Sunday, October 4, 2009

Rafting adventures : getting there

For a while now I've been saying that I'm looking forward to turning 50 and this past weekend confirmed my thoughts. Going rafting was on my list of things to do to celebrate my 50th. Last month Dave booked a rafting tour and a cabin at Tidal Bore Rafting Park & Cottages. My birthday is next month but the celebrations have started !!!!!

We left the house at 7 a.m. Saturday morning. Getting to the rafting park is a 4 hour drive but we knew we had many stops before getting there. We did'nt really have a schedule so we took our time; stopped whenever we had the urge to explore. I knew that one of those stops was at an antique store in Hubbards (one of many costal communities on the other coast of Nova Scotia) to buy a fair trade basket handmade in Ghana. Before getting to the basket we stopped in Chester Basin - look at that view. (Note for my niece Colleen - it is very similar to Mahone Bay, you would love it).

I forgot to take a picture of the antique store where I got my basket but here we were at the Hubbards Farmers Market. We got a baquette, cheese and cookies.

Our initial destination - the rafting park. They are not in the hustle and bustle of the everyday busyness. They own acres upon acres of land. You drive their dirt road driveway for about 10 minutes before getting there.

Below Dave is walking the road leading to the Main Lodge.

It's getting late folks, I will leave you for tonight and tomorrow night I will show you our cute little cottage we had for the night.

Unfortunately we had to leave our camera behind so I don't have pictures from the time we get into our rain gear and life jackets; into the river and getting back but I will have an after picture of Dave and I - we are pretty soaked.

In the meantime, watch this promotional video the owners have on their website. It gives you a pretty good idea of the place.

Can I just say ''WE ARE GOING BACK''.


Eco Yogini said...

fun! you are so brave! rafting scares the poo out of me lol.
Chester is so beautiful... I really need to go back with a camera :)

JoyceAnn said...

Sounds like so much fun , I've always wanted to go rafting. Maybe I'll save that adventure for my 50th birthday too , just turned 48 , so have a couple of years to work out a plan.
Your pics are wonderful , love the beautiful scenery , hope you're going to show us that basket :)

~ Autumn Blessings ~

Colleen said...

love that view of Chester Basin -- I'm sure I would love it. looks like it was a gorgeous day. the video was awesome; it looks like such fun. can't wait to see the after photos and the pics of the cabin. you guys are true adventurers!

Vickie LeBlanc said...

Eco Yogini - rafting the extreme tides is NOT for anyone that is afraid of the water. I can see myself living in Chester. I loved it the moment we drove in the village.

JoyceAnn - you must try the rafting. It was a little scary at first not knowing what it was all about but after one nose-dive I was hocked. I think I have a few pictures with the basket in them. I'll try and post tonight.

Colleen - I can picture you living in Chester/Mahone Bay (both villages are close to each other). I love adventure and as you know I LOVE NATURE so rafting was right up there for me.

sherrieg said...

Fun, fun! It sounds like you had a lovely time. I can't wait to see what else you do to celebrate your upcoming birthday!