Author: rouroulo

Daily Journal 7: Undefeated 

An afternoon hike at the Salt Marsh Trail. The soundtrack was Incubus.

“Maybe there’s a poem in reverse
Spoken and it holds me out forever
Man it breaks my heart a little bit
That love is like a blind archer
Tryin’ to shoot an apple off my head

I’m not dead yet
I’m not dead yet, no
I’m bent but not broken
And I’m not dead yet
Not yet

We’re undefeated, bent but not broken
No, they ain’t seen nothing yet.” – Incubus, “Undefeated”

Video: Undefeated by Incubus

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Wanderlust Journal 17 – Cow Bay 

A day drive to Cow Bay turned into a rose picking adventure on the side of the road.

Bloom where you are planted.

Work hard, stay bumble.

Mon amie picking from the rose hip tree. Her plan is to make some jam with the rose hips. Hopefully, I’ll get to try some!

About 1 kilos of rose hips! There will be a few bottles of jam, I’m sure!

We finished off the adventure feeling childlike, as we picked delicious raspberries on a trail to the water; a flock of seagulls were waiting for us to arrive!

Wanderlust Journal 16 – Martinique Beach 2.0 

It is the most amazing beach I’ve ever been to!

Beach Birds. Ok, this isn’t their scientific name, clearly, but let’s roll with it! These cute little birds run along the shore and in & out of the water; there’s groups of them along the whole beach.

This is Toby! I heard grunting, so I turned around and this dog was looking at me with his ball ready. So, we quickly became friends and played catch.

The beach is 5 KLM long. So, at the start we chose the sand dune as our distance goal.

The sand is so soft and the dunes are hard to climb! But we did it. Not a summer day, but a September day, so I wore pants…and took an abundance of sand home in my pants!

Pano dune views. It’s November as I look at these pictures and write this. It’s currently a little chilly; winter coat season, but if I close my eyes, I can imagine the warmth of the beach.

Underwater treasures as we attempted to go to a rock formation in the water. The current was strong, and the rocks were too slippery to make it.

Majestic garçon.

Sunglasses, like red lipstick, change everything.

Pano and shadows.

One last look before we venture home.

Daily Journal 6 – Reflecting at Lake Banook 

It was the end of one of the most frenetic weeks I’ve ever experienced. A situation that happened to a loved one put me in the position to take full control and fix it as quickly as possible.

This challenge left me feeling purely exhausted. I didn’t feel like doing much, but I decided to meet up with a friend for something low key and relaxing. We ended up at the lake. We reflected on the chaos that just happened whilst sitting in the rain. 

Then came the sun…

I guess it’s important to remember that there’s always sunshine after the rain. Life will always have storms, but we push through, and the sun will reappear. 

Mémoire 1 

I decided to walk to my destination. Naturally, Google maps took me on a walkabout, but it was cool as it lead me past my first elementary school. 

I was slightly in awe as I walked from the back to the front. There was the schoolyard I once spent time in; memories of my first and only bee sting. The bee landed on my chin I didn’t know what to do, so I smacked it! It stung, I cried. It was a terrible experience. 

I remember questioning life at an early age.  I figured since I was at school and teachers had all the knowledge, that my teacher could tell me how the first child on earth was born. She kept playing it off like she didn’t understand my question. Now I understand that she couldn’t give me that answer! 

I remember getting sick at this school. Eveyone was on an outing but I was in the bathroom quite ill. I went to the secretary to call my parents. There was no answer because they were both at work, and there were no cell phone back then! I went back to my desk, packed my things and walked out! 

On my walk home, my dad pulled up beside me in the car. He had just finished work. I was so happy to not walk the rest of the way home. And my dad was so impressed that I made my own decision to leave and head home, although had I not run into my dad I have no idea what I would’ve done once I got home! Maybe pass out on the front lawn!

As I walked around to the front, my fondest memory of the first day of school came to me. Both of my parents dropped me off. They waited in the car for me to go in. I cried. I didn’t want to go to school. My dad started crying, more than me! 

As I write these memories, on my first mémoire, I can see each memory perfectly in my mind. It’s crazy how I can remember details this many years later as if it were yesterday. I can feel now, just as I did when I was a kid! 

Wanderlust Journal 15 – Martinique Beach 

I saw the pictures of this beach online, so I was very excited to walk up to this point to see for myself what was beyond. I was also impressed by the prime parking! 

Amazing! 5 klm of white sandy beach, and so much to explore! Beach life galore! With the beautiful sound of crashing waves. 


As we were leaving, my eyes filled up with tears, not because I was sad to leave but because there’s so much salt in the air! 

Its love at first sight! I’m in love with this beach! 

Daily Journal 5 – Some Place Old Something New 

The plan was a picnic in the gazebo at the Dartmouth Commons. It started out well, but the wind picked up and we ended up eating our hair!

We packed up and headed back to the car. On our way back we took one of the many paths and we came across this cute wooden house built on the tree. 

There’s something new to discover even at a place you’ve been countless times! 

Daily Journal 4 – Conrads Beach 

Two friends in bad moods with plans made. We almost cancelled, but we didn’t. So, the destination…to the beach! 

Our bad moods turned into friends laughing, talking, and day dreaming about things we want to do. 

And memories of a previous time. 

A good friend forces you to go to the beach when you’re not in a good mood, because that friend knows the beach is your favorite place and it will instantly change your mood around. And it did! 

Wanderlust Journal 14 – Eastern Passage  

In Eastern Passage, between the boardwalk and the golf course you’ll find the look off. There’s almost always cars here taking in the views of this amazing place. 

As many times as I have been here, I have always stayed at the top of the look off, but recently I found a path to the bottom, so I decided to go check it out. 

There are quite a few big rocks that you can sit on to watch the waves crash. 

When you climb back up, which is not a difficult climb, you will get beautiful views no matter which way you look! 

Not too far from here, there is a place called Flag Pond Coastal Access Park. It’s not a very big park, but it’s amazing and filled with so much nature life! 

There are two trails, one leads to the ocean with a rocky beach front, and the other leads to a marsh. At the marsh you will find lots of birds, fish, frogs, otters and ducks. 

And if you’re lucky, ducklings! 

Just down the road from park, you will find Rainbow Haven Provincial Park Beach. 

This is a great place for sunning, swimming and walking the sandy shore. There’s also some back trails which are quite fun to explore. 

Keep in mind this beach can get very busy on hot summer days and parking can be somewhat troubling. Pack a lunch and go early if you know it will be nice! 

Eastern Passage has a lot to explore, with some of the most breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Wanderlust Journal 13 – Lake Micmac 

My longtime friend from school invited me to go boating. It was so much fun! 


There is a bridge that separates Lake Banook from Lake Micmac. Under the bridge is a gang of pigeons. So, should you ever go there, cover your head! 

We decided we were going to explore one of the islands on the Lake. 

The Island was mostly a small forest in the middle of the lake. It was pretty easy to walk around, with nice views. 



One last shot before leaving the island on the lake in the middle of the city.