Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Powderface Ridge North October 17, 2018

Exploring Powderface Ridge North today was a gentle reintroduction to converting back to my mountain legs from my sea legs.  Instead of walking along a sandy beach looking out to the ocean, I hiked along a snow covered ridge line looking out to a row of mountain peaks.  When I am at the ocean I miss the mountains, when I am at the mountains I miss the ocean!  At a vulnerable moment while in Nova Scotia, with misty eyes, I expressed "At times I feel like a lost soul, I don't know where I belong!"  

Today I am in the mountains!  
Today I belong in the mountains!  
Today I embrace the mountains! 
We were five today.  
There was so much blue in the sky today, it was a challenge to capture photographs without getting that dominant dark blue.  I like when there are some puffy fluffy white clouds scattered throughout the sky.  I was on the lookout for them but they were being elusive.  I focused elsewhere such as glitter galore.
There were sections of ankle to calf deep snow and at times where we sunk to our knees.  The snow was hard and crusty but became soft and slushy as the day went on.  Early on we went for a short run trying to create a whirlwind blizzard behind us but the snow was not user-friendly to accomplish that.
 blue sky + nothing but bright sunshine = long shadows
The wide open spaces we explored through looked familiar.  All things Powderface confuse me at times.   It wasn't until I got home and downloaded my track and the track landed right on top of an older track.  I had been here done that on November 11, 2011 when we shared a special Remembrance Day celebration hike.

Today we had that hard crusty snow to work our way through.
I spied a cloud!  That tiny speck of white on the right is a cloud.  I hoped for more of that. We had short slopes to descend and at times they allowed me to slide to the bottom.  The compact snow shone brightly like ice in sections but I was not able to capture that in a photo.
framing Moose Mountain
 "At times I feel like a lost soul, I don't know where I belong!"
Lost in my thoughts!
 Yes, we are five today and we still are.
We reached the summit for Powderface Ridge North.  This summit is in the trees but we were able to find an open spot that offered up a view.  The sun beat down on us and it was literally hot.  There was no need for tea to warm up but I brought it with me and I was not carrying it back out.
We enjoyed a lengthy lunch break.  It was one of those days.  No rush, no fuss, no muss.  We covered little ground today at only 7.0 kms, yet we spent loads of time embracing everything about this gorgeous weather day and beautiful scenery day.  
 Now those are the kind of clouds I really like.  
They add so much to a photograph.  
This is my summit shot for today at the high point of Powderface Ridge North.  It truly could have been a shorts day. I did what I could to not feel so hot.  Eventually I went down to a short sleeve shirt.     We were fortunate to experience no wind on a ridge that is notorious for wicked and wild winds.
 We retraced our steps for the trek back.
Filling my lungs with mountain air feels as wonderful as breathing in the sea air.  If it's sand between my toes or snow down my boots,  either way I feel I am in my happy place.  With the weather forecast we have on hand for numerous days ahead, my thinking is I will be enjoying beach like weather in mountainous surroundings.  I call that having the best of both worlds!  

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Nova Scotia Colors Retreat 8 Sept/Oct 2018

This morning the beautiful forecast outlook spoke to me loud & clear.  It said go early, go country roads, stop to embrace the beauty, but most importantly "remember to breathe"!  

I listened!  I obeyed!  I enjoyed!
I was left breathless!

On the last day of my Nova Scotia Colors Retreat the weather took a turn for the best.  I knew I needed to make the most of this day.  I had been a bit disappointed the last couple of days with the amount of rain that dampened the being "out & about" experience to see the autumn colors.  While the colors were there and gorgeous, I knew I needed some blue sky and sunshine to capture the true vibrancy.  Today I received that gift I wished for!  

I revisited places that I had stopped by on previous days.  What a difference a couple of days makes.  The colors were changing day by day and were approaching their peak.  If this is not peak then peak would knock my socks off.
 The leaves on the ground make this sight a sight to see.
One of the local churches has beautiful grounds surrounding it.  
This time I took a stroll here.  
The country roads are beautiful to drive along but they are not user friendly for pulling off to get out to capture memories. I was determined to find a way to do that today even if it meant having to park safely somewhere then even safely walk a distance on the edge of the winding roads.  It was worth doing that to secure photographs like this.
 When there was no where to pull over, I was ready!
 As my morning progressed so did the splendor. 
Parks with parking lots and places to walk were the best places to be and what I searched for.  I had a list of them written out on a piece of paper sitting on my passenger seat.  The reds were what I wanted to witness the most.
 reds & reflections
I continued on down the country road.  I went in search of the Green Hill Lookout which I could not find.  I remembered that place from many years ago and climbing up the lookout stairs to get an overall view.  Maybe it no longer exists.  So I returned back to the country road.  The views close by and down the road were amazing.
I had Salt Springs Provincial Park on my list.  I followed the directions but could not find that place either.  I drove a stretch back and forth but saw no major park sign to point me in the right direction.  So, I carried on down the country road.  I stopped where I could to admire the views.
The kilometers passed while I passed by beautiful road side scenery.  
It was time to work my way away from the country roads back out to the highway.  I was thankful for what I saw today.  The colors were as I remembered them growing up here.  What I now have to ponder is which Nova Scotia season do I want to experience next?  This beautiful little province has so much beauty to offer.  Not only is there beauty in the scenery but also in the hearts of its people!  

Friday, October 12, 2018

Nova Scotia Colours Retreat 7 Sept/Oct 2018

I received a keepsake booklet  from my friend that included wonderful photos and sayings.  As I turned the pages the first saying that captured my attention was "No two waves are alike."  I pondered those words!
My friend and I create our own waves.  In numerous ways we are so different yet in many other ways we are so alike.  We have visited with each other for very short periods of time the past two years and this get-together marked the third.  The minute we see each other, we carry on effortlessly from where we left off a year ago.
A two minute walk awaits us.  It brings us to where we feel carefree, leaving all stresses behind and to where we feel the sea air fill our souls.  The name of that little booklet she gave me is "Sea & Soul".

We enjoyed the sights and sounds that come with strolling along on a beach.  We were surprised and excited to see the Pearl Mist come so close to us as it aimed for the Pictou dock just a hop skip and a jump down the shoreline.

Another saying from my keepsake booklet that grabbed my attention is "I forget my age when I'm at the beach."  I do!  I really do!  I didn't realize that before but now I know I do!  I really do!  Do you?

We walked the beach at sunset time hoping for a sunset but we were denied that.  I collect beach glass and the beaches that I had access to from my home away from home and that I called mine were splattered with pieces of it.  This heart shaped piece was a treasure to find!

One of the reasons I came to Nova Scotia in October was to be witness to the colourful autumn shades.  I planned to invest a huge amount of time chasing those colours.  My friend was keen to join in the chase.  She was our driver and we covered country road after country road after country road. The weather was not user friendly but we both know how to save a day. 



I'm happy we got to share some precious time.  In numerous ways we are so different yet in many other ways we are so alike.  You look right at home and like you belong.  That's how I felt when I sat in that chair with either my morning coffee or my evening wine.  

              Hold tight right there and we will carry on next year!