Nova Scotia: Full Moon Shelters & Salty Hikes

Nova Scotia: Full Moon Shelters & Salty Hikes
THGJ @ Peggy's Cove

THGJ @ Peggy’s Cove

After leaving Cape Breton, Guillaume and I traveled back down the belly of Nova Scotia and stopped off at Peggy’s Cove.

THGJ Peggy's Cove

There’s some interesting folklore surrounding Peggy’s Cove. One story states that a pretty young shipwreck survivor washed up on shore and couldn’t remember her name. She fell in love with a local Nova Scotian fisherman and everyone started calling her “Peggy of the Cove.” Today, her cove is a spectacular sight, with a gorgeous lighthouse serving as the coup de grâce. 

THGJ Peggy's Cove

Our next stop was Mahone Bay. We were scheduled to stay with James and Jennifer, the owner/builders of Full Moon Tiny Shelters.

James lead us down his narrow gravel driveway. “It might be a tricky turn around,” he warned us, “But, I’ve done it before with another tiny house your size.” A few branches were sacrificed as we slowly weaved our way through James’s secluded driveway, but aside from that, no tiny homes were harmed in this parking.

THGJ @ Full Moon Tiny Shelters

THGJ @ Full Moon Tiny Shelters

The following day, Guillaume and I were lucky enough to tour the Harmony House, which is the residence of Dawn Higgins – the third builder/partner of Full Moon Tiny Shelters.

The Harmony House

Harmony House by Full Moon Tiny Shelters

The Harmony House was unlike any tiny home I had ever seen. I was thoroughly impressed by the bathroom. Completely jealous of it actually! I thought the layout was unqiue and Dawn’s great room was flooded with light from a wall of windows. The house runs on solar, is fully insulated to withstand a harsh winter and features a wood stove for heating.

James, Jennifer and their son, Magnus, were great hosts. We enjoyed a few meals together, including our first dinner party in the tiny house! Five people sat around our teeny tiny table. I strategically served chili because we didn’t have enough space for five plates (but five bowls would work)! But my plot was foiled when I remembered Guillaume and I only own two bowls. Drat! In the end, Jennifer, James and Magnus agreed to BYOB – Bring Your Own Bowls.

Party of Five! Dinner in the tiny house

Party of Five! Dinner in the tiny house

Lunenburg is a cute town near Mahone Bay, jam-packed with extensive history. We wandered around the bright harbor one afternoon and munched on fried scallops, lobster rool and amazing french fries at the Fish Shack.

Lunenburg Harbor

Lunenburg Harbor

Enjoying fried clams & a lobster roll at the Fish Shack

Enjoying fried clams & a lobster roll at the Fish Shack

Guillaume & Salies relaxing on the Lunenburg docks

Guillaume & Salies relaxing on the Lunenburg docks

Lunenberg Docks

Lunenberg Docks

My favorite portion of Lunenburg was the old cemetery. I have a fascination with tombstones, perhaps that makes me odd. I like the idea that random strangers, whom live centuries apart, can identify with one another because of a few short words carved in stone. And after a couple hundred years of weather and erosion, those words become illegible. I guess that’s when a person’s memory really dies. When they are finally allowed to disintegrate. That thought always leaves a bitter sweet taste on my tongue.

On our final day in Mahone Bay, we went on an epic hike (Gaff Point Trail at Hirtle Beach).  It’s one of the BEST HIKES WE’VE EVER BEEN ON! The scenery is just stunning. And the diversity – wow!

It was a windy day, and at one point during the hike we were standing on the edge of a cliff. The wind threw us back hard. Really hard.

THGJ Hirtle's Beach - 0016 THGJ Hirtle's Beach - 0017

Guillaume and I were blown away (quite literally) by the well-maintained trail, but I think Salies appreciated the hike even more than we did. It was so much fun to watch her act like a puppy again. Running in circles, jumping in mud. Never thinking about the consequences:

So that's what the tub is for! #smallesttubever #dogwash #tinyhouse #tinybathroom

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Next up: Tiny House swimming lessons! We put our home on a ferry from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to Portland, Maine.

– Jenna

 

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10 Comments

  1. Jane Thompson
    December 10, 2014 / 1:24 pm

    Wow, it’s been over 33 years since I’ve been down there. Your pictures are beautiful. Washington coast is lovely, too. Different, though. The rocks look newer. lol

  2. November 25, 2014 / 8:16 pm

    Dude, so rad! I grew up in New England, spending every other weekend in Maine. It’s probably where I’d love to settle down the most. Great pictures, thanks for sharing, and I’m glad you didn’t have to endure a Nor’easter (or noah eastah! as we say it)

  3. Sherry
    November 15, 2014 / 5:53 am

    Love watching your adventure wish I could be you right now, enjoy the time you both are having toghether this adventure will live long in your heart long after the truck is in the driveway.scherr

  4. November 12, 2014 / 10:05 am

    Oh gosh, I was just there this summer and you’re making me miss the east coast so badly. Beautiful! 🙂

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