On being wet, and cold…

On our last full day in Nova Scotia, we decided to walk the Cape Split trail, overlooking the Bay of Fundy. On the way there, I spotted another interesting sign:


I think the 3rd row, 2nd from left means ‘fruit and veggies for picking’ because the ladies in my classes said so. The last row, 1st image may be ‘farmer’s market’. Or not. The thing that I notice about Canadian signs is that they are more varied than the ones I see in the US, and they are more complex. In most cases they are easy to intuit, but not always. It must be a cultural thing. I’ll bet they make sense to Canadians.

I admit, I knew nothing about the Bay of Fundy before this morning. It is known for having the highest tidal range in the world. We drove toward Cape Split when the tide was low. We stopped to take some pictures on the way. Here’s an overlook into the valley…


We stopped to take a photo of a beach with the tide out, and again on the way back when the tide was in. There was 3-4 hours between the shots with the water out and the water in.

I know that the tide goes in and out everywhere. It is high, and then low. But apparently in the Bay of Fundy the tide goes out really fast and comes in really fast. We were advised not to walk out on what looks like a safe place because you can get washed away. It happens.

I took a few photos as we began the hike, before the rain started. A lot of the trail looked like this.

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The trail was steep-ish in some places. There were rocks and tree roots, but this was not a particularly hard hike. That said, I was sorry I didn’t take my knee braces for the downhill parts. Up may make your lungs hurt, but downhill is really hard on your knees.

We saw ‘Christmas trees’ on this hike. In fact, we’ve seen them all over Nova Scotia. I will always think of this place when I smell, and stroke, a Christmas tree pine.


And there was art on the trail! There was a sign that identified this as part of the Fey Forest by Christine Waugh, an exhibit from Uncommon Common Art.


There were more parts to the exhibit but it was too darned wet to pull out either a camera or an iPhone to take a picture. And, honestly, it was too wet and cold for me to stop to admire the art. But I tried.


The Cape Split trail is 18 kilometers long, about 8 miles. It is listed as a 4-5 hour hike. We did it in 3 hours, mostly because I walk fast. Also, it was raining and cold. Usually I can moderate my speed-walking with stopping to take photos and admire the scenery. Not so much today.

When we got back to the car, and rest room, my hands were so cold that my thumbs didn’t work. I found it nearly impossible to deal with the snaps and zipper on my pants. That was a first!

Instead of doing more with the day, we went directly to our hotel near the airport. It will be a very early morning to catch our first flight home but we are warm and dry and our clothes and shoes are mostly dry! Dinner was nice. We have wine and an internet connection. And we are both tired enough to sleep well tonight.

Now, you’re read this far, I should share the rest. I wear my sister, Christy’s, watch when I wear a watch. I had it on for this trip. Christy died more than 3 years ago and you can go back in my blog to read about the end of her life if you want to. Suffice it to say, I feel her presence when I wear her watch. I don’t dwell, but it’s a nice nudge.

As we walked today and the rain got worse, I realized that the watch might not like the water, so I took it off and put it in a dry pocket of my pants. When we got to the point at Cape Split and headed back I realized that my pocket was not dry enough and I should move the watch to Steve’s backpack. And then it was: ‘oh shit, where’s the watch?!!!’

I checked my pockets. Steve checked my pockets. No watch. I was more than bummed. On the 4 mile walk back we kept our eyes on the ground. I tried to remember where I was when I took it off and moved it to my pocket. We asked those we passed if they had seen it and they had not. I realized that there had been a lot of rain. The trail had lots more puddles on the outbound walk. The watch was surely under water.

On the walk back to the car, I let my sister’s watch go. I realized that I felt her in that watch and maybe leaving it on this trail was not such a bad thing. I think it’s a place she would like. Honestly, it kind of suits her. A little wild, tempestuous, different.

When we got to the car, I didn’t feel as bad about loosing Christy’s watch as I thought I would. And then, after my fingers thawed out, I found it hiding in my pocket, next to my fitbit. That felt good.

