Aaaaah....vacation! But the coming back to real life...not so easy. We've been back for a week, yet I still haven't finished this post. I think I'm holding on for dear life.
We had the pleasure of spending some time in Nova Scotia, courtesy of our friend who owns the beautiful barn where we were married; she also owns a cute house on the island of Cape Breton, off the "mainland" of Nova Scotia. It's an interesting place, culturally and geographically, still referred to as New Scotland by many of the locals. The landscape is intense: rolling hills undulate inland, while cliffs drop suddenly down to the water, punctuating the fall with huge boulders like polished whales. There are beaches, which are quite pleasant and even swim-able. Since the strait of water on the west side is protected and gets some gulf stream currents, it's not much colder than water along the mid-Atlantic coast.
We did a few hikes in the Highlands National Park, which is where we saw several moose (meese? see previous post for a link to video), bald eagle, and pilot whales jumping in the waves below. The most amazing trail was the Skyline, a 4-mile hike where the halfway point was a series of boardwalk platforms across a ridge, ending on what felt like the end of the world. The Cabot trail languidly curved off the south side of the trail, while the trail zigzagged down to the coast. We also did an "extreme" whale watch in a 28' pontoon-type boat on pretty choppy waters, but the reward was seeing the coast from another angle and having small groups of pilot whales roll right next to the boat. They were playful and almost seemed to be happy that we were there.
After five eventful yet relaxing days on Cape Breton, we drove down to Halifax. The unfortunate part was that we only stayed two days. Our hotel, The Haliburton, was the perfect base to explore the city and the neighborhood was a little restaurant mecca in itself. We ate and drank well, discovering that there are some really good breweries in the city. Our favorite was Propeller, and no, they don't import to the US! I ate some amazing seafood, which was one of my goals for the trip, and covered much of the city by foot. It's very accessible and super friendly, and a great place to hear live music. I highly recommend Halifax (and Cape Breton) as a vacation destination.
Now that I'm back, the only news that I have to report is that I have bangs...after not having them since I was a young girl! I know you're riveted, so hopefully I have something better for you next time.