Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Day 12: South Shore Sojourn

Yesterday was our big, most touristy, adventure to the South Shore. Joining us was Melinda and Randy, sadly I didn't take any pictures with them, not sure why not, just how things went. Our first stop was Lunenburg. The goal, to see the Bluenose II. And I saw it. While we were looking for parking it was docked. When we got to the docks it was out on a tour.
Not being able to take a picture with the Bluenose II, I took the next best options. The giant dime was in the mini Bluenose museum and the model Bluenose can be found in the gift shop of the Fishermen's museum.
Lunenburg is a beautiful town, I could have spent the whole day exploring the shops. We did visit the yarn store (I withstood the urge to begin a new project), a gorgeous bookstore (many books found a new home), and a makery. We also saw this giant lobster claw:
Next we found a beach on Second Peninsula, we think we were at Backman's Beach. There were no signs but we are pretty confident. Melinda took these two pictures to prove I was swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. They are taken within seconds of me running out and dunking. The first image is me coming out of the water and the second is me screaming "It's COLD!" 
Our last stop was Mahone Bay. We couldn't find a sign to take a picture with so I used the highway sign. I also tried to get a picture of the three churches in a row. Sadly it wasn't clear enough to really show we were in Mahone Bay. So Mum and I posed in front of one of the three churches. The visit had Randy and me discussing the SyFy show Haven. I loved that show and sad I missed most of it's finial season. Many of the scenes were filmed in Mahone Bay and this area.
We got back to Wolfville just in time for Donna's Open Mic. I still haven't been able to figure out how to upload the video of her song, "Little Green Car" I think it is going to have to wait till I'm back home in Ontario.
The last thing of the night was enjoying Scott Skins at Joe's.
Nova Scotia Trip Bucket-List Successes:
9. Swim in the Atlantic Ocean
11. See the Blue Nose
23. Scott Skins
37. Luneburg
38. Mahone Bay

Day 11: Board Game Bliss

A few years back, Aurora organized an epic all day board game extravaganza for my birthday with her brother T and Ami. It was such a hit that it became a monthly event that they have kept going since I moved. I was incredibly fortunate to be able to join them this month (they moved the day so I could participate). Mum dropped me off in the morning then went off to see her friends.

With four of us, we each take turns choosing the game. The first to arrive has first pick. I chose Wizard School. This is a cooperative card game I really want to like. My first attempts to play failed horribly. I was playing with a friend and we were both miserable, confused and thought the game was broken. I was actually considering giving it away but I really really wanted to like it. I'm glad I gave it a second chance. It is much better with a larger game, and that's not just because we won.
T had the second pick and went with dice Pandemic. This is another cooperative from my collection. I had specifically been requested to bring it. We found the four cures before running out of dice to win the game.
Aurora's choice was Timeline: Events, which I think she won? (It came down to her and Ami)
Ami's choice was Cranium. I've saw this played once, in college, and I was not the most enthusiastic. It was the spelling category that I was dreading. Thankfully Aurora is smarter than me. The teams were Ami and T verse Aurora and me. We both needed one card and the game went back and forth till Aurora got the last question right for us to take the victory.
My next choice was Tabago, because I've wanted to play for awhile. It was a good round and I'm happy to have played. I think the win went to T. but I could be wrong again (sorry, I will correct if you leave me a message). EDITOR'S NOTE: I have been corrected; Ami won Tobago.
T had the last game before I had to leave. It was the storytelling game Gloom. Where you want horrible things to happen to your family before you kill them off. This was my first time playing. It's not something I would choose or own, but it was surprisingly fun. I would play it again and not just because I won.
Next was to Kim's house to help with some wedding prep. I saw Gina! and there were many hugs. We had garlic fingers and made pretty centerpieces.

Nova Scotia Trip Bucket-List Successes:
4. Participate in a day of board games with Aurora

Day 10: Sermon, Brunch, Board Games, and Supper

Sunday feels so long ago, it was the last time I was able to sit in front of a computer and write. My apologies for the faithful few I've kept waiting and also for the fact that there are going to be three posts all on the same day. I have to say, getting back into regular blogging is one of the unexpected, enjoyable side-affects of this trip.

Back to Sunday, Day 10, the morning started early. I had the joy and privilege of preaching at King's Presbyterian. It was highlighted by the fact that my friend Ross was the elder I was working with. I am not sure this is true of all Presbyterian congregations, at King's the elders assist in the service and give the prayers of the people. I also appreciated that the elders actively connect and have roles in the lives of church members. When I was attending King's two years ago Ross was my elder. Anyways, I was up early to pray and look over my sermon and service notes. The sermon went well and it was a joy to preach. I couldn't stop smiling all morning, probably all day.

After church, Mum and I headed to Wolfville to meet up with half the Brunch Club. We have brunch plans with everyone next Sunday just before we leave Nova Scotia. There was also board games. Duane, Donna, and I played Splendor. I always enjoy Splendor, I never win. However this time I did with three nobles! I BEAT DUANE at Splendor! I did not think that was possible.
We parted ways and I stopped at the library to blog before returning home for a good Wesleyan Hour (aka naptime). It was already after 4:00pm so when I woke it was just in time for supper with a friend at The King's Arm. The cool think I found was this Kentville Map, my friend Mark drew it. I remember watching him work on it two years ago. Also, if you look there are some neat "easter eggs" including a TARDIS.
Nova Scotia Trip Bucket-List Successes:
2. Brunch with The Brunch Club

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Half Way Bucket List Update

Mum and I are half way through our Nova Scotia visit. So far we've been filling everyday with so many visits and activities it feels like we've been here a month. Next week is going to be just as busy, an while we've been adding downtime and lazy moments, I fear this next week is going to fly and before we know it we will be driving back to Ontario.

