We took a backroad tour today, with not much in mind than maybe the pumpkin cream cheese muffins from the Guysborough bakery.

First we started on the backroads behind our house.

This is where the road ended for us. The culvert was blown out.  This is directly behind our house, up on top of the hill.

Thanksgiving backroad tour

Thanksgiving backroad tour

Thanksgiving backroad tour

Fall colours here are not brilliant like in Ontario. We don’t have the bright reds and oranges and yellows. It is more rustic looking. Still pretty, just different.

Thanksgiving backroad tour

Thanksgiving backroad tour

It isn’t every day we see a LIVE porcupine. The highway we live on always has scattered porcupine road killed carcasses. We stopped and let this guy wander across.  Monty was in the back seat and he really wanted to play, but I didn’t think that would be a great idea.

Thanksgiving backroad tour

If you have never seen a porcupine, they move soooooo slowly.

This is the decrepid old corner store in Goshen.  The store closed a year or so ago.  Now it seems the transportation department is using it as a gravel and sand depot.

Thanksgiving backroad tour

Many of the windows are knocked out of the old building. I’m sure it doesn’t have much structural life left.

I was surprised to see this sign! This corner is past Goshen, and the sideroad is called Cheese Factory road.  We could never find the cheese factory, so when we spotted this sign, I asked Jeff to turn around so I could read it.

Thanksgiving backroad tour

Thanksgiving backroad tour

Thanksgiving backroad tour

I’m equally interested in old school houses, so I decided to go check it out.

I’m usually too chicken to check old buildings out, but today I was brave.

Thanksgiving backroad tour

I even peaked in the window! There was an old kitchen inside the window, and I could see past it. The rest of the building had one big room with a wood floor. I could see a newer electric baseboard on the far wall. I held the camera against the window to see if it would take a photo inside, and it did!

Thanksgiving backroad tour

Thanksgiving backroad tour

I’m sure it won’t be long until this is just another one of the thousand old buildings around here that gets reabsorbed by the scrubby forests of Nova Scotia.

It is sad to see all the historical buildings and fascinating old houses and farms just left behind as families moved on or died off.

Thanksgiving backroad tour

Think this was the school yard tree?  It is a big old pine.

Thanksgiving backroad tour

We carried on and went to Guysborough and to the bakery. The much longed for pumpkin cream cheese muffins were in the oven and needed another 10 minutes, so we settled for a few other baked treats.

Past Guysborough and Boylston, we stopped at the Port Shoreham Beach picnic park. It has a nice beach, with cobbled stones, but the water’s edge looked sandy.

Thanksgiving backroad tour

Thanksgiving backroad tour

Thanksgiving backroad tour

No one else was here today, no swimmers, no picnic’ers, just us.

Thanksgiving backroad tour

Thanksgiving backroad tour

Thanksgiving backroad tour

Thanksgiving backroad tour

Thanksgiving backroad tour

I took this one for Instagram:

Thanksgiving backroad tour

Then we headed to Port Hawkesbury and tried a Chinese buffet for lunch that Jeff had someone recently recommend to him.  It was good!

Thanksgiving backroad tour

Before we got home, we let Monty go for a run and a few fetches down the road at the ball diamond.

Thanksgiving backroad tour

Turkey day is tomorrow!! Jeff has a big one thawing in the fridge.

Happy Thanksgiving!