Doing the Maritimes: A Month of Firsts

I just got back from a whirlwind three-day roadtrip with Ms. Cailin O’Neil. She’s been carting my unexercised ass all over the place, putting up with my overdramatic screams on the Confederation Bridge and my insane laughter when finding roadside oddities, like giant blueberry monuments and a museum entirely dedicated to Anne Murray. So tonight after dropping me off at Jo’s, I sat on the couch kinda lost for a few minutes with a laptop opened in front of me.

Then I texted her, “I misses you.”

She replied, “You left your sneakers in my car.”

Anyway, we went to Guysborough to be guests of Doug at the Des Barres Manor Inn on the Authentic Sea Coast, and then decided to jaunt over to Prince Edward Island. More detailed posts about those later, the whole thing was spontaneous and wonderful.

It’s been a month of firsts, my friends. Big firsts and little firsts. Or are all firsts big firsts? I’m not sure, it’s the first time I’ve questioned it.



Here’s to giving the world a giant middle finger and living for once.

1. First ever roadtrip.
2. First time tidal bore rafting trip.
3. First time riding a roller coaster (yes, it was wooden, and lasted for 30 seconds, but it’s a start).
4. First time ever enjoying myself at a theme park.
5. First time visiting New Brunswick.
6. First time visiting Prince Edward Island.
7. First time visiting Cape Breton Island.
8. First time plotting a real business and hatching plans (shhh).
9. First time driving a golf cart.
10. First time driving across the monstrosity of an architectural feat known as the Confederation Bridge.
11. First time eating clam strips. I asked the waitress, “What are clam strips?” She stared at me and said, “Strips of clam.”
12. First time in Peggy’s Cove and Lunenburg.

Oh yes, I’m conquering my fears, no matter how trivial. Except for the spider thing, that can wait.

Got this bad boy after riding the coaster. Too bad its fake.

Got this bad boy after riding the 'coaster. Too bad it's fake.

How ready am I to be my own boss and work location independently? So ready, oh yes.

Don’t forget to vote for me in the Get Rid of Me contest of a lifetime! You can vote more than once per day. Good karma!

  • maggie

    and to think, before you left you where whining that you didn’t want to leave St John’s and you weren’t ready to go… ;D

    So glad you’re having all these adventures! Got a few things on that list I haven’t done yet… and considering how work has been lately, kind of wishing I’d just up and quit and joined you 😉 And I love that you included crossing the link in your list! it is a pretty big deal of a bridge I guess ;D

  • cailin

    hahaha thats not what I said! I said “I got yer books & yer sneaks”!! hahaha I misses you to though :)
    I like that I got to be a part of a lot of your firsts! Don’t forget your first ever 3 course wine pairing dinner.Your first ever 3D concert! first ever visit to green gables (ginger pride!!) First ever visit to the Velvet Underground! haha I could continue :)

  • Alouise

    Sounds like you’ve been having an awesome time… road trips are always so much fun. Life is about celebrating, so big firsts or little I don’t think that distinction matters too much.

  • Authentic Seacoast Resorts

    We’re honoured to be on your list of “firsts”! Thank you again for visiting us on Nova Scotia’s Authentic Seacoast.

  • Sabina

    Good for you for getting so many firsts under your belt in such a short time! Travel is the way to do it. And Candice, that golf cart photo is just too cool.

  • PorkStar

    -Nice cherry popping list of thnigs

    -You are a mess (hot)

    -I see your freckles on your elbow. Sexy.

    -Nice post

  • Joel

    First time on a roller coaster? First time enjoying a theme park?? You sure make it tough for us theme park marketing folks. 😛

    Well, to be fair, I never read any underwater equipment technical manuals, so I guess we’re even.

  • Corbin

    Go Candice! Glad to see you’re livin’ it up! Look me up if you’re ever back in Halifax!

  • Carlo Alcos

    Hm. You tried leaving your sweater and a book in the rental car when I dropped you off too. Is this your way of making sure you see people again?

    Just kidding! Great to see the excitement.

  • linlah

    Eeveryday should have a first in it.

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  • adam

    candice! i think you’re winning in the candice vs the world competition. there’s no time for fear!

  • ayngelina

    So glad you’re having such a good time after all the stuff you’ve been through. There’s so much more to see in NS you must stay!

  • Emily

    Haha, it sounds like you guys had a good time and knocked out a whole lot of firsts! So funny about roller coasters–the city I grew up in had a massive theme park that I sometimes went to, and LOVED roller coasters. The crazier and scarier the better. Now that I’m an adult, the thought of riding those same rides makes me nauseous. Funny how that works :) So glad you had a blast! BTW, I’m dying to get my butt up to Nova Scotia. Never been!

  • Kelly

    Wooden rollercoasters are the scariest! I have to seriously have a pep talk with myself before I go on one.. and I love them!

    Good for you lady!

  • Candice

    HUUUGE deal! And terrifying! Holy crap.

  • Candice

    AHHH, so true! So many firsts! My god.

  • Candice

    Agreed, 100%!

  • Candice

    Thanks for having me! I`ll be doing a post about my stay there soon. :)

  • Candice

    Hahahaha, thanks! I think I look pretty rad myself.

  • Candice

    Hahahahaha, I am a hot mess. Glad you enjoy the freckles, I like to think of them as beauty marks.

  • Candice

    Oh dude, no theme parks in this neighborhood could compare to the ones you`ve worked for, hahaha. Send me somewhere swanky!

  • Candice

    Yissss! Rockstars.

  • Candice

    Hahahaha, wow, it does seem to be a running theme with me, doesn`t it.

  • Candice

    I`ll second that!

  • Candice

    Hahaha, thanks Adam! Still got a long ways to go.

  • Candice

    I think I just might have to stay a little longer. 😉

  • Candice

    Oh dude, I am SO not a theme park person. Hahahaha, I was rather impressed with myself. Come visit!

  • Candice

    Hahaha, trust me, that`ll probably be my last ride!

  • Trisha Miller

    Guysborough? There’s really a place named Guysborough? I think I want to live there just for the name, but it would be cool, of course, if it was really full of (hopefully totally hot) guys!

    Congratulations on so many firsts! And for the record I think you should make that tattoo permanent. I love it!

  • Candice

    Alas, not filled with hot guys! How sad. I like the tattoo as well, even if the sword is crooked. But that’s what she said.

  • Anne

    Love the list of firsts, Candice! It sounds like you’re having an awesome spell of travel.

  • Ashlea

    How did you enjoy New Brunswick? I think my home province is often overlooked. But that’s clearly a biased opinion = )

  • Candice

    Thanks, Anne! I am indeed.

  • Candice

    I only drove through it to get to the bridge, unfortunately. :( But I definitely need a trip there, especially Moncton!

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