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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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If you are a person who finds it difficult to remain warm I think you need to invest in the best clothing possible. Boots that are rated for at least -50, a down parka, well insulated snow pants over a wool under layer and ordinary nylon (not cotton) pants, heavy mitts rated for extreme cold, a balaclava or scarf to protect your face. There are other refinements to this attire I am not going to get into but, as you can easily calculate, to buy it all at once would certainly exceed $1000. An investment in this kind of clothing is often a difficult step for people to rationalize. What if I buy it all and still end up cold? (more…)

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There are many aspects to being properly prepared for winter. The most important, which I’m not going to get into here, is mental – a positive attitude makes a huge difference but I’ll leave that for another post. What I do want to tackle here is being well equipped for outdoor activity. If you aren’t properly equipped then your options will be limited as a result. No winter activity is going to be pleasant if you’re cold and/or wet.

Hiking boots compared to winter

New boots, several pairs of socks, a pair of light gloves and a wool cap came in a MEC box yesterday. My current hiking boots, I’m sad to say, have not been waterproof for many months and my previous winter boots also leak so I decided to blow a wad of money on a new pair. I am somewhat brand loyal but have no hesitation switching if a product lets me down. My sandals, cycling shoes and hiking boots are all made by Keen but because I’m not fully satisfied with the hikers I jumped ship and ordered a product from Salomon. I have no previous experience with any of their products but was impressed as soon as I opened the box. You can see from the photo that these boots are significantly larger than the hikers yet, when holding one of each, the weight difference is negligible. I ordered a half size larger than normal to allow for extra sock room but it turns out these run a little small and actually don’t have any room to spare. (more…)

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