So it looks like this will be Farewell to Nova Scotia.
Regular readers (all 2 or 3 of them) will be thankful for the abbreviated post this time around. Given our hectic schedule I have reduced my normal exuberant verbiage to a mere pittance and limited the number of photographs to only the real excellent ones therefore readers will be able to get through it all without expending way too much of their what I hope is their valuable time and energies.
Well so much for lying low over the long weekend. Finally some nice weather and the urge to get in some hiking meant the leisurely weekend idea was put to rest. On Friday July 29, 2016 we plugged in at Middleton for washing and chores before moving on the next day to Greenwood.
We camped for 2 nights at the Walmart in Greenwood. On July 30, 2016 we discovered a fairly short hike to a little waterfall named Crystal Falls. A short 45 minute trek got us to the falls along a fairly easy trail. At the base of the falls there was a large pool that was used for swimming and diving into. None of our little group took up the challenge to dive off the cliff but a couple of young lads showed us how it was done.
Video of the jump!!!!!
On July 31, 2016 we drove up to Blomidon Provincial Park (free entry) and hiked the Jodrey, Outlook and Woodlands trails for a total of 10.5 kms. Most of the trail was in the forest but at several locations viewing platforms could be accessed for some great looks out over the Bay of Fundy Minas Basin. After the hike we drove down to the beach below the cliffs. The tide was out and one could walk a long way from the shore, a really beautiful spot with lots of people enjoying the beach. While on the hike some fellow hikers suggested we also try the Cape Split Trail so this was planned for the next day.
Down to the beach below.
August 1, 2016 we got an early start and moved our rigs up to New Minas and headed to the Cape Split Trailhead. Our 3rd hike in 3 days turned out to be the longest 12.4 kms and the most challenging (4 hours return) but without a doubt the most rewarding. As were the Blomindon hikes, the Cape Split Trail was for the most part under the canopy of trees but at the end the open vistas from the cliffs was nothing short of spectacular. It was also the most populated trail of the 3 as we must have passed well over a 100 other hikers making the trek. We were all glad to give our tired legs a rest the next day, August 2, 2016 we made a short half day drive to New Glasgow where we would rise very early to catch the ferry to PEI on August 3rd.