Published: March 15th 2010August 23rd 2009
It feels as though it was a year ago that I was in Nova Scotia, yet not even 3 months have passed. With my summer schedule, I found it difficult to find time on the internet, yet alone time to write journal entries and upload photos! I will attempt to write about the next part of my Nova Scotia Adventures. Hopefully my photos will jog my memory a little!
On my 3rd day of the Salty Bear Adventure I woke early to catch a glimpse of the sun rise at Ingonish. Whilst I was a little late for the sun rising above the horizon, I did catch a glimpse of the morning sun, which made for a beautiful view. Morning’s breakfast of another serve of pancakes were a great way to start the day. Today’s adventure involved more driving along the scenic Cabot trail, a hike at Highlands National Park, and an afternoon in Baddeck, before returning to Bear on the Lake Guesthouse, where we’d spent our first night.
The morning’s hike was scenic, yet again as we got some great coastal views from the park. We stopped for a group photo, and it’s not hard to find the
odd one out on our tour, which is included in the photos with this entry. Our ‘odd one out’ didn’t disappoint today, and managed to cause quite a stir as she failed to show up at the van at the end of the hike. After waiting and waiting, we’d wondered what may have happened. The trail was well marked, and was a loop circuit, so it was difficult to get yourself lost. Our guide decided he’d go run the trail in an effort to find her. When he was out running, Matel showed up, looking very distressed. About half-way back on the trail we had a choice to go one of 2 ways, the short way, which we’d hiked to start with, or a slightly longer way. As the group branched in one of 2 directions, Matel was lagging behind me and a few other girls who’d decided to hike the longer way back. Every so often we’d pause and wait to catch sight of Matel who was really lagging behind. After a while we’d picked up the pace, in effort to not hold up the rest of the group. Matel eventually lost track of what direction she was walking
in a felt she’d become ‘lost ’ and decided not to pay attention to the signage. She was not a happy girl once in the van, blaming our guide for not keeping her safe. Last I knew he was a ‘guide’ not a ‘child minder’!!! Needless to say we were pretty annoyed at her too, as she’d delayed our departure to Baddeck by a fair while!
Once in Baddeck we had a chance to quickly grab something to eat before getting on the yacht for a trip around the islands and Alexander Graham Bell’s house. The yacht ride was lots of fun, and when changing directions we all got a huge shock at how much the yacht will tilt to one side!!! We got to see some Bald Eagles too, who came down for a feed!
Once back at Bear on the Lake we had had an amazing fresh lobster dinner, with everyone and the bugs too! Whilst I enjoyed eating lobster, I am not quite sure if it’s worth all the hard work, getting the lobster meat out of the shell!!! They are some tough shells! Afterwards, we enjoyed another evening around the fire, with some s’mores,
free of Matel, who’d left the trip so she could carry on with her own travels.
Day 4 got off to another morning of driving, this time out to the ferry which would take us over to Prince Edward Island. The ferry ride was pretty, and there were some great views of the red sandy coastline of PEI. Once on PEI we hit the beach, and had a relaxing afternoon on the beach. For some, this involved a swim in the cool Atlantic waters…..which were too cool for me. The pain my feet were in when I attempted to walk in was too much! Instead, I went for a jog along the beach and came close to a group of seals lazing about on some rocks close to shore. I attempted to play freizbie at the beach too, but proved rather bad at it!!! Once into the afternoon we made it to our destination for the evening, Charlottetown, a rather quaint, picturesque city. We had yet another chance for ice-cream - this time at the Canadian chain, COWS! Yum! For the evening we went out for dinner in town and had a quiet night back at the hostel.
Highlands National Park
Notice the odd one out?
our last day, Friday was still action packed, and had a few surprises thrown in. The morning started with a mountain bike ride through PEI National Park, which passed by its red coast line, lakes and fields. Kieryn and Fiona and I decided to go further than the rest of the group, and ended up having an awesome ride together. This did involve leading the rest of the group in totally the wrong direction to start with - mostly my fault! Once back at the gas station where we hired our bikes, we noticed a TV news film crew approaching us. A few of us were interviewed by the reporter, and questioned as to how we felt about being tourists here in the early summer season. Whilst not a huge factor in our tour so far, it had been noticeable, in that lots of tourist facilities were shut, and not planning to open for a few more weeks. Once back in Nova Scotia in the evening I got a huge surprise to find myself on the PEI news…which I watched via the internet! Always nice to know these tourist destinations can spend over 2mins on a news story regarding a
late start to the tourist season! To finish off our tour we visited the Anne of Green Gables house, and travelled on the Confederation Bridge. The bridge is 13km long, the longest in Canada, and comes at a cost to travel on it - I think it was something like $40CAD per car to travel the 13kms. Back in Nova Scotia and feeling sad that our tour was coming to an end, we had a final stop for ice-cream at a fresh food supermarket. Once back in Halifax, I spent a quiet night at the hostel with a few of the girls from the tour. We also got a huge shock to find Matel also staying in our room. It appeared she was still on the lookout for a husband and still wearing that suit!
Saturday was the day I would say goodbye to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the friends I’d made on the tour. Some of the girls were continuing their Salty Bear Adventure with a day trip out to a pretty area called Peggy’s Cove. I flew to Boston via NYC….(it was cheaper to go to NYC, then Boston, rather than go Boston direct!), and Martine finally
found me at the airport, after I’d given her the wrong details!
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