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TCT runs horizontally through center of this shot

When conditions are right skiing truly is a great way to spend an afternoon. I love the sensation of a nice glide, the feeling of speed achieved with relatively little exertion.

Great conditions for skiing

Late in the afternoon on Tuesday I skied on the Trans Canada Trail near the village of Guysborough. I was able to park along the side of Route 16 with my car fully off the pavement. By beginning here I was able to go north toward Sunnyville then turn and go all the way to Cook’s Cove before turning again and making my way back to the car. The entire portion I skied is very flat, ideal for beginners and experienced skiers alike. There is a nice mix of wooded corridor with more open views, a pond, a tree lot and then at Cook’s Cove an impressive vista overlooking Chedabucto Bay.

Cook's Cove with Chedabucto Bay beyond

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Tanker on Chedabucto Bay, Half Island Cove

One of the most difficult things I phaced, oops, faced last Saturday when I spent the afternoon out driving around was being content with where I was. The theory of being present and the practice of it can have some serious divergences.

Old House, Peas Brook

As you can see in most of the shots it was a cloudy day and what often happens on days like this in winter is the clouds eventually grow heavier and heavier until they blot the sky out completely. Early on in the afternoon I wasn’t especially pleased with the scenes I was finding. Internal pressure mounted quickly as the little voice in my head insistently criticized me. It reminded me over and over that the quality of the sky and light would soon disappear. Versions of the grass being greener (whiter) elsewhere played like a jukebox.

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I could not resist the appeal of double digit temperatures yesterday afternoon and set out on my motorcycle. I poked around on back roads while never going very far from home. I mapped my route here.

Middle Manchester

I parked the bike numerous times but the highlight was walking along the shore of Chedabucto Bay. I think the day time high was fifteen degrees and as I walked it felt more like summer than December. The warm air, lapping waves and gentle breeze seemed exceptionally nice. I sat for a little while on a rock just soaking it all in. (more…)

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Looking west toward Half Island Cove

Fogarty’s Cove appears to be about a mile, as the crow flies, from Half Island Cove. Well, I’m not a crow and I am here to tell you that getting there on foot from this direction ain’t no joy ride. In fact, getting there by foot is not even something I can yet confirm possible. All I can say is that I got closer this time than I did last time. Last time I thought I walked far enough to have come abreast of the place, that all I would need to do is angle downhill through a hundred meters of knotty spruce and I would be there. I wish. When I returned I found the scenic dead spruce with orange flagging without any trouble then continued on until I intersected a survey line. At this point I was thinking I had gone so far that I would have to double back once I followed the survey markers to the shore.

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