Thursday, September 14, 2017

Nova Scotia September 14, 2017

I remember growing up on the east coast and going for car drives along the Sunrise Trail.   At that time I didn't even know the word "appreciation" existed.  I wasn't into capturing seconds in time or admiring beauty.  Today car tripping The Sunrise Trail to Tatamagouche was a whole new experience for me and I made sure to "Remember to Breathe".  I may have been to Caribou Island as a child and if so I don't remember a thing about it.  Our drive around the Island was our first destination of our day.  We drove to a dead end road.
a bald eagle on the beach
Before leaving Caribou Island we stopped at Waterside Beach Park. 
We passed by picnic sites on our way to the boardwalk.
boardwalk to the beach
The tide was out and there was nothing but pure sand as far as I could see.  
No need for footwear.
The beach was a sight.  This view makes me think of desert.  
I was surprised to see the color of sand here.  It reminded me of PEI.  
I walked out as far as I could.  I called this "meeting of the waters".  
The waves were coming in at different angles and crossing over each other.  
Our next destination was in Seafoam at the Lavender Farm.  
We supported local in the gift shop.

The grounds were perfectly manicured.  
We arrived in Tatamagouche in time for lunch.  
We went to the train station to dine.  

The Alexandra is a train car built in 1905 and it is used as the lounge car.  
The Alexandra
photo credit Train Station
We left the car at the Train Station and did a walk about to see the sights of down town Tatamagouche.  What a pretty place and a shame it is not hopping.  Then again, maybe summertime is when it hops.  We bought locally made chocolate and devoured it before even leaving the store.
it's colorful & cheerful
They even make their own beer and the brewery is right on their main street.

The Trans Canada Trail follows the river through Tatamagouche.  
We used this route to return to the Train Station.
views along the Trans Canada Trail

The Trans Canada Trail
Creamery along the Trail
It was late afternoon when we decided to head back home.  I sorted through the beach treasures we found.  The top two pieces form Nova Scotia but I realized later I have the longer piece placed backwards.  I think I see an Easter Bunny on the right with an egg beside it.
It was a hot day, it was as calm as could be and I still had energy left to keep walking.  After dinner and a glass of wine, I gathered my gear for a beach walk while the sun set.  The tide wasn't all the way out so I could only go so far.  But it was enough to end our day on a final fulfilling note.

I more than know what the word "appreciation" stands for at this age in my life.  It was a day full of admiring beauty and I captured many many many wonderful seconds in time.  Thank you for such an amazing day!

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