We started our trip in Newfoundland. Constrained by time, we stayed close to St. John's. Still, it was easy to find good sea air -
|Part of the East Coast Trail near Cabot tower required a chain-handle. Good views!|
|I was offically Screeched in! Kissed the cod and everything!|
|I'M THE MOST EAST OF ANYONE IN CANADA!|
On Tuesday, we flew to Nova Scotia, and rented a car so we could drive the length of the province (in the pouring rain) to Sydney where I have family. One of our primary destinations was to Fort Louisbourg which we visited under cover of fog. I'm told that like all things at the Fort, the weather on that day was extremely authentic. We visited just at the start of shoulder season so many of the buildings were closed, but there were still plenty of places to poke around in, and we indulged in a fresh baked loaf of hearty bread. nom. Fun fact #1: Despite almost all of the buildings being made of stone, there are only two masons employed there. Tough gig. Fun Fact #2: We learned that because the fort was well defended from the sea and the surrounding area was pretty well all bog, the French weren't suspecting to be attacked. Too bad the English thought it was a good idea to haul heavy artillery through a bog for 6 weeks. But seriously? How shitty would that job be, the guy stuck hauling cannons through a bog for weeks?
|foggy view of Fort Louisbourg|
|Giant Fiddle in Sydney!|
|For those of you who laugh when I tell you that my family (the Ball family) are from Ball's Creek, Nova Scotia!|
|After a goodly drive along the winding road of many elevations next to the ocean, we were happy to stop for a picnic lunch on the beach.We considered swimming, and then we realized that the water was SO FREEZING.|
|Discovered a giant roadside lobster trap!|
|I saw my very first live wild porcupine! ...sadly he did not see us.|
Speaking of Alexander Keith....
|His tombstone in Camp Hill cemetary|
|"As Queen Triton, I command you, great waters - RISE! bwahahahaAHAHA!"|