660 kilometres of rural Nova Scotia roads, countless sights, endless laughs, and a memorable day off with two of my favourites was how my Wednesday last week was spent. It’s not often we get days off that line up together so Sheena, Lily & I made a point to make the most of it by heading to the Valley for a day trip. We didn’t even see 10% of the gorgeous Annapolis Valley but we’ll pick it up another day. Our province is incredible and I want to explore it more before I dive fully into other places. We live somewhere so diverse that everywhere you go, there are different rock formations, new bodies of water with different behaviours, great little communities that all have their own quirks and cute spots and incredible people – someone please tell me why I’d want to leave?
The province was in full bloom as Spring really went full throttle in what felt like an overnight. The colours were beyond vibrant to the point we kept commenting there was no way it could be real. Greens were greener. Blues were bluer. Flowers were on everything that could grow a flower. Between the immense beauty we found roaming the roads that day and the laughs that didn’t end, I can easily say it was one of my favourite days. We made a little pit stop at Nova Scotia’s longest river: The Shubenacadie River which winds its way 72 kilometres through our province. We’ve got plans to ride the tidal bore this summer! Burntcoat Head is a little known gem which has the highest tides in the world. This little spot sits on the Bay of Fundy so at a time when the tide is low, you can explore the ocean floor and check out some caves along the coastline. Below: three nuggets and one who has a dirty butt from sliding down the rocks. Take a guess at who that was! *cough* Sheena *cough.*Just free spiriting 24/7.The Tiguan’s first road trip, officially climbing her mileage to over 1000kms after less than a week of owning her. So much love for this rig already. We made a pit stop in Walton at the lighthouse as well as the Walton Pub. The lighthouse was opened so we could go up and explore the view from the top – a very neat opportunity and a really cool view. It’s amazing that this is all coordinated by hard working volunteers who likely don’t get enough credit but deserve it. It’s so nice to see landmarks like this preserved for generations down the road to enjoy!The same sign as McDonald’s… Only different.A pit stop at Paddy’s pub yielded some delicious cool patio beverages and some beyond yummy burgers!They say that work friends are like family and for us, it’s true. Our little family at Justamere Café is a fun loving, big hearted group who make shifts fly. Couldn’t wipe these smiles off our faces if you tried.Be sure to stop at Hennigar’s Market for an ice cream and a little stop at their little petting zoo and go visit the adorable goats! Blomidon has always been a favourite stop for me. The endless coastal views, the rolling hills of prosperous farm land & the blossoms; oh, the blossoms! We picked the perfect time to go down as blossoms were at their peak. Lily, pictured in her happy place is one of the freest spirits I know, and I love it! This is my boss, Sheena. She’s the glue that holds us together and for that, we love her. She’s understanding, doesn’t really take shit from anyone and dreams bigger than big everyday. We stayed at Blomidon Park until our shadows were long and our bellies were rumbling again. The three of us debated staying the night but ultimately decided someone needed to be at the restaurant the next day! On our first pass towards Blomidon, I passed the wharf in Pereau and told them we would stop on the way home. Sheena just couldn’t wait to see “the boats at the bottom of the sea.” It was one of those things you had to be there for but the three of us were in absolute stitches over that statement, despite it being true – at low tide, the boats do sit on the ocean floor but the excitement was too much to handle! Library Pub stop.That brings us the the end of our day where we landed at Luckett’s Vineyard to catch a gorgeous sunset. There aren’t many things in life better than a great day spent with great people. My heart was full after a day of adventures with these two. Not only did we catch an gorgeous sunset but we got to stargaze a bit through the panoramic roof in my new Tiguan on the way home (if that day was a first date, I’d be married – I swear, the romance levels coulda been really high!) Keep posted for my next adventures by following my Instagram @hilaryhendsbee.