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Published: August 7th 2013
6 August, 2013
Yesterday we left camp only about half an hour behind Gena and Bob. They were going to stop at the Cheese Man, then grocery shop in Truro and look for the rest of the tree carvings there in Truro before driving to Baddeck on Cape Breton Island. We were planning to go to Truro just for groceries and then to Baddeck. We saw them leaving a grocery store parking lot as we drove through the town, but didn’t see them again until we saw them pass the information center just across the Canso Causeway onto Cape Breton Island. By the way, on our way out of Truro, we stopped at McDonalds, where Kerry surprised me with a McLobster sandwich. It’s true, I have pictures.
Once at the campground, the afternoon was occupied with doing laundry and then supper. After supper was the joy of putting away all our now clean clothes and making the bed prior to getting into it.
This morning we left the campground around 9 to drive the beautiful Cabot Trail, a loop around about the top half of Cape Breton Island. We were told this is one of the most beautiful
Cape Breton Island
drives and it’s true. What wasn’t true was the weather forecast that promised 0% chance of rain and clear skies. It stayed cloudy most of the day and spit rain at us off and on. It was still a gorgeous drive of about 185 miles, with overlooks (they call them look offs) that showcased fabulous sea views, rugged coastlines, and forested mountains and river valleys.
We kept looking for wildlife and we were pleased to see an eagle as we left the campground. There were signs along the way cautioning about moose crossings, but nary a moose crossed our path. We finally did see a moose way up on a hillside across a river valley. You needed to binoculars to see it and even then we weren’t sure it was a moose until Bob took a zoomed photo and we could then see it was a cow moose. As for whales, we looked and looked and at one overlook saw way off in the distance the spray of water from whales blowing. I did see the back and fin of one whale through the binoculars, but that was as close as we got. But we still count this as
Cape Breton Island
a wildlife viewing day.
We stopped for lunch in Neil’s Harbor at the Chowder House for lunch. We all ate seafood in some form or another. Gena and Bob eating lobster wraps, Kerry ate a snow crab club sandwich, while I had snow crab & corn chowder, as did Gena, and Bob had seafood chowder. It was all good and rejuvenated us for the rest of our drive.
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