This summer has been filled with summer time activities for me. Some that I haven't done in awhile. One of which is to pack up the car with kayaks and tent... and go on an outdoor adventure. We hadn't planned on going camping actually but Terry had a couple of days to burn up on vacation stuff so we made some plans to stay fairly close (within an hour from home) but to explore a part of Nova Scotia that we barely know.
So off we headed for Smiley's Campground in Brooklyn. What a beautiful spot we found. Quiet, peaceful with large camp sites and clean bathrooms. Always a bonus when camping.
Our site was a little tucked in site that protected us from the sun and heat (and rain). We set up our campsite and then hit the road to explore the area and look for somewhere to put the kayaks in.
We found a cool paddling site in St. Croix. Not by chance, though, as Terry pours over maps and websites looking for locations. He remembered something about a NS Power Dam project he read about, so off we go.. up hills, over dirt roads, on windy paths way up in the deep of the forest. I was a little nervous but when we finally got to the top of the dirt road, we came upon a beautiful man made HUGE lake, perfect for paddling.
The lake is over 30 km long and was made over 60 years ago using two dams. It was a beautiful calm paddle and we discovered a little waterfall, a few beautiful cottages and some very cool deadwood trees. Can you believe that this huge lake empties at the bottom of the hill into this quaint and bubbly river at St. Croix. (pictured below) We only paddled for two hours but we do plan on making a longer day of it, with some friends and a picnic lunch. There were lots of places to pull ashore.
Jack and Michelle came to visit one afternoon and we had a great time taking him to the little river just down from our tent. We enjoyed the cool water and the flat smooth round rocks too. Great for throwing and even painting.
Saturday morning, Jack and his mom and dad arrived just on time for a late morning camp breakfast. We were all so tired from lying awake most of the night in the rain/wind storm that we took our time getting up that morning. It was great to spend the morning with them.
The "UP" of camping, I must say, I loved being out in nature, enjoying the trees, the sounds, the water. The DOWNS of camping .....I didn't enjoy the "No See Ums"... which ate my legs to bits and resulted in many large red welts which I am now treating with cortisone. I have learned, though, that Deep Woods Off is my new favourite cologne!