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So what are your thoughts on caves?

Yeah, so what about caves then. I love them. Just think about how often caves sneak into our lives: cavemen lived in them; so do bears and lots of other animals; pirates hid treasure in them; bad guys hid-out in them when they were being chased by The Law; religious icons were buried and sealed in them; Mother Nature grows her treasures in them …. caves come up a lot, don’t they?

So now, have you ever wanted to explore one? There’s lots caves around the world that you can explore – but some of them require nerves of steel .. or abs of steel.

Nova Scotia has some sweet caves for you to explore quite safely. Even if you’re a kid … or a politically correct kid-at-heart.

The Ovens Natural Park is great. You can camp there in tent or trailer, or rent a cabin if that’s more your style (and if there are any spots still available!). There is a playground for the kids, a pool for anyone who wants to swim, Pleasant Paddling sea kayaking through the Ovens; there a museum, an opportunity to do gold panning; a store and a restaurant, live music every night. Oh my heavens, seriously? There’s more? Indeed. A petting zoo. And the caves! Don’t forget the caves!! There is a walking tour through the natural sea caves (you can go guided, or just take yourself). Talk about some amazing photos to show your mates back home, right? Once they sort out their governmental paperwork, there are zodiac tours into the caves as well, but you’ll have to give them a call to find out when they reckon it’ll be sorted.

You should know heading out there that it isn’t free. Sadly. Well if you live here and go in the off-season and guide yourself it is, but there’s a fee this time of year. Still, it’s highly worth it. Really, when you think of it the fees are quite reasonable: it keeps the parks clean (somone, not you of course, but someone ELSE keeps littering and so somebody has to clean that up right? And sort all the unsorted garbage because we Nova Scotians have very specific and environmentally friendly garage laws), and the toilets clean and usable, trails clear, etc. etc. etc. Think of the poor sod having to do all that work – he or she does deserve a wage, yes? Well, so, we have to pay fees.

Again, it’s entirely worth it.

Phew, I’m hot. It’s another scorcher today and I think you can tell from today’s blog that my heart isn’t in it. I’m just too stinkin’ hot. So I’m heading out to one of our beautiful beaches with my kids to cool off… see ya!

Swimming, you say?

Mahone Bay Pool
So I know it: I’ve mentioned a million (okay 3 or 4) of our totally rocking beaches that we have around here. Sandy beaches, castle-building-sand beaches, rocky beaches, beach glass beaches, sand dollar beaches, surfing beaches … we’ve got them all. What I haven’t mentioned, though, is a pool!

It’s true: not everyone always feels like a beach. Sometimes you might feel like swimming somewhere you can be sure there is no seaweed, or hermit crabs, or starfish, or fish, or turtles, or frogs, or anything else that might nibble at your toes or tickle your legs while you swim. And if that’s what you want, we’ve got that too. Both Lunenburg and Mahone Bay have pools, but today I’m going to chat a little bit about the Mahone Bay Pool, as you could probably tell from that photo up top.

The Mahone Bay Pool is perfect. It’s really inexpensive (10 swims for $35, or $4 a day … even cheaper, of course, for those of you who are going to hang around for a long time to purchase a membership – by the week, fortnight, month or season). The water is crystal clear and refreshing. There are shady spots to sit if you don’t want to be in the sun, but lots of sunny spots as well. It’s in a quiet little corner of Mahone Bay so you don’t have traffic noise or lots of people gawking at your jiggly thighs and not-so-freshly-shaven legs in your swimsuit (pardon? Everyone doesn’t have that worry? Sorry, my mistake.)

Anyway, the pool is staffed by the best and friendliest lifeguards around (in my opinion anyway!), and the pool is never so crowded that you can’t escape the more rowdy swimmers, whatever age they might be.

And if, like me, you want to plan a few hours with the pool all to yourself (or yourself and your friends) for an incredibly reasonable price you can rent the pool for two hours with a barbecue to boot, and the fee includes two lifeguards. What more can you ask for, right?

So if you’ve got a hankering for an outdoor swim without the wildlife that sometimes accompanies it, why not head to Mahone Bay Pool. You won’t be sorry.

Let’s add some colour here

So two photos: one of the Picton Castle as it arrived on Saturday (isn’t she a beautiful ship?) and the other is one of my daughter’s welcoming summer — yahoo!!

It’s the first full day of summer, and Nova Scotia is making sure we all know it! Another absolutely stunning day. Come on down, visit one of our beaches or if that’s too natural for your taste then go for a swim in one of the many indoor or outdoor pools we have in our area.

We sat up late last night at the picnic tables out in front of the backpackers hostel and have a few beers — listening to the last of the spring peepers (there’s still one or two male frogs out there hoping to get lucky before the heat sets in) and the owls .. lovely. Come join us … why sit in the busy sitting breathing in pollution when you can be here breathing in fresh sea air? Ahhhhhh … I love where I live ♥