Hello, It’s Me

It’s been a snowy, and quite frankly gross, week on PEI.  With the roads being sub-par, adventuring in my little 2002 Jetta was probably not in my best interest.  So, I’ve decided to post yet another picture from the Hopewell Rocks (I know, I know, I’m sorry!).  But don’t worry, I am looking forward to getting out once this wet and yucky snow ends, and getting some pretty wintery pictures, and maybe even some festive ones as the holidays approach!  (PS kudos to Shaugn for actually taking this picture for me, xo).

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Now, I know I can’t just post a picture of myself and call it day.  Instead, I have decided to do something similar to what I did in Shaugn’s post, and let you all know 10 different things about me!  Enjoy 🙂

  1. I want to by a physiotherapist when I “grow up” (whenever that happens…)
  2. If Shaugn has his way, we will have two dogs, a Boxer (his) and an Australian Shepard (mine)
  3. I have a Youth Olympic Bronze Medal in curling
  4. My (current) favourite past time is watching Gilmore Girls
  5. Although I said I would never need a coffee to get me going in the morning, it is best recommended that you do approach me before I am at least half way through my cup of joe in the mornings
  6. My favourite blog is The Uncommon Law
  7. I absolutely love the outdoors
  8. I want to someday travel to all different parts of the world
  9. I will only clean my room/apartment/Shaugn’s place while listening to 2000’s one-hit wonders
  10. Chocolate covered almonds are God’s gift sent from the heavens

Also, if you haven’t forgotten, this is still one of the best songs there ever.

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Hello, It’s Me

Kid at Heart

Rule #34 in life: When asking your significant other to pose nicely for you, you should expect them to do something silly 97% of the time. (Don’t believe me? Check this out.)

As mentioned in a previous post, Shaugn and I were recently over to New Brunswick, and spent our morning hiking at the Hopewell Cape Park.  It was a great morning, with many silly pictures!

Kid at Heart

As this is (I believe) Shaugn’s first time officially being on the blog, I’ve decided to do something different! So here are 10 random facts about Shaugn.

  1. If you are on the island, you can listen to him weekday afternoons on the radio
  2. He is originally from the far away land of Montreal, and is persistently trying and failing to teach me French
  3. The puns will never end, and never really get any funnier
  4. Along with trying to teach me French, he has a degree in Music Performance (Classical Piano), and is succeeding at teaching me how to play
  5. He has a cat named Jack(ass), who he loves and hates more than most things
  6. Although he just turned 26, he acts 7, maybe 8, at best (please refer to picture above)
  7. His favourite shows are HIMYM, Friends, and Scrubs
  8. He will ruin almost every cute, loving, or serious conversation we try to have by cracking jokes or making a funny face
  9. He hates curling, but tolerates it around me
  10. He has the biggest heart and the kindest soul
Kid at Heart

Hopewell Cape

This past weekend, Shaugn and I made the ‘big trip’ over to Moncton, mostly to go to Costco (no surprise there).  When we decided to go on a Sunday, we both thought it would be a great idea to get up a few hours earlier and do some exploring.  As it had been years since I was at the Hopewell Rocks, Shaugn never being there before, and only a 30 minute drive past Moncton, it was determined that this would be our adventure.  Unfortunately, though, when we looked at the tide table, it was going to be high tide.  This meant that the 40 feet of water would slightly hinder the experience of walking on the ocean floor!  We still went, and hiked throughout the park (as Shaugn told me all the ways that the animals in New Brunswick can kill me), and had a great time!

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The really cool thing about the Hopewell Rocks, and the Bay of Fundy, is that they are some of the highest and fastest tides in the world.  When we were there around mid-morning, the tide was around 40ft.  If we would have gone back around 2 or 3, we would be able to walk where the water once was.  The tides rise around 6-7 feet per hour, meaning that in the summer you can hike on the ocean floor, go grab some lunch, and then kayak later that same day.  We did not have time to wait for the tide to go out, however we were able to watch the water rushing out when we got back to Moncton, as some of the rivers that run through the city are connected to the Bay.

