East Coast Vacation – Part 2

Our Halifax adventures continue…

Day 3

As the boys on the trip had a few golf games lined up for the mornings, a few ladies decided to do some hot yoga.  We headed to the nearby Bikram Yoga studio for everyone’s first-ever bikram yoga experience.  I’d never tried bikram before but knew what it was like – 105* heat, the same set of postures for each and every class, certain times you can drink water, etc.  It was what I expected, and although I’m glad I tried it once, I’ll be happy if I never have to do it again.  That was the group’s consensus afterwards.

Coffee and a smoothie from Steve-o-reno’s coffee shop afterwards hit the spot.  I was pretty much drenched so I was all about everything iced!

Once I was all cleaned up, I headed out shopping with a few of the “golf widows”.  We stumbled upon an awesome grocery store called Pete’s.  If I lived in Halifax, I’d be broke.

 We wandered around downtown for a few hours, but I didn’t make any purchases (in my usual fashion).  I swear, I open my wallet and moths fly out.
 When Dana got back from golf, we headed for lunch with Mom and Dad.  With sushi on the brain, we found a place many blocks away from the hotel and placed a huge order.  Dana is notorious for ordering about twice as much sushi as necessary.

    The four of us, stuffed full of white rice, headed down to the Pier 21 museum.  It was an extremely interesting experience for me, as my dad’s mom immigrated into Canada through that exact immigration spot in 1946.  My grandma Elsie was a war bride – she was from England, but married my grandpa who was a Canadian soldier.

war bride plaque

The museum has a special exhibit all about the war brides and their children, as many immigrated in the years following the second world war.  There is also a research center where all Canada’s old immigration records have been computerized/scanned so that you can look up immigrants.  This was the best part for me!  Clear as day, Grandma’s immigration records were in the system including when she sailed over, the ship she was on, and many other details.  It was really interesting for me to learn more about how she came to Canada!

The museum had lots of information to read and exhibits to view, but we were a bit squeezed for time so we zipped through to fit it all in.

I thought this dress was gorgeous!

I thought this dress was gorgeous!

A cartoon from an old British newspaper making fun of all the Canadian aspects of life that immigrants could anticipate.

A cartoon from an old British newspaper making fun of all the Canadian aspects of life that immigrants could anticipate.

Later in the evening, we went for supper with my parents and their friends Ron and Gloria to the Bicycle Thief.  If you go to Halifax, go to this restaurant.  It was fabulous!

Day 4

Since it was another golf morning for Dana, my friend Jenna and I ran the 2.5 km distance to CrossFit Ironstone for the 7:15 AM class.  With the humidity, we were already dripping sweat when we got there.

Gorgeous CrossFit Ironstone

With backsquats and Jackie programmed, I felt right at home.  We lucked out with a small class of three people.

I worked up to 135# for my back squat, which fit in with Sunalta’s programming for the day.

Jackie was pretty decent, although my arms were burnt afterwards.  10:50 on the nose.  The row took close to four minutes, and I loved that the thrusters were only 35#.  I could go all day!  I had to use the blue and green bands, combined, to finish it.

I was pumped to have a crossfit buddy for the trip!

We had a busy road trip today.  Everyone piled in to the rental vehicles to drive out to Lunenburg for lunch.  Lunenburg is a UNESCO world heritage site and is very charming.  We ate lunch and did a bit of shopping.

This dress shop had my name written ALL over it, but at about $200 per dress, I had to choose wisely.

Lamb Chop dolls – so random!


From there, we all headed on down to Mahone Bay, another charming little town with lots of little shops to check out.

A painting on the wall of the Haskap shop. Haskaps are extremely tasty little berries! We bought a few jars of jam and an ice cream to share. I could have eaten a tub of that ice cream!

After everyone had a look around and a snack, we continued on to Peggy’s Cove lighthouse.  Lots of tourists there!  We were there close to sundown, which was a nice time to explore.  
When we (finally) got back to Halifax, I was starving!  We headed back to the Bicycle Thief for another delicious dinner, and sat up at the bar.  They make a mean cocktail – I had the ginger fizz and it was so tasty.

To be continued!

East Coast Vacation – Part 1

We got back late Saturday night from our PEI/Halifax trip.  Rather than do an enormous blog post, I’ll do a few posts this week about everything we saw, ate, and explored.  We were out east for my cousin Dustin’s wedding, so the whole week was full of family, socializing, and activity.

Day 1

As our flight left Calgary late on the 20th, we expected to sleep a few hours on the plane (the flight is only about four hours to Halifax).  Unfortunately, I think I maybe got one hour of decent sleep so I was SUPER tired the first day.

We dropped our luggage off at the Cambridge Hotel and then Dana, Dad, and I wandered down to the pier to explore.  Of course I wore my ridiculous marine kitty t-shirt.

From there, we headed to the Maritime Museum.  I must be a cruel, cruel person to suggest a museum day when everyone is jetlagged and exhausted.  The museum is pretty great – lots of information on the Halifax explosion, WWII, and the Titanic.


