Friday, July 4, 2008

That JavaChick...

Where was she and what was she up to?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Or so I like to imagine.

At long last you will find out as I present a photo-journal of my mini-vacation.

Can you stand the excitement? I know! Crazy, right?


I took the ferry home to Nova Scotia.


See? There I am standing on the deck. It was a beautiful sunny day.


My sister picked me up at the ferry terminal in Digby. The ferry got in at noon, so we decided to go for lunch. We strolled the main street and decided on The Shoreline Restaurant.

When we first walked in the door, all we could see was gift shop. The restaurant was tucked away at the back, which makes sense because there you have a view of the water. We ate out on the patio. Service was fast, food was not fancy but was excellent.


Once we finished eating we browsed around the gift shop. They sell fudge in a number of flavours. I can personally attest that the Peanut Butter-Chocolate, Chocolate Coconut and Cappuccino flavours and very tasty indeed.

After some wandering around gift shops we headed home. Had to get there in time for:


Our baby brother's high school graduation! We are so proud. It was tough for him, he has High Functioning Autism. He graduated with Honours. Did I mention? Proud!

Friday morning I took some time to walk around and take some pictures of home. This is where I grew up. And where my Dad grew up. And my grandfather grew up. It's home.


And this is what I call a back yard. All the way down through the field and into the woods. We had lots of space to play.


My Dad likes to grow grapes. I love how the vines look.


My Sister, Brother-In-Law and I packed up the camper van and loaded on the canoe.


This patient pooch sat in the van all morning while we got ready to go. No chance she was being left behind.


She knew where we were headed...


My family has been camping at Kejimkujik National Park for as long as I can remember. After all these years, driving into the park feels like coming home.

We hit some construction along the way...


But we got there.


We were greeted with a wildlife display right off.




We actually saw a fawn a couple of times but never managed to get a picture. So tiny, so adorable with the white spots. Bolted easily though. Hence the lack of pictures. Sorry.

Saturday morning we took the canoe out.


We paddled across the lake from Heber's Meadow Beach to Indian Point. There we went ashore for a stroll.

See! There I am on the beach!


If you visit Kejimkujik at the right time of year, and explore the right areas, you will see itty bitty toads hopping around.


After lunch we headed to Mill Falls. We walked a bit of the trail there, and then ended up walking the entire Beech Grove trail (2.2 km).


I do have a picture of our camp site, but it's on my spare memory card. My spare card is a 2 GB card which my card reader won't read (hence 2 GB is spare while 1 GB is regularly used). We did pick up a new card reader, but it was defective and we have to take it back. If I get a replacement sometime soon, I will post a picture of the camp site. And of course I have many more pictures of trees, river, lake, trails...Gotta love digital cameras. You can be as snap-happy as you want as long as you've got enough memory.

I came home on Sunday afternoon. If I had been thinking when I planned my trip, I could have stayed for an extra night. But, Husband gets lonely if I leave him alone too long. And he always makes sure to tell me that Fred missed me and moped the whole time I was gone (nothing like a guilt trip to make sure you come home early). So, I decided to stick with my original time-table and come home on Sunday.

It was nice having Monday and Tuesday at home anyway, with nothing much to do. Aside from grocery shopping, weeding my garden and doing some laundry, I did some serious goofing off. Very enjoyable.

Now I just have to get out of goof-off mode.


the Bag Lady said...

The Bag Lady has been in goof-off mode for well over a year now - it's great!!

Loved the photos - the dog sitting in the van all morning made me laugh!

And the place where you grew up looked fantastic! Love that it's been in your family for so many generations.

I've taken the Digby ferry, so that was a great memory for me.

And I loved that last photo of the water and trees - wonderful!

Actually, I loved all the photos - made me long for Nova Scotia. Gee, I wish I could have gone with you, but the photos made it feel like I was there. Well, almost. Thanks, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the photos. Get that card reader, would ya!? (Gotta go back and have another look at the pics!)

the Bag Lady said...

Oh, I got so wrapped up in the location pictures, I forgot to mention - congratulations to your brother for graduating with honours! You must be bursting with pride!

Unknown said...

You grew up in such a beautiful place!

~Laura said...

Great pictures!!! How beautiful...the house you grew up in is lovely.

Even more wonderful that you were there for your brothers graduation. What an accomplishment for him:)

Anonymous said...

I love the m-m-m-m-m-MONTAGES!!

fun & family smarts. whats not to love?


Crissy Rae said...

What a beautiful place to go camping. I love the whole nature scene. We have lots of that in Minnesota where my parents live, but nothing like that here in Florida-just palm trees and flat lands.

Looks like you had a great time! Good luck getting out of goof-off mode. I think it's the hardest one to shake.

Anonymous said...

Gosh, it is all so beautiful! You must have had a fabulous time :-)

Crabby McSlacker said...

Love the photos!

I can't remember which ferry to Canada it was (we've taken a few) but the last one we took turned out to be a VERY rough ride--at least 3/4 of the people on the boat were barfing by the end, including, alas, moi.

But once we got there, it was worth it!

Sounds like a great trip, and I LOVE the dog.

Missicat said...

Beautiful pics - thanks for sharing! Congrats to your brother on his graduation! Love the red gowns!
Nova Scotia is one place I always wanted to visit, even more so now!

Charlotte said...

Gorgeous scenery!! Looks like a fab trip:) Welcome back.

Thanks for all the photos and for the comment on my blog!

JavaChick said...

Thanks everyone! It was a great weekend. My brother is a great kid and we are all proud of him...I do appreciate the home I grew up in, not only for the beautiful setting but for the family I grew up with. Planning on another weekend in Keji soon, so if all goes well I will have more tree pictures. :)

Oh, and both ferry crossings were pretty calm this trip but sometimes it's not so much fun...