Even though this is not the end of July this will be my last post for July, the month that DD has proclaimed to be the “all about me month”. And as much as this will be a considerable relief to those of us who have had to listen to this repetitious narcissistic nagging for the past 29 days it seems like the agony is not over as the torch has apparently been passed to BBB’s hands as she has put us on notice that August is the “all about her month” in celebration of her August 21st birthday. Seems like delusions of grandeur are contagious and can be transmitted by word of mouth.
Regardless the 2 Captains have remained calm while sailing through these troubled waters and the MMM goes on and on and on. Now back to business!
We returned to the Arm of Gold RV Park in Sydney on July 21, 2016 to collect the Phantom Phaeton and catch up on the laundry and other domestic chores.
Before continuing on I should point out that if you are hoping to find pictures or musings of such notable Nova Scotia tourist attraction as the Bluenose 11 or Peggy’s Cove you’ll have to click on the links as we just didn’t get to them. Sorry folks.
The Cabot Trail
We spent a full day on July 22, 2016 driving the famous Cabot Trail which was a 350 km plus drive from our location in North Sydney. The circle route drive we took while being quite spectacular in some places was more benign than expected for the most part. A 15 km stretch just north of Margaree Harbour to Cheticamp was the most impressive section while on the remainder the views were unceremoniously screened by a plethora of assorted fauna. Despite several stops at overlooks to watch for whales we were once again thwarted in this regard.
Please Answer the Phone Mr. Bell
On our way to Antigonish on July 23, 2016 we made a pit stop at the Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site in Baddeck. As some of those folks who had only heard about Mr. Bell in connection with the telephone, we were all in for a pleasant surprise to learn of his inventions and involvement in flight (powered and unpowered) and hydrofoils. This was a really interesting place to spend a couple of hours visiting.
We spent 3 days in the Halifax/Dartmouth area arriving on July 24, 2016. On July 25, 2016 (gee I wonder whose BIG DAY this was??) we took the ferry to Halifax from Dartmouth and wandered along the boardwalk enjoying the “buskers”, ships, museums and historic sites. We toured Pier 21 and the Canadian Immigration Museum, which had the Empress of Ireland Exhibit and despite the oppressive heat and humidity we climbed the hill to the Citadel. Kudos to the city and people of Halifax for the wonderful job of restoring the waterfront and making it a place well worth visiting.
As previously noted and how could one forget and not hear about it, today was DDs 64th Birthday. LL and BBB hung up the Balloons for her and as birthday gift she received from the Captain a brand spanking new Samsung Tablet to replace the antiquated one she has been complaining about for the past 2 years. DD also managed to score $35.00 at the Casino without spending a penny as she received this as a birthday gift from the casino for just showing up.
Tuesday July 26, 2016 was an off day because of the rain (very heavy at times) so we managed to get the old truck serviced and fix one of the trailer blinds that decided to fall apart. Going out for morning runs has been quite a mental challenge as donning a t-shirt already laden with moisture for a run in the fog isn’t the most appealing way to start a day, but at least it isn’t crowded out there.
Broad Cove and Beyond
Other than Walmart, free camping sites in Canada are few and far between but we were really fortunate to find a great spot between Halifax and Yarmouth thanks to Freecamping.net. On July 27, 2016 we followed the directions to a great little beach area in Broad Cove and enjoyed the peace and quiet of our ocean front sites. The several folks who stopped by to check on the outsiders were all very friendly. In particular we had a visit from 2 sisters (Mary and Elizabeth) and Elizabeth’s husband Clarke who hailed from nearby Shelburne. They went to great lengths to extol the virtues of their hometown as a must see on our way to Yarmouth and we decided we would.
We were also told by some of the locals that we might see some seals on the harbour rocks but in keeping with our luck in observing wildlife, any seals who may have been in the vicinity kept well out of our line of sight. Yes we are getting a complex.
Well we did make it to Shelburne on July 28, 2016 and as promised it was a historic old village with numerous old buildings circa 1870 to 1890 still standing and being used. The real surprise of the visit however was running into Mary (from the night before at Broad Cove) as we wandered through town. She was quite pleased that we had taken up their suggestion to visit.
We spent one night, July 28, 2016 in Yarmouth where we had a short visit with DD’s niece Stephanie and her husband Jeremy. We had hoped to stay another day to visit however they were heading out the next morning for the long weekend.
As this is a long weekend (Canada) July 29th 30th, 31st, and August 1st we intend to lie low for a few days and catch up on domestic chores and head back out on the road on the 2nd. LL and BBB will likely need the rest after celebrating their 43rd Anniversary on the 29th. Congratulations to the kids.