valley girl

As much as I love Manitoba and sharing my prairie experiences with the world, sometimes you've just got to mix things up. When I am craving adventure elsewhere, my heart always turns to my first home, my valley, my roots.

I grew up nestled amongst the north and south mountains close to the Bay of Fundy, in a small community in the heart of the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. Fishermen, fruit and vegetable farmers, air force personnel and their families from 14 Wing Greenwood, and a variety of small towns filled with lovely longtime and devoted residents all intertwined to form the backbone that helped shape my childhood experiences. It is in the Annapolis Valley where I feel the most at peace, the most accepted in life, and it is where I return to my innocence.

John Mellencamp's song Small Town with the lyrics "No I cannot forget where it is that I come from, I cannot forget the people who love me. I can be myself here in this small town, and people let me be just want I want to be" always rings out in my head as I drive down Highway 101 and see those beautiful cliffs of Blomidon, which act as a sign from above that I can now relax, I have returned to my beloved valley, I am home.

The Annapolis Valley will always be my most treasured corner of the world. It is with this spirit and pride that I share with you a few photos from my recent trip to my valley, my special place, and my heart. You can take the girl out of the valley, but you can't take the valley out of the girl.

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The view from Delhaven Wharf, Nova Scotia

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Delhaven Wharf, Nova Scotia

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Blueberry shortcake at The Port Pub, Port Wiliams, Nova Scotia

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Snowbirds at Armed Forces Day at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia

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Let It Ride, Harbourville, Nova Scotia

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The Look-Off, Nova Scotia

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Grand Pre Historic Site, Grand Pre, Nova Scotia

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Evangeline, Grand Pre Historic Site, Grand Pre, Nova Scotia

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Hiking at Blomidon Provincial Park, Nova Scotia

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Caution! Sea Monsters Ahead! Black Rock, Nova Scotia

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Blomidon Estate Winery, Canning, Nova Scotia

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Blue Beach, near Hantsport, Nova Scotia

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Lobster traps, Halls Harbour, Nova Scotia

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Evangeline Beach, Grand Pre, Nova Scotia

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Skipping rocks on the edge of the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia

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Dyke view, Grand Pre Historic Site, Grand Pre, Nova Scotia

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Fish Cakes and Reisling, Domaine de Grand Pre, Grand Pre, Nova Scotia

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High Tide, Halls Harbour, Nova Scotia

The Annapolis Valley is a perfect destination for families, honeymooners, and anyone who wants to experience picturesque communities living harmoniously with the land. With an abundance of locally grown foods from a variety of farms, markets, wineries, and artisan vendors, it is the perfect choice for foodies. Combine that with quaint villages where you can experience the highest tides in the world, and small towns boasting history and oozing charm, it is a fantastic choice for relaxation, beauty, and reconnection. For more information on the Annapolis Valley, please visit http://www.valleytourism.ca/ and http://www.novascotia.com/.

Thanks to all my family and friends for helping to make my most recent Nova Scotia vacation so wonderful. I miss you all, and I miss Nova Scotia. You are always close to my heart.