Objects with attachments are interesting, aren’t they? There are things, like Christy’s watch, that mean more than they are worth. But things are ephemeral. I’m happy to realize that I love my sister’s watch, I’m happy to still have it, but I could also be happy without it.

Things are things, people are what count. With or without the watch, my sister won’t be leaving my memory.

14 thoughts on “On being wet, and cold…

  1. I loved your pictures of Nova Scotia…and was touched by your description of the watch. We are planning a trip to Nova Scotia later this summer. Any hints are welcome!


    • If you like to walk/hike, there’s a lot to see, all over the peninsula. I’d get a map and look at the areas around the coast. Rent a car and see as much as you can. Talk to the locals because they know where to go. Have s good trip!

      Also, come prepared to dress in layers and have a good rain jacket.

      Sent from my iPhone



  2. I’ve enjoyed your posts from Nova Scotia. My husband and I went there a couple of decades ago and have wanted to return but haven’t made it back yet. I seem to recall that there are places where you can white-water raft the incoming tide. One of the road Canadian highway signs that I found most amusing was when we traveled through Quebec (different trip) of the backsides of naked people–stands for nudist colony ahead!


  3. This is why we love you, Becky. You have the same reactions we do. If I lost my sister’s (actually brother’s in my case, since I don’t have a sister – darn!!!) watch in a beautiful woods, I’d be sad for myself but happy that it/she was there, just as you describe. And to find it later – I’d feel like she wanted to stay with me and be very, very happy.

    Speaking of watches, I can’t believe I did it, but I ordered an Apple watch and got the email that it was shipped today so maybe I’ll have it tomorrow or Wednesday!!!

    And in regard to wet and cold, we’ve gone from beautiful weather here in NH to the upper 40s today and rain. Nothing like what TX has experienced in the recent past, but I had to switch from air conditioning to heat today! That’s New England in a nutshell!


      • I received my Apple watch yesterday, in Apple’s traditionally beautiful packaging. Surprising packaging, since the box it came in is 12″x3″x3″, pure white with the Apple logo embossed on top – I was asking myself, “Is this the watch?” It just didn’t look like a watch box! Inside is a smaller, plastic box (12″x3″x3/4″) holding the watch (flat) and below that, separated by heavy cardboard, the charger, instruction manual and extra watch band (the longer one). The charger is interesting. It attaches to the back of the watch magnetically and seems to charge pretty quickly. I started the watch up and it immediately asked to be “paired” with my iPhone. An easy process. What the pairing did is automatically transfer any apps that are watch-ready from my iPhone to my watch and sync with my phone. I haven’t received any calls or messages yet (I’m not a heavy phone or text user…) but setting up the watch was pretty easy. I picked a watch face – there are several to choose from and I think you can also configure your own, figured out how to use the two buttons provided, found the apps I’m most interested in and monitored my heartbeat several times. That’s the most interesting thing to me – the health options now and to come. I have a-fib so I like to keep track of my heartbeat and now it’s easy. So that’s it so far! I’m a $10 Timex user, so spending $350 on a watch is unheard of for me… but I couldn’t resist.


      • Oh my… I was hoping to hear that you weren’t impressed :-). I’m doing my best to resist. If you think of it, let me know more after you’ve worn it a while. Until then, I’m going to try to not spend that money.

        Thank you for the update!



  4. It’s a fun to have but really not needed. I would wait for a future version when they have more useful apps. I’m very interested to see how the health care apps develop. If I can “go” to the doctor without physically going or get/share information with my doctors (heart rate, bp, etc), that would be awesome, esp. in the winter. Right now, it’s kind of a mix of fun and a remote control for my iPhone… LOL… apps are very basic. I was playing with the music app on the phone today and my iPhone started playing the choice I made; scared me to death for a second!!! Since I’m a Red Sox fan, I was pleased to see the watch version of the MLB app… so I can see scores… but, really, you can wait. I probably should have. It’s a lot of $$$.


  5. Whoops – playing with the music app on the WATCH… and the iPhone started playing the music I chose… I kept thinking the sound would come out of the watch, not my iPhone… LOL… learning curve…


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