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Clocks slay time… time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.  William Faulkner

You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.  James Matthew Barrie

Who forces time is pushed back by time; who yields to time finds time on his side. The Talmud

Near Port Bickerton

Time is a mystifying substance. I find it difficult to know just what an hour is. I know it is 60 minutes, of course, but beyond that everything about the notion of an hour seems rather fluid unless pressured by constraint.

New Harbour River

A few days ago I drove to Port Bickerton to follow up on information provided to me many months ago. I couldn’t find the directions I was given or the original emails but figured I could get myself in the vicinity and improvise from there. Part of getting to Port Bickerton from my house involved crossing Country Harbour by ferry. Said ferry departs on the hour. The clock in the car read 11:17 as I backed out the driveway. (more…)

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Barn, Port Shoreham

The cliche about Nova Scotia weather which suggests change each time you blink was very nearly true yesterday. I left home under a brilliant blue sky with conditions looking ideal. My plan was to spend a few hours outside though I departed with no destination in mind. I had a vague intention to go somewhere I hadn’t visited recently, to sit still for a little while with a sup of tea. I considered the possibility of returning to Hadleyville to the little eroding headland to sit where the Bay and Strait divide. I had my camp chair and a Thermos of hot water. (more…)

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Donahue Lake

Donahue Lake is frozen. I’m not 100% confident in the ice just yet but I noticed ski tracks which meant that if it was strong enough for someone else it would be strong enough for me. I did not venture very far from shore as I walked. I could have skied but there wasn’t enough snow, in my opinion: I like enough that the tips of my poles don’t slip on the ice. There wasn’t even enough for walking. My feet slipped each time I pushed off. To get anywhere at all required an abbreviated sort of baby-step.

Donahue Lake

The afternoon was clear and almost windless. (more…)

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Trail to Green Barren, Lundy

I woke on Saturday morning and saw how beautiful it was outside. Enough snow fell to cover the ground. The sky was clear. I decided I would go to Larry’s River then loop around to Route 16 and follow that back. If the tide was low I would go to Forster Island. Depending on the cloudiness of the sky I would stop in each little community to poke around. Usually the sky grows more overcast as the day wears on so I didn’t intend to be in one spot for long.

Donahue Lake from highway, Lundy

I encountered only one problem. When I reached Larry’s River there was no snow. (more…)

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My intention, if all else failed on this hike, was to find a good place to sit for awhile. I prepared for sitting. I had a camp chair and a light sleeping bag. The chair is supportive. It also creates a layer between my bottom and the ground. I brought a sleeping bag to wrap up in if I became cold. When moving lots of heat is generated though while stationary very little heat output occurs so extra insulation can come in handy. Each item is lightweight and fit easily inside my little pack. For added comfort I had an inflatable 3/4 length camping mattress which folds inside the chair for padding.

Tea berries

As you can probably figure out from the title of my post this hike turned out to be rather anticlimactic. Basically I walked on an old overgrown road for an hour and (at the time) discovered very little. Some of the road was clear but much of it was blocked with alders. Having to plow through these trees definitely reduced the speed at which I could cover ground. Most of the vegetation lining the road was not more than three meters high but it was still very much over my head and obscured visibility of my surroundings. (more…)

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Vine and red leaves

The Lundy Fire Tower is situated at one of the finest look-off points in the entire county. I tend to take this for granted. I live closer to it than anyone else. I can walk out my front door and be there in less than half an hour – less than five minutes in/on something with a motor.

Today I walked. It’s a nice workout due to the elevation gain. My house is 360 feet above sea level and the tower is 775. (more…)

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Beach at Fancy Point, Marie Joseph

115 kilometers of chilly morning motorcycle riding took me to a beach near Marie Joseph. This is the same distance that would have taken me to Mabou, New Glasgow or L’Ardoise. For months I wanted to get back there because I thought the beach had some real hiking potential, but the beach is just a beach. I don’t mean that to be negative. It’s a great location with a nice view of the ocean but, unlike Wine Harbour or Tor Bay or Port Bickerton, that’s about it. Many other locations in the county offer enough interest for a full afternoon of walking around while here was rather limited. Your choices are to walk on the beach, or walk on the beach. I walked along a portion to the right but it didn’t lead anywhere. To the left the beach sweeps in a grand arc but I couldn’t see the point of further ‘exploration’. (more…)

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