograph themselves in the most park chairs.

Walk about - Keji Style
Keji Chairs

Just for fun, here we are at the Keji seaside adjunct in their big chairs.

Walk about - Keji Style
On the ocean

Location: Keji, Nova Scotia, Canada

Winter in Port Mouton

April 26th, 2016
Winter in Port Mouton

This winter - 2015-16 - was the first here in Port Mouton for us since 2008. Back then, we actually lived in Dartmouth, and merely visited Port Mouton on the weekends. However, this year, we lived here through the full winter. Since Christmas (see last post), we have been busy with projects, the big job hunt, and enjoying life here. Luckily, we did not have to shovel too much snow. 

Winter in Port Mouton
Annette with shovel

Winter in Port Mouton
Paul with shovel

We did, however, have to chop a lot of wood. After burning through our meagre supply, we had to go to the local wood guy to get more.

Winter in Port Mouton
Annette with wood

Winter in Port Mouton
Paul with wood

I did have a few trips out of town to Red Deer, China and Ireland in search of the new adventure. Ireland (Paddy's house is a great place to stay) would have been nice, but Australia will be great! (you will have to wait for that post!).

Winter in Port Mouton
Paddy was a great host

Winter in Port Mouton
Oscar Wilde - Rogue and inspiration

We also got out of the cottage to visit a few local locales such as,

Winter in Port Mouton
A lovely spot on the Roseway River

and

Winter in Port Mouton
Also on the Roseway River

We did have a few storms that left us with some snow ...

 

Winter in Port Mouton
The library after the snow fall

Winter in Port Mouton
Clearing the way to the storage shed

... and at times threatened to wash us away with high tides ...

Winter in Port Mouton
Waves do come over the rocks down there!

Winter in Port Mouton
Lots of water splashes over - you would not believe it at low tide

but...

.. after the snow stops, the weather can be beautiful.

Winter in Port Mouton
After the plow

However, most of the time, we had great weather and spent time outside tidying the property and enjoying the lovely Queens County atmosphere.

Winter in Port Mouton
Shed in winter

Winter in Port Mouton
Annette bundled up against the cold

Winter in Port Mouton
The cottage with contrast

 

Location: Port Mouton, Nova Scotia, Canada