Family and friends are asking what we plan to do when we return from our "big adventure" in July 2014.To tell you the truth,we have no idea. One thought is that we might work as campground hosts for the summer. So earlier this week we decided to check out a couple of local parks.
It actually is two parks offering two totally different experiences.
The main park is in the centre of Southwestern Nova Scotia You can experience nature at its best here by camping in a beautiful, serviced, wooded campsite or at a remote wilderness site. While here discover historic canoe routes, experience Mi’kmaw petroglyphs, and swim in the warm waters of Kejimkujik Lake. It is best explored by water so we didn't spend much time there. But it is beautiful and would be a great spot to be a camp host.
Although it is in a very rural and isolated spot, approximately 70 kms from Bridgewater and Liverpool on the south shore and 80 kms from Digby on the Fundy shore, it does have a few services near the entrance to the park. Including this cafe:
|The Wildwood Cafe|
|Arch had this smoked salmon bagel, complete with capers, red onion and lemon|
|and I had asparagus quiche with a very fresh side salad|
|beside the patio - a great spot to enjoy a coffee|
Located about 70 kms south of the main park, on the ocean, is the Kejimkujik Seaside. While the inland park is spectacular the seaside is much more what we enjoy. Great hiking and spectacular ocean views.
So we decided to hike out to the beach. 5.5 kms. Round trip. Despite the fact that the only hiking we've done all summer was on the golf course.
|Our destination was on the far side of the 2nd point of land, we think|
We were greeted by this at the start of the trail:
|Oh well, we'll just make a lot of noise|
So off we go:
As we come out of the seaside forest and into the coastal barrens we can see the ocean in the distance - a long way to go:
We loved the Keji Seaside but unfortunately there is no camping there. After leaving the park we stopped at Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, which is close by, for a look. It was very nice with large sites, lots of trees, etc, but no services - not even for the campground host. There is water and a dump station available but I cannot imagine going for a month without electricity. So much for campground hosting here!
|the thin area of dark blue is the ocean|
|Then a fork in the road - we chose the trail on the left, Harbour Rocks|
|Harbour Rocks in the distance|
|Cannot really see the seals from here|
|So across the point we go to another beach and a seal viewing area|
|With an information panel|
|And there are the seals, basking in the sun|