Exploring New Territory

When the invitation to join a hike to Seal Cove was posted on my FaceBook hiking group I decided to bow out of writing group and join the adventure instead.

The trailhead to Seal Cove is well over an hour from Parrsboro. I headed to Apple River and into unknown territory beyond, a true adventure for me. There were only the two of us, Brian and I. He is a very experienced hiker who has explored and navigated the upper Bay of Fundy areas for 35 years. I must admit, I was a bit nervous about the unknown terrain and degree of difficulty but in the end I managed just fine.

The forest held so many springtime wonders that stopping to catch one’s breath after a particularly steep climb was not inappropriate. Once the amazing views over the water opened up we could be found on look offs and cliff tops regularly. What an amazing stretch of the Cape Chignecto Hiking Trail!

We spent some time capturing the Three Sisters formation near Eatonville in the distance. I had only seen this formation in images. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and with the turquoise water surrounding the cliffs I felt like I was in another world.

Discoveries were everywhere: from weathered trees to new vistas, such a feast for the senses.

And then we arrived at our destination, Seal Cove.

There were no deals but lots of pink pebbles that moved under my feet. We climbed the massive sea grass covered boulders and explored the cove on the other side. We timed this break perfectly for noon. The sun was warming us and the waves lapped at the pebble beach lulling us into a meditative state.

Soon we turned around and headed back to our cars. The experiences from this amazing excursion will be long-lasting. It was a long day (I left the house at 7:30 am and returned at 5:30 pm) but my body didn’t complain too much. I guess I am fitter than I thought. Good news! I am off to lead NSWalks Day. I organized three walks in Parrsboro for today. Let’s see how popular it is!

Wishing you all a day filled with wonder, Anna

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