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Jamieson Front Lake along Route 316 near Cole Harbour

My first day of spring was great. I managed to spend a good chunk of it outdoors. I went for a ride on the motorcycle, walked and later in the evening went cycling.

Jamieson Front Lake along Route 316 near Cole Harbour

Jamieson Front Lake along Route 316 near Cole Harbour

When I left home I intended to go for a short ride to Guysborough for milk and gas but on the way home I decided to keep going on Route 16. The kilometers quickly accumulated and before long I found myself in Half Island Cove. From there I figured it would be just as well to circle around through Port Felix and on home. Only a little further along I could feel the air growing cooler. Fog. I could see a fog bank in the distance above the trees. Lower Whitehead was completely engulfed. By this time I was cold. Usually I like fog but I hadn’t dressed well enough and decided it would be better to keep on heading home.

I made only one stop. I couldn’t resist the rotting ice you see in the little lake above. Normally I don’t ride around on my motorcycle for the sake of riding around but I made an exception on this very fine first day of spring.

Later, Carol and I walked and a little later, once it was dark, I took the bicycle out. The thermometer indicated fourteen degrees at 9 pm. The air felt warm. The clear sky was perfect for star gazing when I stopped where there were no home or street lights.

I played tennis a little while ago – the earliest ever for us. I wore shorts and a T-shirt and worked up a sweat. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to cycle again later tonight. There may only be a few of these nice days and I do not intend to take them for granted. I hope you are finding lots of ways to take advantage too.

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Final Ride

A few days ago I removed the battery from my motorcycle and declared to Carol that I was putting it away for the winter. I decided it wasn’t worth taking unnecessary risks on potentially icy roads. I also didn’t want to expose the machine to salt. I discovered from late season riding last year that it is particularly corrosive on brakes. The cost effectiveness of the machine decreases rapidly when I have to replace expensive parts that wouldn’t ordinarily have any issues. By physically removing the battery the temptation to use it would be gone. (more…)

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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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Fox Island Main

When I write about a hike it is always with an attempt to make it coherent and interesting. For someone reading a post coherency is quite important, you won’t understand what I’m trying to say if it’s confusing or unstructured. I have found, however, the truth of hiking (and just being me in general) is that chaos is a far more common reality. When I leave the house I usually only have a vague idea of where I’m going to go, when I park the bike I may go fifty meters and not make a photograph, or I might sit and look at an attractive though non-photogenic scene (hard to describe and boring for all but me while I’m actually there) or I might walk for several kilometers because some distant feature has caught my eye and I’ve become curious. Occasionally I get part way to a spot only to have it begin raining which yields a big flop. Sometimes I am blown away by what I find. Sometimes I’m pleased with an accomplishment such as a long bicycle ride. Mostly I make sense of it after the fact and I leave out the boring, negative, unappealing details. If a hike turns out not to be interesting I don’t mention it at all. (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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Durrell's Island

Durrell’s Island can only be hiked by walking around the shore. A combination of private property, bog and impenetrable brush dictate your choices to one unless you have a boat. When I hiked nearby in search of the Old Fields I noticed a protuberant hump on the island I’d never noticed before and decided it would be necessary to investigate. (more…)

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Dot's Place, Sonora

Earlier in the summer I cycled to Sonora. After reading my post a resident kindly offered me access to her property so I could photograph more of the area. For months it was in the back of my mind to return. The closest I came, until yesterday, was Wine Harbour when my daughter and I were out with our cameras. Finally, I made it. Dot welcomed me and said I could cross the lawn to gain access to the river – I guess it is still the river even though this would be all salt water so close to the ocean. She said she’s been enjoying great sunsets lately and I believe her, the property faces west with a perfect view across the water.

Dot's Place, Sonora

My thanks to Dot Mahar for sharing her lovely location.

Dot's Place, Sonora

While in the community I poked around a little more, always nosey and interested in finding more photo opportunities. (more…)

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