Hopewell Cape

The Lookout

One of the best parts of Mooney’s Pond is the trail that surrounds it.  It only takes about twenty minutes to complete, if you’re a speed walking demon like me, but it is so beautiful with many benches and lookouts. If you wanted to take your walk a little further, an extension around the pond leads you right to the confederation trail!

The Lookout

I also wanted to give a shoutout to all the people who shared my last picture from Mooney’s Pond.  CBC Prince Edward Island, Views PEI, Tourism PEI, Canon Canada, and everyone else who liked, commented, or shared my picture on Facebook and Instagram.  It’s things like this that motivate me to keep taking pictures (other than the desire to procrastinate studying!).

See you all next week!

 

The Lookout

Mooney’s Pond

What a beautiful hidden gem this was!  I’ve been trying to find all these little place on the Island to take pictures of while the leaves are changing colour (and still on the trees..), and this was top of the list.  The trip wasn’t even all that planned.  I looked out my window one day, saw it was sunny, packed up my gear, and left.  One RCMP check stop and two wrong turns later, I found myself at the foot of a trail leading down to this beautiful pond.

Mooney's Pond

This picture has inspired me to challenge myself to post a new picture every week.  That’s right, you’ll have to deal with me every. single. week.  Whether it be a picture from a hike I recently took, or a throwback (Thursday-style), I want to commit to delivering content every week for the rest of the year.  Let me know your thoughts, and if it goes well, maybe I’ll continue it into the new year!

Mooney’s Pond

Winter River

This trail posed to be the perfect spot to have a little study break, so Shaugn and I took off and went for a little hike!  The trail is absolutely beautiful, and has many different terrains, as well as benches (which were stopped at frequently) perched on the edge of the water.  Another cool thing about this trail (and most trails I have been on) is that they contain many geocaches.  We ended up finding two without any hints or directions, just a general idea of where they were located.

Unfortunately, due to time constraints (damn work..), we were unable to complete the full trail, but will definitely be going back before the snow falls to finish it, and may even head back out with our snow shoes in the winter time!

Winter RiverAt the trailhead, the Winter River Trail heads off northerly, through the white spruce thicket, emerging shortly onto a woods road.  There is a family of rabbits just north of the parking lot, dining on the colorful mushrooms in the vicinity.  The road soon plunges again into white spruce over gently rolling terrain, except where it approaches the Winter River ravine via spurs, to catch the view.  Small feeder streams are bridged and wet spots  have boardwalks.  A few mature white pine are found, including one patriarch 70 feet to 80 feet tall and 24 inches diameter at shoulder height. (kudos to Island Trails for providing this awesome description on their website :P)

Winter River

Busy Bee

Well, really, who isn’t?  I honestly don’t think I’ve left the library for more than just to go home and sleep since November started.  Oh, and have I ever mentioned how time consuming university is??  Well, if I haven’t, apparently it is way to time consuming to take pictures, edit them, or even post things on my blog.  I really want to start posting more often, about more than just photography, but it has just been so hard for me.  I never thought that I would be this busy this semester, but with 5 final projects, 1 midterm, and 2 finals coming up, I should’ve known better.

But, rest assured, my semester is officially over on December 8th when I write my final exam, and then after that I am a free woman (if you exclude curling and work…)!  So please, please, please don’t lose faith when I say I will be posting pictures from this summer’s trip to Fogo Island, some forgotten one’s from certain shoots this summer, new work with my favorite subject, and maybe even some new things to spice up the blog!  I also hope to figure some different things out on how to work this new layout, and hopefully make it super user friendly (if that is even possible with technology).

For those of you who actually read my posts, thank you so much!  You don’t realize how amazing you are!

Until next time, Em

Busy Bee