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Meat Cove to Pollett’s Cove

As my hiking companion Etienne says, “The hike from Meat Cove over to Pollett’s Cove is an experience worth doing over and over again.  It’s one of those adventures that holds new surprises, new ways of getting there and trusted old friends to share it with”.  The same crew was on-board once again; Derry, Etienne, Laura, and myself.  We started Saturday at 10am and hiked for 8 hours.  We hiked Sunday for 10 hours and arrived at Pollett’s Cove at 6pm.  There is NO TRAIL … just map and compass work to get from Meat Cove to the trail head of Pollett’s Cove in Red River.   We completed this adventure a couple years back and thought we would attack it again.  This year we added the coastal portion of Cape St Lawrence and the coastal meadow along the shore to Lowland Cove.

There are numerous thick trees and groves of alders.  At times the underbrush also took its toll as we could not see what was in front of us.  One wrong step, over a fallen log, could easily result in a broken leg or ankle!  I remember once that we were crossing a bog at our feet, laced with tuckamore at our thighs, and facing very thick alder bushes all the way through as well.  This short short trek to the other side took what seemed like forever.  Another memorable event was when we could see what looked like a beautiful grassy field in the distance.  This looked to be an amazing place to set up camp on night 1.  After struggling through the alders, over a brook and to the other side … our beautiful little grassy area was soaked with water underneath and we could NOT set up camp in this area.  So off we travel to find dry land.

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Pollett’s Cove

Laura, Kasper and I went to Cape Breton for the weekend. We decided to spend Friday night at Corney Brook campground which is near Cheticamp in the national park. For night two we hiked into Pollett’s Cove for a quick overnight visit. This was only a two hour 8 km hike into our favorite Nova Scotia beach. The only way to access this location is through hiking in or by boat. Some years there has been cows as well as horses that reside at the beach. This year there were six horses and no cows. One mare had a young foal. There’s usually other hikers and this year there were about 10 other tents set up in the valley. A few people even came in as day hikers.

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Cape Chignecto Annual Adventure

For years Laura, Kasper and I have been hiking Cape Chignecto. We have gained many friends on this trail and it has become an annual tradition for us to connect on the May long weekend and experience the trail together.  Kasper chose to sit this year out and have a luxurious weekend with her grandparents. The trail could not compete with the fun she has visiting with them… Although it was hard to leave her behind, we were able to have an awesome hiking experience with our friends.

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Cape Chignecto “Back Again”

Chignecto 2014

Every year Laura, Kasper and I head out to embrace the 52 km Cape Chignecto hike for the May long weekend. Our friend Sheryl joined us this year and we were able to connect with many of our hiking friends along the journey. Kasper is now 13 years young and she did awesome! She was ready for the trail, sometimes before us, every morning. Normally she won’t leave the nest for early morning journeys. We love ocean front tenting and usually always spend our night’s on the beach. For the past 4 years we have “Kicked Off” our summer hiking season with Cape Chignecto… and this has been a ritual for fellow like minded individuals as well. We have met some really great people on this hike and see them each and every year during this same weekend.

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Pollett’s Cove

Pollett’s Cove is a wilderness estuary on the northwest coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. It is accessible only by boat or on foot via a simple 10 km hike along the coastline from Pleasant Bay, heading north (about 2 hours hike).  It is truly a place to get away from it all.  No cell reception and civilization.

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Cape Split … winter & darkness

Kasper and I had the opportunity to join a few friends and hike Cape Split again today.  Our friend Etienne always tries to mix things up for us.  He brought on a new challenge with the help of mother nature.  The first challenge Kasper and I encountered was the fact that the trail was solid ice and I did not have my crampons.  After a solid core workout and a few slips, we then had a very icy decent over the cliffs.  I had holes burned in my gloves and Kasper was not happy either.  It was a pleasant day hiking along the ocean, a bit below freezing and after playing at the bottom we hiked out at night.

Great Fun had by all: Sheryl, John & Susan, and my ol’ buddy Etienne.

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Loops of the BLUFF (30km)

Had an awesome day on the trail this weekend. We did 4 Loops of the BLUFF Wilderness Trail (about 30km) on Sunday. Weather was beautiful and it is hard to believe that it is the third week of October and we were able to wear shorts and a t-shirt. The Bluff is a fairly easy trail without any elevation or steep hills. The scenery is very beautiful and we experienced some great fall colors. It took us about 6 hours to complete the 4 loops including a couple snack breaks and over an hour for lunch. Not much wildlife seen; only 2 porcupines, but lots of coyote pooh.

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back to Cape Chignecto

Laura, Kasper, and I went back to Cape Chignecto this Labor Day Weekend. We decided to do things a little different this time and stretched this 52km round trip hike over 3.5 days instead of our usual 2.5 days. This allowed us to spend two nights on Seal Cove beach. We started our hike on Friday morning towards Seal Cove … we spent all Saturday in the sun and sand of Seal Cove Beach … left for Refugee Cove on Sunday morning … and left for home on Monday. We had beautiful sunny weather with cool nights. Had the opportunity to meet some new Friends (Corey and Sheryl) and put up with the old (Etienne). I think we may look at this hike to be the “kick off” to Nova Scotia’s summer hiking season and plan to do it annually during the May long weekend … You should join us!

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