We ate lunch at an Irish pub just a block away from the museum.  After a stroll down the wharf to the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, we walked back to the hotel and all had long, much-needed naps.

Dana and I went for dinner at a place called Edna and it was fabulous!  We had to wait about 45 minutes for a table, but we didn’t mind because that gave us time to explore the neighbourhood.

A little shop near Edna had lots of cute trinkets. I could have bought one of everything!

My handsome date!

A bouldering gym we walked by

We ended up meeting the rest of the family at another Irish pub after dinner called Durty Nellie’s.  It was very loud and busy in there, and after the tired first day of travel, we called it a night fairly early on.

Day 2

In typical Kaitlyn and Dana fashion, we headed off on a morning run first thing.  I love running in new places to explore!  We always see things we’d never see otherwise.

7.5 km run

7.5 km run

I’d highly recommend some version of this route, especially to the Point Pleasant Park.  It was absolutely gorgeous.  Dana’s favorite part was running through the dog park, but are we surprised by that?

We ended the run at the Pier 21 museum. We were both VERY sweaty as the humidity was extremely high!

Breakfast was had at the Seaport Farmers’ Market, then we walked back along the wharf.  After showering, we headed to lunch at  2 Doors Down which was definitely one of the best meals on our trip.  Dana had chowder and fish tacos, and I had a bun-less burger.  They have a separate fryer for gluten-free fries so that was a really awesome surprise!

We met the clan after lunch for the Alexander Keith’s brewery tour.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was fantastic!  Not much focus on the actual brewing of beer, but more emphasis on Alexander Keith and the history of the brewery.  It was very theatrical!  I highly recommend it!

Dinner was eaten at the Dartmouth location of the Wooden Monkey.   Everyone who flew out from Alberta for the wedding ferried across the harbour for Dailyn’s birthday dinner.  Our meals were very tasty!  The Wooden Monkey is incredibly accommodating about dietary restrictions and had many gluten-free, vegan, and other options on their menu.  I even had kombucha to drink!

Cousin Dailyn enjoys her birthday cake and everyone’s singing

After dinner, we all headed back to Halifax and ended the night at the Lower Deck pub.  It was a nice night to sit out on the patio and people watch.

To be continued!

Cold V-Ball Tuesday

Tuesdays are my most physically active day without a doubt.

Work has been busy this week as I attempt to get everything under control before leaving for vacation.  My coworkers/friends have been great about covering my deadline-related stuff while I’m gone, and hopefully nothing else blows up while I’m gone!

Anyways, Tuesday –

Yesterday, I debated heavily all afternoon about going to class.  Even as I was driving across town towards the gym, I was still flip-flopping about going.  Ridiculous!  It wasn’t even like I was too sore or tired to go.

I worked up to 75# for my strict press with my shoulders snap-crackle-poppin’.  I’m getting old.  Morgan and I shared a 24″ box to rest our feet on while we did our chest-to-ring rows.  Reminded me of 2110 Fitness and all the TRX ring rows Jonny had us do.

I got through three rounds of the metcon plus 15 reps into the fourth round.  Not a great score, but I was really moving slowly.  I don’t enjoy toes-to-bar (hanging leg raises at this point), and snatches (55#) make me grumpy, so needless to say I was not motivated to move quickly.  Plus my shoulders were so tired from the snatches that I had to use 45# for the overhead lunges, when normally I could do 65# no problem.  Yeesh, not my finest WOD.  At least I went!

As I was leaving the gym, Dana arrived on his bike.  That crazy guy biked to work from home in the morning, biked to the gym from work, then did crossfit at 5PM, then biked home after.  You can imagine that he was crazy hungry when he got home!

We ate dinner, rested a little bit, then headed to beach volleyball.  The sand was cold and wet from rain the night before, and it was not all that warm out anyways.  The mosquitos came out full force.  It was dark for our second game.  All in all, the 8:15 games are not my fave!  On the bright side, my serving is improving and most of them went over.  I even got four in a row!  I think we lost both games last night but I still had fun.  We have a great team!

Dana and I slept like the dead when we got home after.  I don’t think I moved until my alarm went off this morning!  Today my body feels tired and a bit sore, but that was to be expected.

The WOD today is a nice little mix of clean and jerks, burpees, and thrusters.  I enjoy all those things in moderation, so will likely go after work.

We also need to pack for our trip and do some laundry!  This trip has been on the horizon for months, but it always felt so far away.  It seems like just yesterday we were at the beginning of July, with a long glorious summer ahead of us.  I can’t believe how quickly time flies by.  Althought I suppose when one crams as much as they can in to two months, time is bound to evaporate.  We’ll be out on the East Coast for about ten days for my cousin Dustin’s wedding, and have lots of exploring to do since we’ve never been before.  I’m excited!

Any recommendations for Halifax and PEI?