Showing posts from August, 2019

CIty Bound : Cole Harbour to Halifax

This morning began bright and early with an act of generosity and kindness from Dwight, who offered to drive us back to the trailhead where we left off yesterday so we could finish the last 12 km of trail in to Halifax. We shared trail stories on the way, and left with wishes for a 'Buen Camino' for him as he heads off with family and friends to begin the 800 km Camino Frances in Spain . The happy memories of our hike there, and the people we met along the way are still strong for us, and will remain so. The last kilometers of our hike in Nova Scotia along the Shearwater Flyer Trail felt like they flew by. The trail was shady, forested, and beautiful, and we were very pleased to see many people out jogging, bicycling, and walking it.             As we approached the outskirts of Dartmouth we got a glimpse of the industry that powers the economy in Dartmouth and Halifax. First we walked past a CN Rail yard full of brand new cars waiting to be shipped away.

Magical Mornings and Atlantic Views : Porters Lake P.P. to Cole Harbour

Yesterday was uneventful, and we felt kind of restless because we spent most of it in the tent. We walked around the Porter's Lake Campground , which is very beautiful, but this wasn't really enough to alleviate the stir crazy atmosphere. The day was filled with scattered showers, which were often accompanied by bouts of high wind. It was warm, muggy, and wet.   One of the highlights was seeing a pair of Ring-necked Pheasants beside our campsite. There were also quite a few American Goldfinches, and several flocks of mixed warblers that included Palm Warblers, Black- throated Green Warblers, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.  Later in the evening, in the midst of the storm we were even visited by a cute Porcupine! By later afternoon the winds began to pick up and the rain began in earnest. Overnight we got some respectable gusts of wind that made us glad to be inland, and glad we had taken the sensible precaution of pegging everything down very well. This