18 December 2009

18 October 2009

October 2009

1. Interior (1/2)
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2. Interior (2/2)
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3. Exterior
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12 October 2009

Thanksgiving on the South Shore

1. Demolition of the old South Shore Mall nears completion.
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2. Oar mill in Crousetown.
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3. The back of the mill.
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4. The front of the mill.
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12 August 2009

Parked Downtown...

Parked on Queen Street.

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02 August 2009

McNabs Island - Natal Day 2009

Jacob, Chris and I arrived on the island at 11:30am on August 1 and walked from Back Cove to Fort McNab, via Garrison Rd, and then to Strawberry Battery, via McNabs Pond Trail for the night. Most of the McNabs Pond Trail is overgrown. We were told DNR is allowing the overgrowth to happen to deter travel to Strawberry Battery. We cleaned up a big piece of the former battery and set up camp on the concrete. The following morning, made the return trip to Back Cove, this time via the Wambolt Trail, to wait for Red Beard to take us back to the mainland.


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Brought a camera...

1. Looking northwest from Fort McNab, August 1, 2009.
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2. Doors leading underground at Fort McNab.
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3. Break #2 on top of a concrete gun mount.
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4. Leaving Fort McNab.
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5. McNabs Pond near Garrison Road.
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6. Shipwreck in McNabs Pond at the shore of the island.
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7. Cleaning up at Strawberry Battery.
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8. Clean-up results.
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9. From the wall of Strawberry Battery.
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10. Facing the mouth of the harbour at night. (Strawberry Battery)
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11. The beach at Back Cove the next morning, August 2, 2009.
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29 July 2009

(Hardly) Working...

My work brought me to Kingsburg on the South Shore. Kate tagged along. While we waited to meet my contact at the general store in Rose Bay we bought sunscreen. From there we stopped quickly at the summer home of the contact's client then took the drove to and boarded the Lahave Ferry from East Lahave to Lahave. We spent the afternoon in Green Bay beyond the Stage Ponds.


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1. Looking over the pond toward Crescent and Risser's Beach.
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2. A sandy spot in the marsh.
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3. The beach.
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4. A toad we encountered on the old road.
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15 June 2009

Road Ready

First weekend on the road. June 14 at Green Bay, Nova Scotia.

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20 April 2009

York Shore Battery - April 2009

A few of us walked down to York Shore Battery, below York Redoubt.


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Brought a camera...

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23 February 2009

20 January 2009

Satellite Earth Station at -20°C

Chris, Jacob and myself left Halifax on Saturday evening around 6pm headed for the South Shore and the satellite earth station about 1.5 hours southwest by car. The temperature was a breath-freezing, skin-numbing -20°C.

We parked at the gate, immediately noticing the road beyond it had not been plowed since the last snowfall. We all bundled up for the 1km hike to the facility through the snow. Fortunately, the sustained -20°C for several days prior to our visit had made the snow ideal for walking on top of it. We observed both human and animal tracks in the snow. The human tracks trailed in and out of the brush before circling back to the gate. Animal tracks carried on throughout the walk. Some tracks observed were quite large.

We toured the facilities, skipping the underground tunnel, following the long hallway from the first building to the second, where the collapsed remains of one of the dishes still rests. Snow has drifted into the buildings in many spots through not only open doorways and broken windows but holes through walls and roofs as well.

Once we reached the rear of the second building exited through the back doors and made our way to the top of the snow-covered mound to our immediate right. Atop this small hill is an open concrete well. It isn't all that deep, but is about 1/3 full of frigid cold, but NOT FROZEN water. There was only about 1cm of ice above 2m of water after about 96 hours at temperatures well below the freezing mark.

For the most part the facilities remain unchanged from my last visit in the Fall of 2008.

Since we arrived, toured and left under cover of darkness, there wasn't much for photo opportunities.

1. Obligatory smashed toilet photo.
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2. Three tubes descending underground through concrete. Quite deep.
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3. Glove found on the floor. Large hole through the back of the hand, small hold through the palm. Looks like a combo of piercing, fire and harsh chemicals.
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4. Computer cabinet illuminated by several flashlights.
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