I had been really looking forward to visiting Cape Breton Island National Park and I wasn't disappointed. The ocean scenery was magnificent. The Park is pretty large so we camped for a couple of nights on both sides of the Park.
Before I go on about the Park, we did make another stop on our way – the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Did you know that he used the money he made on the telephone to fund all kinds of other research and experimentation, particularly around flight?
Most of the easily accesible part of Cape Breton Island National Park are on the coast, you can also enjoy a gurgling brook in the woods.
I don't drive often but I did this day and got a great Airsteam in the Rearview picture from the driver's side:
We were safely stopped at the time I took the picture!
Camping the second time in the Park was not without controversy. Apparently, not everyone finds our beautiful Airstream trailers to be worthy of an ocean-side campground (that is mostly filled with tents.)
We enjoyed some fabulous hiking and even spotted a moose in the woods.
Alan and I came back to this trail before pulling out on our last day to run and almost ran into a moose! She stopped and looked at us but darted into the woods before I could get my camera out to take a picture. That early morning was amazing!
We took a few days leaving Nova Scotia. First, we spent an hour or so enjoying the warm sun at the beach while Tucker romped around, then we learned how they make single malt whiskey (aka scotch). This stuff is too expensive to mix with anything and I didn't like it straight.)
We dealt with some chores and ate with the locals in town at Westville. We could see the Ferry cross to Prince Edward Island (but we took the Conferedation Bridge.) It isn't a very scenic bridge but it is long and they have an interesting Program at the Visitor Center showing how it was constructed.
This was our last stop in Nova Scotia – lunch on the beach!
The ferry ride back to Nova Scotia was very nice. We had terrific weather and this time we weren't on the “freight” run so there were a lot of people and the boat had open restaurants. We paid for assigned seating and got a great view for the whole trip in a quiet area.
Our first stop, after the WalMart (and my run past the local landfill) was the Fortress of Louisburg. It was originally built by the French and then rebuilt by Canada. When the coal mine closed, the government used this as a kind of jobs program and they reconstructed a large part of the town to how it would have looked around 1750. To get a sense of the scale of the Fortress, consider that it took us all day to walk around!
As was typical for the area and time period, the Fort passed into British hands twice and was finally abandoned.
This National Historic Site employs a lot of people in period garb and they do reenactments and demonstrations of typical activities.
The structures were all very impressive and they had excellent displays about the construction techniques. I took a lot of pictures so I'm going to wrap up this Post and save the rest of Cape Breton Island for my next.
We are back in the States now (and should have internet access most of the time) so hopefully I can get caught up and finish documenting our trip before we make it back home to Texas.
I keep saying that I'm going to wrap up my pictures from Newfoundland but then there are always more! Our last few days were a mixture of rain and beautiful skies. After Blow Me Down Provincial Park, we went to Cheeseman Provincial Park, near Port aux Basque where we would get the ferry back to Nova Scotia.
We started getting serious about running again here. We started our 18 week training plan to be ready for the Dallas Marathon in December. That means 5 days a week. Only one week in and I remembered how much I love having a “plan” to follow. No thinking about whether to run or how far – just follow the plan. Luckily, we had some beautiful (although with some puddle obstacles) places to run.
One day, when the sun was shining, we drove out to the Rose Blanch Lighthouse. At one point the all granite structure was mostly just a pile of rocks but it was lovingly restored by locals in the late 1990's.
Then, once again, we would board a ferry! This was a much nicer boat with services and nice seats – kind of like a small cruise ship. There were a lot of trucks that made the journey with us that day. It is the only way to get supplies to and from Newfoundland.
Next stop: Cape Breton Island
We are in New Brunswick now with only a few days before we split off from Brian and Will. (I still have a lot of photos to get posted, hopefully sooner rather than later.) We have found that many things are closing already so it seems right to start heading south.
These pictures are from Blow Me Down in Newfoundland. I really loved this Provincial Park and the views on our hike were fabulous. I will say that the hike to the Southhead Lighthouse was harder than I expected and the Lighthouse was gone but it was all worth it.
Not only did we hike at this Park but we also got up early to run before leaving. Alan and I went separate ways because I wanted to run up and down the Governor’s Stairs.
He was rewarded with a fox on the road and I was rewarded with amazing views.
We are at Kouchibouguac National Park in New Brunswick. There is some wifi in the area, so maybe I will get caught up. Next stop is Fredericton, NB. We may turn North for a few days after the guys leave or spend some time in Maine/NH/Vermont. We should be home by October 1st – just about 7 months after we left.