The Mini-Vacation

For the past couple of years, both Sunshine and I have pined to get away from the city for a much needed vacation. Heck, we haven’t even had an official honeymoon yet! We had planned on driving to Ottawa, Ontario this past weekend to meet up with one of her friends from high school, but finances dictated that not happen. 

What we decided to do, however, was find something closer that could still help us get out of the city and away from everything…the work, the financial issues, the kids, the cats…and concentrate on us, Obviously, with my issues over the past year or so, wanting to spend some time together was pretty important to both of us. 

So we drove 90 minutes down to the South Shore of Nova Scotia to a tiny fishing village called Port Mouton. Here we stayed in a great spot that we stayed at a few years ago: Port Mouton Bay Cottages. There was a 3 nights-for-2 nights off-season special and we jumped at the opportunity.  I mean, we had two bedrooms, a 4-piece bathroom, a fully stocked kitchen, an electric BBQ, satellite television, dvd player, a propane fireplace, a seaside view, and complimentary WiFi. What else could we possibly want??Port Mouton Bay Cottages

We packed the car with clothes and food and left on Friday morning. We didn’t actually do anything the rest of the day once we arrived. We just sat back and relaxed the entire afternoon/evening. It was weird to not have any cats jumping on us or whining at 3 o’clock in the morning, so we slept extremely soundly that night.

On Saturday morning, we each went out for some exercise. Sunshine ran and I walked, but we both got out there. After breakfast, we jumped in the car and drove a couple of hours to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The reason was that there was a lighthouse there that was supposed to be the #1 attraction in the area. Thankfully, it didn’t disappoint. Cape Forchu

We went to Cape Forchu and were told that there was a webcam set up for and situated ourselves exactly where we could be seen: in the giant chair.

Yes...that's us in the big yellow chair.
Yes…that’s us in the big yellow chair.

We walked around the area and thought it was spectacularly beautiful. Cape Forchu Cape Forchu Cape Forchu

Once finished, we head to downtown Yarmouth to see if there was anything worth seeing. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much there but we did find a fantastic antique store called The Wooden Buoy. If you’ve ever seen American Pickers (or Canadian Pickers), then this would be THE PLACE for you.The Wooden Buoy

Almost picked up this Happy Days lunchbox but thought $45 was a little much, considering the weathered condition of a lot of the paint.Happy Days Lunchbox

We made our way back to the cottages, weaving in an out of the small villages and towns along the way (such as Shelburne and Lockeport). Once back, we had dinner and watched a movie before turning in early (*wink wink*). 

Sunday morning brought us both heading out again for exercise. It was a gorgeous morning with the sun beaming down on us. Roadside home in Port Mouton, NSPort Mouton, Nova Scotia

After lunch we decided to check out the Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct, another place we had visited a few years ago when I wasn’t very interested in walking anywhere. It’s a 4km round-trip walk to the shore and back, and on our previous trip I hated every second of it. Even though I’m heavier now, I quite enjoyed the exercise and had no complaints at all about the walk.Kejimkujik Seaside AdjunctKejimkujik Seaside AdjunctKejimkujik Seaside Adjunct Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct

On the way back to the cottage, we hit up Carter’s Beach; a tiny white-sand beach that is hidden from the main roads and only has a dirt path through the trees to the beach. But once there, wow.

How beautiful and white is this sand??
How beautiful and white is this sand??

I BBQ’d some steak for supper and Sunshine took the time to have a bubble bath while I wrote this blog post. I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that this has been one of the more awesome trips away that we’ve had together. We both concentrated on being happy, and that really made the weekend for us. 

We’ve been through our share of ups and downs over the past year, but now that we’re both in a much better head space life is presenting itself in a whole new way. This is the way we should have been feeling from the moment we got married.

At one point over the weekend, I said that I felt like a brand new man. Sunshine stopped me and said that I was the CBG that she originally met and fell in love with. So whatever changes these anti-depressants are making is TOTALLY fine with me.

Life is as good as it’s ever been. I’m more in love today than I was on Friday.  

The Long Weekend in Pictures (part two)

Wow…quite the pic-filled post yesterday, eh?  Well…today isn’t much different.

We got up at a fairly decent hour and had breakfast. We then packed-up and head out to the Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct, which was a "sister location" to the primary Keji park that we went to the day before. This picture was taken during the 30+ minute walk down to the shoreline. The vast majority of the walk was pretty boring because the tall bushes on either side prevented any kind of view. Thankfully, there were a couple of spots available for us to see some of the beauty that surrounded us.

Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct

We finally made our way down to the coastal section of the park. The sands were white and the water was sparkling blue. The sun was shining and I was with the woman of my dreams. was an amazing moment.
Obviously, we decided to pose for a pic or two. How often does one get to take a picture like this with the beautiful rocks and ocean behind you?
What we didn't realize was that this was a home for a number of seals. We saw a couple of them swimming in the waters very close to us and we were quite impressed with just seeing their heads. Then we came upon a spot where we could see them bathing in the sun on a rock just a stone's throw away from us.
Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct: 09-04-11
Sunshine enjoying the view by the ocean. She wanted to jump in that water...TRUST me.
After we were done with the Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct, we decided to drive along the coast on the way back home (i.e. off highway). Just for something to do, we decided to stop in LaHave and take a ferry. It really wasn't much of a short-cut or anything as much as it was just something else for us to say we did. This picture was taken inside the car while waiting for the ferry to go.

Info on LaHave ferry: Here and here.

When bored, simply stick a piece of fruit into your mouth. Isn't that an old saying?
Sunshine took this pic of the ferry as we exited and made our way to Lunenburg.
For a late lunch we stopped in the beautiful town of Lunenburg and ate at The Grand Banker Bar & Grill. While service may not have been the fastest, the food was excellent and the atmosphere was welcoming. Sunshine and I really enjoyed it and I can definitely see us going back.

The Grand Banker Bar & Grill

We went to the Admiral Benbow Gift Shop and I stumbled upon one of the funniest postcards I'd ever seen. Maybe it's funnier because I'm from Nova Scotia and eating lobster is simply a way of life...I dunno. Regardless, I thought this was hilarious.
Before heading home for a quiet evening, we stopped in the gorgeous Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. This pic was taken by Sunshine.
We had Sunshine's girls for the afternoon on Monday and decided to hit a local beach. Chocolate Lake was pretty deserted when we initially got there, but definitely got busy as the afternoon went on.

Chocolate Lake – Halifax, NS

The girls enjoying a snack at the beach. Once they got some swimming out of their system, we got changed and head out to Point Pleasant Park to get some ice cream and walk around a bit more.
The girls enjoyed their ice cream. A LOT.
Mo may have enjoyed her ice cream a bit * too * much. Heh...
Point Pleasant Park: 09-05-11
As some of you may know, Sunshine used to home-school her girls. It was fun to stand back and watch her become a teacher again. She talked about different berries and what they looked like and how they grew. The girls had a ton of questions and Sunshine knew most of the answers. We stopped at nearly every single blackberry bush in the park, but it was cool to watch her and the girls...almost like being in an outdoor classroom.
I only include this because I took it and I think it's pretty awesome.
These girls really are awesome.

And with that we ended the afternoon by taking the girls back to their father’s for the evening. After a light supper (of well-earned junk food, if I recall correctly), we collapsed in each other’s arms and concluded our weekend.

This weekend really felt like a well-earned vacation…just the two of us enjoying life. Five nights of bliss.

Jeez…you’d think we were a happy couple or something.