A few weeks ago, on Valentines Day, the Stanley Cup came to Halifax! There was a big event that included food, fun, and Ron MacLean. We stood in line for half an hour to get a picture with the Stanley cup, and it was definitely worth the wait! Very cool Valentines Day.
Our final stop on the drive back to Halifax was a place I had heard a lot about, and was really looking forward to. Leigha has been raving about the pumpkin people ever since we found out I was moving to Halifax, so we just had to stop by on our way back. Apparently, every fall, this little town called Kentville sets up pumpkin people all over town. As soon as we got close to Kentville, I started looking out the window for the pumpkin people!
When we entered the town, we started to see a few little patches of pumpkin people in people’s yards.
I was starting to think that that was it, but then we hit the jackpot!
It was amazing! There were so many of them. I could have stayed there for hours, but Codey had to study so I said goodbye to the pumpkin people and we hit the road again.
On our way back to Halifax from Yarmouth, we drove through Annapolis Royal. It was a holiday, so most businesses were closed and the town was very quiet. We managed to find a few things open, though, and were able to get some lunch there.
Before we had lunch, we found a little antique shop and went in to look. The owners run their shop for a few months of the year during tourist season, then travel the world looking for new things for the rest of the year. They have been to so many places, and have brought back so many interesting things! They had things from China, Thailand, India, and many more places. We wanted to buy almost everything for ourselves, but found some nice Christmas gifts instead.
After checking out the antique shop, we walked around to find somewhere to eat lunch. We ended up stumbling upon a German Bakery/Cafe/Restaurant that was open.
It was a great choice! Codey had a schnitzel sandwich, and I had some sort of chicken sandwich on gluten-free bread (that was actually soft) with homemade tzatziki. It was amazing. I’m surprised Codey managed to get a picture before I ate it all. I couldn’t even take my eyes off of it for the picture!
Just across the street from the restaurant was Fort Anne, a National Historic Site of Canada. It was built in the 1600s to protect the harbour of Annapolis Royal. The old officer’s quarters was renovated in the 1900s and turned into a museum, but that was closed for Thanksgiving. We will have to go back and check it out sometime. We did get to explore the Fort’s grounds, which are well-maintained and have benches and signs explaining the area’s significance. There are several cannons around the fort, which we decided to have some fun with.
The rolling hills (trenches) were beautiful (probably not so when they were in use during war). Since it has been turned into a National Historic Site, Parks Canada has added stairs to help people get around. That didn’t stop Codey from running up and down the hills!
Annapolis Royal is just another beautiful place that we are glad we got to see. I am left with one question – how do they get the grass so green?
This Thanksgiving, we were lucky enough to spend the weekend with Codey’s aunt and uncle in Yarmouth, NS. Yarmouth is only a few hours of driving away from Halifax, and the scenery is beautiful no matter what direction you go. Yarmouth itself is a nice town, with a feel similar to some small towns in Newfoundland. We got up on Saturday morning and hit the road, taking our time so we could enjoy the drive.
Once we arrived in Yarmouth, we were invited to Thanksgiving dinner at the house of friends of Codey’s aunt and uncle. The meal was great, and the company was also very nice. We stayed for a few hours after supper, then went home so the men could fight over which hockey game to put on (Toronto or Montreal). They compromised at half and half. Sort of. I was perfectly happy eating my cheezies.
The next day we explored some of Yarmouth with Codey’s aunt and uncle. His uncle drove to a place called Cape Forchu Lighthouse, which was highly recommended by my friend Leigha. When we got there, I could see why she loves it so much. Codey was in his element, and it didn’t take long before he was running and climbing over every rock in sight.
The grounds surrounding the lighthouse were really well-maintained, with lots of benches and flowers.
The view was beautiful:
I attended church with the family on Sunday morning while Codey studied for an exam he had on Tuesday. We left Yarmouth on Monday to drive back to Halifax, and decided to take the more scenic route through Annapolis Royal and Kentville. The drive was beautiful, and the weather was great. More on Annapolis Royal and Kentville later!
About an hour outside of Halifax are a number of places that, as a whole, are often called “The Valley”. During the summer and the early fall, some friends of ours like to drive out there for the day to explore and take part in some of the fun activities that are all around. We moved to Halifax just as fall was about to start, but with the beautiful weather, we were able to enjoy the end of summer.
On this particular day, there were a few things that we got to do in the Valley. We met up with our friends and headed to a small trail head. After a short hike in, we arrived at a place called “Three Pools”. It was a nice little swimming hole, but the real attraction was the huge cliff that people were jumping off of! It was about 100 feet high. I was sick with the flu, so I didn’t get a chance to try out the cliff diving. Codey, however, was all over it. I have a video of his second jump (my awful camera skills meant that the first time never actually recorded…oops), but I can’t seem to upload it here. If I figure it out, I will add it later.
After the boys got their fill of cliff diving, we headed to a little market, where we bought fresh peaches and blueberries for awesome prices! They were delicious. They grow the fruit on the farm there, so it is really fresh. Next, we headed over to the corn maze. They have a giant maze made out of a corn field, and you can pay to go in and try to find your way out. They give you a map and an activity sheet (mostly intended for children, but so what?). Every now and then in the maze we’d come across an activity station. Some were drawing and some were puzzles, where you read the sign and filled in the correct answer.
The maze wasn’t as easy to maneuver as we thought. After taking a few wrong turns, we managed to match the record time for about an hour to complete the maze.
To finish off our day, we headed to Wolfville to find somewhere to eat supper. Wolfville is such a nice town, and so much fun to walk around and explore. There were so many restaurants to choose from, but we ended up choosing a pub-style place that looked good. The place was busy, but didn’t seem too bad. We all ordered, expecting a small wait but nothing crazy. Over an hour later, our food finally came! We were almost ready to leave, but we were so hungry that when it finally came we almost inhaled it. By that time it was getting late, so we all headed home.
We plan to check out the Valley during winter to see what events are happening. We will also definitely be going back next summer. I guess it is my turn to cliff dive.