east coast

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.

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 12 – Crystal Crescent Beach 

Crystal blue water, and three small beaches. The first two clothed, the last one nude. I didn’t make it to the third beach! But I did enjoy the first one. 

The sand is so soft. It feels amazing on the feet! The sand dunes are quite nice as well. This beach looks almost tropical in ways. 

There’s paths to each beach and you can go wander off into the woods onto other paths.  

I have yet to swim in this beach, I hear it is one of the coldest. It was a great little visit, and totally worth checking out the clear waters and soft sand. 

Wanderlust Journal 10 – Laurie Park 

I came here just before the park opened for the season. If you’re coming during the off season, you have to park your car in the front parking lot, or if during high season you can bring your car in to one of the spots with a picnic table for day use. 

There are a variety of spots, my personal favorite are the ones by the lake. There are some that have picnic tables almost in the water! 

There’s also a variety of paths you can walk. It’s good for moderate walkers as there’s some hills. 

As mentioned, I came during off season so there weren’t a lot of people. It was quite peaceful. 

Laurie Provincial Park is great for bird watchers, which I’ve recently become more interested in during my hikes.

As I was walking towards the lake there were several chirping birds along the way, that made this a memorable day! 

Wanderlust Journal 9 – Peggy’s Cove

The mission: Eat at Sou’Wester Restaurant and explore Peggy’s Cove. Mission accomplished: Amazing day! 

We were craving fish & chips, and I must say, these were one of the best I’ve had at the Sou’Wester Restaurant. Highly recommend, with the best views while you eat. 

Stop for a photo just outside the restaurant of the old British style phone booth! It looks like it must have been hit by many Peggy’s Cove storms, the door isn’t on it anymore!

The iconic lighthouse stands upon giant rocks…and more giant rocks! 

I’ve always wondered what it looked like inside the lighthouse! So I took a peek inside. You can also google “Inside Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse” and you’ll find a video by Macleans Magazine of a quick tour of the lighthouse. Here’s the link: 

https://www.google.ca/amp/www.macleans.ca/beingcanadian/what-it-feels-like-to-go-inside-peggys-cove-lighthouse/amp/

And here’s my peek inside!

It’s so much fun to jump from rock to rock. You can get a really great workout, or even pick a spot to relax in the sun and take in the ocean views. This place is huge, although always lots of people you can find a spot. 

I like walking around the fishing village. There’s so many shops, a cute café, as well as an ice cream shop. I especially like the docks, the water is so clear you can see everything perfectly. 

Peggy’s Cove is a highlight of Halifax, Nova Scotia. If you come to visit, you really should take a few hours to come check this place out, and the drive here is quite scenic, so well worth the trip!