We have been itching to get camping all summer and we finally got our chance on labor day. We met wendy and family at Five Island, NS, which is on the NS side of the bay of fundy. It’s a really beautiful spot!
Our campground was not fancy (and neither was the area), but it had a beautiful view of the five islands. Wendy and some of the others we camped with were able to dig lots and lots of fresh calms when the tide went out. They lost a boot or two to the red mud and even had a mud fight one afternoon.
This was our first camping trip with all three kids. The kids did fantastic when it came to sleeping in the tent – the boys even fell asleep on the same air mattress a couple of nights. Only one night was very cold but we minded that more than they did. We had lots of meals on the picnic table and coleman stove and a campfire every night (which I think is the kids’ favorite).
One of my favorite moments was when I checked on the boys after they had been tucked in the first night. The sky was so clear and so dark that the sky was littered with stars and you could see the milky way. My boys had never really seen that … for the most part, they’re in bed before it’s dark! So I hauled them out of bed and made them look up at the sky and their reaction was, “wooooah!”. For a kid who went outside with star maps and a flashlight, that was a priceless moment. In fact, I see winter evenings snuggled up on the deck with a sleeping bag and hot chocolate in our future.
This isn’t the cutest picture of eleanor but she’s just woken up, in her rubbers, and looking cute anyway in her camp chair. I see a little bit of me in this picture.
On Saturday morning, we drove to Cape Chignecto provincial park. It was a long drive on a windy and hilly road but the scenery was fantastic. There isn’t much at that park for day use, but they have several trails and outback camping sites if you want to really hike.
It was such a pretty day. And of course if there are rocks to be climbed, the boys will be on them. Eleanor stopped and posed for this one. We had all of our food with us so we picnic’ed here and then headed back to the tent site.
Another shot from the campground. And a “cheeeeese” full of corny teeth.
On Sunday morning we all hiked to economy falls. It was a quick (but steep) hike that ended up in this beautiful spot. There were little pools at the bottom of the falls, deep enough that many of us were able to get in (but my, was it cold). Every one of us got in to some degree. Nelly came along with us too and she was so easy to have along. She was pretty exhausted after that hike to the waterfall though and didn’t even eat supper when we came home sunday night. On Sunday afternoon we went to five islands provincial park – beautiful cliffs, lots of people clamming, some tent sites.
The tide was waaay out so we kicked off our shoes and walked in the mud a little bit. The kids laughed when they realized the clams were squirting juice on them when they got stepped on. Eleanor really didn’t mind it. At first I groaned about it but … what the heck. It’s only mud.
At the end of the beach was this gorgeous view… I turned around for a minute and emery had climbed. He was pretty proud of himself! The kids were wrangy after this hike so we topped it off with ice cream and a swim in the campground pool. The pool was cold but we all needed it at that point.
And to top it off… another pic of eleanor in her jammies and flip flops.
Other than outdoorsy things, there’s not a lot for the kids to do in this area so I’m not sure I would return there until the kids can handle a longer hike. Overall though, our first camping trip of five went really well.
We had our moments and had lots of help from the cousins to keep the kids entertained, but everyone was fed and slept and was happy (most of the time). And… we made lots of memories!