We’re there again. Lockdown. Roughly a year ago, nobody could have imagined that something like this could ever happen. Yet here we are. Lockdown after lockdown, restrictions after restrictions. Some countries even go as far as a full confinement, with no possibility to even leave your home.

Quiet evening

Luckily, Canada has not implemented such restrictions nation-wide. After all, some business must go on, right? At least we can still go out a bit, to get some fresh air.

On vacation, we all tend to go where everyone else goes. It’s so much easier to find those online reactions for good food and good service. The more people go somewhere, the more they talk about it. The more people will be attracted to that place. It seems to be a natural process for everything.

Martinique Beach

Yet, here I am, thinking (again) that there must be more than this. What if I go left where everyone wants us to go right?

New surroundings bring new challenges and new discoveries. So what is the best way to go about that? Some people will dive in head first and will run or drive around and within days they know everything about everything.

Stubborn is me

Until you ask them a specific question, that is. Usually that is where the knowledge ends. I am trying to do as a cat does in a new home. The first thing to do is walk around and fall asleep in the best place of the house. After that, exploration goes in a spiral outwards from the sleeping spot.

Cooped up for the sake of a possible infection. Once arrived in Nova Scotia, it was time for a period of self-isolation.  Our apartment is big enough to avoid cabin fever, so at least that risk was avoided. It was empty for the whole 14 days, echoes and reverb in every room.

Safe distance

The chair I had designated as my interim office chair had decided to break mere hours before being packed in the car before departure. As a result, I had to work with my computer on a folding picnic table, sitting on a plastic cooler that was not appreciating my weight.

The trip was fairly short and uneventful. The only one not enjoying it -at-all- was Mia. Not used to car trips, short or long, she retreated into her own space. We started off on a Sunday morning. Warnings of bad bad weather were out.

Leaving Winnipeg

We had no choice but to move ahead of the storm system. When we left, Winnipeg was still sunny, devoid of snow and ice and I intended to keep it that way for all of the trip.

John Pelechaty
8 days 18 hours

---Nice blog Henk and impressed that bridge was stress engineered....:-)

Gary Vincent
15 days 15 hours

Excellent photos and information

1 month 4 days

Looking forward to seeing your new adventures!

1 month 5 days

Hi, The best time to visit starts around May Long Weekend. Before, most is still frozen or too cold. There is no entrance fee ...

Judy Moffat
1 month 6 days

When is the best time to tour and is there a entrance fee

1 month 7 days

Henk! I guess I haven't been following things as closely as usual. This is a surprise. I think you will love the east coast. ...

1 month 7 days

Wishing all the best on the new horizons Henk!

1 month 7 days

It has been so wonderful to get to know you and your wonderful family over the years. I will always remember evenings out wit ...

Michelle Perron
1 month 26 days

Hi there, Having grown up in Northern Manitoba (Snow Lake to be exact), your nature sound recordings bring me right back ...

2 months 7 days

I'd join you!