Nova Scotia is a Canadian province situated on the Atlantic Ocean above Maine. It has vineyards and shipyards and the Bay of Fundy and Halifax and a giant moose statue and Tim Hortons. It also happens to be the home of my friend Kelsey. Kelsey and I lived in Montana together in the summer of 2013. This year she visited to doctor and came home with some less than great news, so I decided that a visit would be the best medicine. And I just fricking missed her.
In early July I hopped on a night flight to spend a week exploring her college home. Our first day we started out with a classic Canadian breakfast -- donuts and coffee! And hoped in the car with Kelsey's amazing friends Marisha, Alex, and Hannah to explore Peggy's Cove. Fortunately for me, Hurricane Arthur decided to visit Nova Scotia at the same time! So our day was windy and wavy and cloudy and downright spooky. The world doesn't always work the way we want it to, but it's beautiful even still. After exploring the lighthouse and waterfront, we stopped into the tourist trap restaurant and I tried my first clams and had some amazing seafood bisque. This is a high compliment coming from a gal who has been working in a soup shop for over a year.
I spent time being present, rather than behind my camera lens most of the trip to be honest. I only had a week with Kels and wanted to make sure I didn't miss a moment, even if it meant being missed in a photograph. We spent time walking around Halifax, hosting a BBQ, dancing with dads at the local tavern, doing my first jagger bomb with frat boys, and playing trivia at a bar on the Fourth of July. We lost by two points during the American section because we couldn't remember when Kanye and Kim got married. Go team USA, amiright? One day we spent exploring Lunenburg, a picturesque harbor where the famous Bluenose racing ship is docked and currently being restored. Claudia, from Lunenburg, showed us around the town and to a secret beach.
For the first time in my life, I got to visit a vineyard when I was in Nova Scotia. The vineyard we visited during our stay was located in the Annapolis Valley called Luckett Vineyards. It is relatively new, but darn good. In the middle of the vineyard they have a British telephone booth that you can make a free call to anywhere in the world from. Naturally, we called our moms.
The week Kelsey and I spent together was wonderful in so many different ways. I am so grateful to have a friend who can pick up where we left off after a year of being apart. 10/10 would visit again, and you should to!