If you are interested, you can find photos and an account of each days' adventures below.

Day 1 -Friday, August 18, 2017
Day 2 -Saturday, August 19, 2017
Day 3 -Sunday, August 20, 2017
Day 4 -Monday, August 21, 2017
Day 5 -Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Day 6 -Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Day 7 -Thursday, August 24, 2017
Day 8 -Friday, August 25, 2017
Day 9 -Saturday, August 26, 2017

Before we left we made a list of all the different places we wanted to go, food we wanted to eat, and things we wanted to do. The list grew from 10 items to a final 36. We've been diligently striking items off the to do list everyday. Here's where we're at with 8 days left in Nova Scotia:
  •  22 items completed
  • 14 items to be completed
  • 2-3 should be done today
  • We have plans that will complete 7 more
  • There are 3 I don't think we'll get done
The full Nova Scotia Trip Bucket List is below, anything in bold needs to be done, anything crossed out has been finished:

1. Hug all of my people (with the exception of friends who do not appreciate hugs)
2. Brunch with The Brunch Club
3. Attend the Wednesday Games Group Games Night
4. Participate in a day of board games with Aurora
5. Go to the Valley Drive-In
6. Live music
7. Attend a party with spontaneous jam session
8. The Wolfville Farmer Market
9. Swim in the Atlantic Ocean
10. Visit Crystal Falls (or another falls)
11. See the Blue Nose (is it out of dry docks yet?)
12. Drive Ridge Road (Greenwood to Wolfville)
13. Halifax Harbour/take a hopper tour
14. Visit Port George
15. Ghost Walk
16. Watch the sunrise over the Bay of Fundy
17. Go to the Look-Off
18. Find the cement houses
19. Go geocaching
20. Attend the worship service at Kings
21. Lobster
22. Muscles
23. Scott Skins
24. London Fog, yes they have them here but I miss my cafes
25. Eat at the Naked Crepe
26. Eat at the Pita Hut
27. Eat at the Korean place
28. All you can eat sushi
29. Have a donair with real donair sauce
30. Maybe a donair pizza but garlic fingers for sure
31. Halls Harbour visit
32. See a lighthouse
33. Picture with a giant lobster
34. Chicken Curry Fries (again, I know there are other places that service this but its not the same)
35. Johnny's for a burger and/or poutine
36. Meal at Troys

Day 9: Sunny Days

It was a perfect Saturday. Mom and I went to the Wolfville Farmer's Market before she met up with her friend who whisked her away to the City (Halifax). They had a great day catching up.
I met up with Janna and we spent almost five hours catching up. I would like to bring her back to Ontario with me. We also had the Noodle Guys spicy soba noodles, a meal that should have make the trip bucket-list.
For supper Mum and I enjoyed a pita before retiring for the night so I could finish preparing for my sermon and other details for the Sunday service at Kings.

Also, hot tube and Colette returned.

Nova Scotia Trip Bucket-List Successes:
8. The Wolfville Farmer Market
26. Eat at the Pita Hut

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Day 8: Wandering Wolfville

It was another great laid back Nova Scotia day. Mom decided on a quiet day at the home (the home we're house sitting). After lunch I traveled in to Wolfville. Read at a cafe, met up with Jenn B. She grabbed food at the Pita House, but since I didn't eat I didn't feel I could count it as a completed bucket list challenge. After a good long chat we parted ways. She was needed at a birthday party and I had dinner plans.

Platonic Boyfriend and I had a platonic date at Danji, the Korean restaurant. We shared a Korean pancake and each had a bowl of DolSot Bibimbap.
 On my walk back to my car I found another of the Uncommon Art installments. I love it!
I wasn't really ready to go home but didn't have plans. So I made a stop to say hello at the Gerrits. I am not sure how many meals I've shared around this table with this wonderful family. It was good to join them again and feel like no time has passed since our last meal together.

Another great day in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Trip Bucket-List Successes:
27. Eat at the Korean place

Friday, August 25, 2017

Day 7: Hikes, Harbours, and Happiness

The days have started to blur into a kaleidoscope of happiness and memories. Thursday kept this tradition going. There was so much goodness crammed into one day. It also holds the record for the most bucket-list items completed in a single day.

The morning was slow starting. We're on holidays and one of the privileges of that is getting to sleep in. After lunch I headed over to the O'Connor's where I blogged and then played Minecraft with Timothy. Timothy who is now officially taller than me. It was close when we saw each other of March Break at Break Out Con. I am the first adult friend he is taller than (I know that doesn't say much but it is a small milestone). Once Mom was there (she had lunch plans with a friend) the three of us set off to find a waterfall.

The trail was more challenging and would have required us to walk through four inches of water to get through a tunnel. We decided that this mini waterfall would satisfy the bucket-list requirements.
After the water fall failure we continued on to the Look Off.
Another attempt to use the panorama feature. It really doesn't do the view justice.
It would not be a trip to the Look Off without ice cream. (It took us four attempts to get this picture)

Next we visited Huntington Point to find the fairy cottages (cement houses).
Our last (and longest) stop was Halls Harbour.

I finally dipped my feet in the Bay of Fundy

Timothy and Mum decided that this could also count as a waterfall. They aren't wrong, it is water and it is falling. It is not what I had originally considered. We also found one of the Uncommon Art installments.

Still in Halls Harbour we met supper, Lenny and Lewis, they were delicious
We also found a giant lobster, this is not the one I was thinking of but it is taller than me and so it counts.

We ended our adventures with ice cream after one last picture of the coast.
Nova Scotia Trip Bucket-List Successes:
10. Visit Crystal Falls (or another falls)
17. Go to the Look-Off
18. Find the cement houses
21. Lobster
31. Halls Harbour visit
34. Picture with a giant lobster