since I'm only an occasional poster and never a trip report contributor (there are so many good ones already, why add noise to the signal?), I am excited to post my very first trip report (I hope. Haven't done a search, so I could be wrong!).
This will probably also take the wind out of Gulagger's sails because I'm sure _she_ wants to post instead.
Anyways, we have both moved to Nova Scotia while she attends school, so I figure we can contribute by being the first to post atlantic canadian TRs. I apologize now for the lack of: mountains, bears, scree, peaks, pikas, hot springs, and Kokanee (beer OR fish). Instead you'll see scrub, deciduous trees, hip waders, bugs, moose (not _this_ TR, sorry), and Keiths (just the beer, no such fish).
The wilds are surprisingly close to Halifax, in fact this trip took place not a 15 minute drive from our apartment on the peninsula. Over the course of Sunday and Monday we saw a grand total of 1 person and 2 dogs. Not bad.
The Bluff Wilderness trail starts just off the BLT trail (sounds tasty, but actually means Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea), an old railway bed. They do really enjoy their wilderness trails here in Nova Scotia and really attempt to be very subtle in their placing of route markers (spray painted in black or dark green on the occasional rocks and trees).
Here's me and Lorilee (our token newf) at the start of the trail.
And a stern warning just at the start of the wilderness area. Apparently no one has even seen a Nova Scotian bear in quite some time, however. They've been hunted out until they're so scared of humans they probably spend most of their lives in their dens.
A lot of the terrain here is quite cool, with large barrens of granite. This makes us look like we're going uphill!
Gulagger tries on her new Outdoor Research bug net. We're planning some trips to Kejimkujik and Newfoundland... apparently this is standard issue.
Here's a couple shots of our campsite, with me busy cooking for some lazy louts:
Finally, here's our map. PC1-5 are potential camping areas, nicely situated on top of granite to minimize impact, with plenty of smaller rocks around to anchor your tent to. The white trail is our first day (Sunday), and the yellow is Monday's. (If anyone wants the GPX file with waypoints and track routes, let me know).