Upon landing in Nova Scotia, my first thought was that it looked, and felt, like home.
The province is reminiscent of the place I grew up, with its rolling hills, evergreens, and quaint coastal towns, but that’s not the whole story.
Nova Scotia is a place that makes a person want to stay.
We were on our way to an adventure of unknown proportions, fishing 20 miles off the coast of Wedgeport for bluefin the size of bears. I was ready for the challenge… but let’s be real, I knew absolutely nothing.
Once I was introduced to the chair, the thick twine, the reels as big as my head, well… it was a little scary. My stomach started to churn, and it wasn’t long before I started to hope for a slow day… just to save me from the embarrassment of the desperate, soul-sucking failure I knew I was about to endure.
But all of that fear was gone as soon as I felt the exhilaration and accomplishment of reeling in an animal so huge. Mark still can’t stop laughing at the grin I couldn’t wipe from my face.
The stuff is crazy fun.
… and the fun didn’t stop with a little fishing. Over two days on the water we saw so many whales, seals, and sharks it almost felt commonplace.
I couldn’t help but wonder what my mom would have thought, who used to squeal with glee at the sight of one whale miles and miles offshore, nothing more than a speck. These guys were practically jumping on the boat.
On our last day in Wedgeport, we hopped back in the boat for a visit to the Tusket Islands, full of brightly colored lobster pots and weathered fishing cabins that serve as the perfect picnic spot in the summer, and transform into a bustling village full of fishermen (and women) as soon as lobster season descends.
Of course, in season or no, lobster is practically ground beef in Wedgeport, where the softer-shelled pinchers who might not ship so well can be set aside to feed a family for months (or maybe hungry visitors who jump for joy at the delicious-ness of such fresh seafood).
Wedgeport felt like home, and its people made us feel like family.
There’s nothing like a place that picks you up and forces you to relax, learn something new, and accomplish something great…
It was tough to leave, but I know we’ll be back. It will be hard to stay away.