Madcap Sailing

31 December 2018 | Gold River Marina, Nova Scotia, Canada
06 August 2018 | Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
26 May 2018 | Gold River Marina, Gold River, NS
18 May 2018 | Gold River Marina, Gold River, NS
24 March 2018 | boat in Gold River, NS and crew in Halifax
22 May 2017 | Whittaker Creek, Oriental, NC
15 May 2017 | Boat in Oriental, crew in New Orleans and Nova Scotia
26 April 2017 | Oriental, NC
26 April 2017 | Oriental, NC
20 April 2017 | Ocean Isle Marina, Ocean Beach, NC at Mile 335.6
17 April 2017 | Dewees Creek, near Charleston, NC
14 April 2017 | St Simons Island
12 April 2017 | Fernandina Beach, FL
11 April 2017 | St Augustine, FL
07 April 2017 | Vero Beach, Florida
03 April 2017 | Ft Pierce, FL
30 March 2017 | Ft Pierce, Florida

Autumn in Nova Scotia

28 October 2015 | crew in Halifax / Madcap in Rio Dulce
7 to 8 C and sunshine during the day (i.e. fleeces and gloves)
Our weather has definitely become chillier!

The leaves are turning red and yellow and orange, and we bundle up in warm jackets and scarves when we go walking. And we've been doing a fair bit of walking to work off all the Thanksgiving treats we devoured over the last couple of weeks. (We don't limit ourselves to one or two days of indulging!)

These colourful folks are lounging in the courtyard at South End Florist, just down the street.

I'll attempt again to get some pictures in here to show you some of the lovely scenery we've found on our hikes, and the Halifax waterfront after the visitors have left. Many cruise ships have come and gone - sometimes 3 and 4 a day, disgorging as many as 4000 passengers for a day of exploration - but the last couple of days have been quiet ones and the last ship of the season comes next week.

These colourful chairs are usually filled.

And the "wave" almost always has children scrambling up the slippery surface and sliding back down again - or huddled underneath sharing secrets.

The stands with tasty treats like BeaverTails - deep fried rounds of dough topped with butter and cinnamon, or fish and chips from the Battered Fish are shuttered for the winter season.

And it won't be long before the floating docks are hauled out of the water.

We hiked the first loop of the Bluff trail on the weekend. It's a gorgeous trail and because of the loops, hikers can take anywhere from 3 hours to 30 hours depending on how far they go. The leaves are past their prime, but there was still wonderful contrast between red leaves and granite rocks.

And oh! Those rocks! As in many places along the coastline of Nova Scotia, it is easy to see the terrain left from receding glaciers thousands of years ago - barren rock surfaces, huge boulders that look as if they have been simply dropped in place, and ones like this - floating on a cluster of little stones.

I love the way tenacious trees grow toward the sky from tiny pockets of fertile soil - sometimes stretching their roots around boulders and sometimes emerging from narrow crevices. This one looks just as if it is embracing the rock!

Our family has become supporters of the Cumberland County Hospice Society, and we went to Amherst on the day this sign indicating the future site of the hospice was unveiled. I can remember riding around this field on the hay wagon - a few decades ago! We are all hopeful that funds can be raised to make this the first free-standing hospice in Nova Scotia.

We sat down over lunch with Jim and Jeannie (Estelle) and I scribbled down notes and suggestions as fast as I could, while Jim marked anchorages and shoals on his charts. The "pack this" piles are growing in our bedroom and we're gradually emptying the fridge - sure signs of our departure! Now if those oak trees would just start dropping the leaves in our back yard, I could start raking and be a little ahead of the game on fall cleanup. Otherwise, before we know it, we will be doing boat cleanup in the Rio Dulce, and a major Spring cleanup back here!
Vessel Name: Madcap
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 36
Hailing Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Crew: James D Bissell (Jim) and Elizabeth Lusby (Beth)
About: Beth and Jim have spent several winters sailing southern waters on s/v Madcap. They love Halifax in the summer, but loved to spend the winters exploring warmer places - the Bahamas, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras.
The Madcap crew left Ottawa in 2007 to go sailing in the Bahamas. After a highly successful year, they returned to Canada, settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in the fall of 2009 they left to do it again! Journey #3 (2010/11) took them back to the Bahamas and then on to Cuba for several weeks [...]
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