Saturday, August 15, 2015

Saturday, August 15


Thank you, my friends, for being interested in my Great Adventure and for being patient when I could not post due to technology and connection issues.

I hope you enjoy my photos. I have taken thousands over the six weeks we were gone and hope those selected help you get a feeling for my daily amazement and appreciation for this very special place.

I have spent most of today working to finish my blog and listening to hours of Cape Breton fiddlers and pipers. It was great to revisit these places.

By the way, Kirby is a great companion. She adjusted to all situations, was curious to see what was out there when we stopped the camper, and was friendly to every stranger who wanted to pat her. We met a lot of nice people because of her - I'll never forget the first. A young man from New Zealand tenting next to us came over and exclaimed "I miss my cat!"

Sunday, August 9 - Tuesday, August 11

Arrived in Yarmouth on a rainy day. Purchased our tickets for the ferry to Portland. We tried to find a movie theater but show was on too late - had missed the afternoon show. We tried to find a bowling alley (was a joke throughout the trip), but it was closed on Sunday. We ended up visiting a fireman's museum.
 Bill's son said it looked like Santa on vacation. :-)

On Monday we explored Yarmouth. Nice town with lovely colors and architecture.

Our last night in Nova Scotia was special. We went exploring outside the town limits and found a lighthouse, west-facing for the sunset, and we met yet some more wonderful people. One group was tourists from Italy, another group were young men showing off their souped up cars. All friendly and welcoming. A woman who had been traveling alone in a camper since January stopped to say hi. We cooked dinner right there in the parking lot, then stepped out for some sunset shots.

Tuesday - on the ferry for Portland. Why did it go by so quickly? If you get a chance to get to Nova Scotia - go. It is an amazing, wonderful place with the most amazing and wonderful people.
Saturday, August 8

Woke to a beautiful sunny day. We slowly began to make our way down toward Yarmouth, where we would take the ferry to Portland, Maine.

We made many stops at historical churches, and even a water-driven sawmill museum along the way. One nice stop was at St. Mary's lighthouse.

Did you know that I love to photograph anything rusty and I have a liking for anchors!

That night we stayed at Lake Breeze Campground on Darlings Lake. The very nice manager supplied Bill with worms, a chair, and advice about catching very big bass. They weren't biting that night, but it was fun. Once again a great sunset night, this time over calm water for nice reflection photography.

Wednesday, August 5 - Friday, August 7

Fort Anne was built to protect the harbor of Annapolis Royal from the French in the 1700s. We visited the historic site and learned about the lives of the indigenous peoples, English, and French during that time.

We stayed in a Digby campground which bordered a walking path which was formerly a train track. We walked into town, visited the harbor and had the famous Digby scallops.

The next day we drove down the narrow Digby Neck which has the Bay of Fundy on One side and St. Mary's Bay on the other. The land narrows and ferries take you to adjacent small islands. We took the first ferry to Long Island. There we met Paul, a wonderful young man traveling on his motorcycle. We met on the path to the Standing Rock and we got a nice shot of him standing next to it!

After the return trip on the ferry we stayed overnight in Sandy Cove - we found a beautiful sandy beach with amazing views. Another sunset night.

The next day we drove back to Digby, exploring along the way.
Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4

As we made our way down the shore of the Bay of Fundy, we encountered many examples of harbors at low tide.

After exploring all day, we began to head for a campsite shown on our map in Port George. Turning that camper around is not always easy but we did it many times because we could not find the campground. Finally we spotted two campers parked overlooking the water. We stopped to ask the people near the road if they knew where it was. They said that it did not exist anymore, but would we like to join them in their spot. Can you imagine? We did and had a wonderful time sitting around Brian and Marg's campfire chatting. Did I tell you that Nova Scotia has the most wonderful people in the world?

When we left the next morning, they were gone - they lived about 30 minutes away - but they left a note thanking us and inviting us back anytime. Hope we can. During our campfire talks we heard about a tidal power generating plant in Fort Ann. We visited there and even got a tour down in the plant itself - hardhats and all. We stayed at a campsite near there.

Sunday, August 2

During our travels today we made two awesome discoveries.

First we visited Burncoat Lighthouse. The lighthouse was nice, but the sight of the red walls of the bay at low tide was otherworldly. The record tide there was 50 feet and because of the extra pull of the full moon in July, we viewed it at 49.6 feet.

Next we encountered the most amazing view into a beautiful farm valley with the Bay of Fundy nearby. Totally unexpected. There just happened to be a campground right across the road called "Overlook."  We shot some that afternoon and went back at night for moon-over-the-water fun.

Thursday, July 30

Today I learned the significance of the tides on the Bay of Fundy.  At high tide the ocean runs strongly into the rivers and harbors in this bay. At low tide they recede just as strongly. They have run up to a record of 50 feet! The Bay of Fundy starts out large and wide and as the tides run in, then the waters are compressed and forced up higher as the bay narrows. They come so quickly you must be careful not to be trapped in a compromising spot.

We went back to Advocate Harbor today at low tide. Incredible. All the boats were on the bottom of the empty harbor. They were strapped to the pier so they would not tip over. The tide was just starting to come in in this picture.

We stayed at a Spencer Island campground that night, which was right on the beach. At low tide we could walk way out, which we did. We sat around a big campfire and chatted with the friendly campers next to us - from Nova Scotia. Friendliest people in the world. Love them.