Before Halifax, we detoured to Truro to visit with Lyndsay, another high school friend
who is now studying education in Moncton.
Before announcing our arrival into Hali, we took care of some errands and then went immediately to
see our good friend Natalie at work. She was bored so we entertained her with stories of Kuujjuaq and our heroic battle with
the harsh Northern elements (mostly free drinks from Fred, poopey diapers and high food prices). After Nat closed up shop,
Sara and I tracked down Magen who was excellently prepared for our visit and in return enjoyed the thrill of cruising downtown
in The Beast! Later, Clare and Livvy (SMU alumni, past roomates and fellow Walmart celebrities) came upstairs to join
our "welcome fest".
We spent most of our visit in the Halifax Haze. We did however, manage a few key social activities.
We met up with Nat and her bf Josh for SUSHI!!! and for a piece of Le Cave's infamous cheesecake!
To celebrate Sainte Jean Baptiste we did laundry and we spent another day
dragging our heels. Sara did manage some frsh air with Magen as they drove to Dartmouth to pick up Mag's bf Nick. After showers,
we squuezed in a quick walk to Spring Garden before meeting friends at the Economy Shoe Shop for nachos and drinks (cheers
to Nat, Clare, Kyla, & Jenn!). Then it was off to Split Crow for the $1 beer happy hour and some great East Coast music.
Magen and Clayton showed up after work and after fighting the Keiths Draft nausea, we all wandered a little further to an
Irish pub called Poque Fido (spelling ??). We sat in a boat, stomped our feet and I offically called it a night! (Sara somehow
managed the Marquee, to check out the newest djs).
Leaving Halifax, we were off to tour the southern region of Nova Scotia. A very gusty
Peggy's Cove was our first stop, continuing into the quaint towns of Mahone Bay and Lunnenburg. Needing a bathroom break,
we wandered into an amzing little community known as Bridgetown-its narrow streets were lined with old Victorian houses,
the beautiful artitecture matched only by the stunning coastal landscape.
(By the way, is anyone from Milford? We both agree the name sounds familiar, we jut can't put a face to
We drove through the middle of the province, along bumpy, windy, 2nd-rate roads and eventually to Kejimikujik
National Park. It is beautifully surrounded by forests and lakes. It is so post-card peaceful that you have no choice
but to consciously acknowledge your debt to nature.
On Saturday we drove all the way to Cape Breton on 8 hours of curved road! We slept
at a campgrounds in Baddeck.
On June 27 we hit the Cabot Trail! Unfortuantely the first half of our drive was plagued with fog,
so we weren't able to see much more than the edge of the cliff we drove along. We did find a little side attraction to humor
us. Owners of a local canteen had put their creative imagination to work and filled a field with scarecrows of any description.
They wore masks, pie plates, name tags, old clothes, and were hilariously assembled in a giant cirle for maximum viewing
At the Cape Breton Highlands National Park we decided to pitch our tent on a jutting peice of cliff, over-loooking
the ocean. Although it was raining we were content and drove into town looking for supper. As fate had it, we stopped at an
information centre for maps and were told that it was Sunday, not Saturday and that our ferry for Newfoundland was leaving
tomorrow!! Blushing from stupidity, we rushed back to our ten, broke the disassembling record and pointed The beast uphill
to complete the Trail and that day's adventure.
As we approached the other half of the Trail, the fog lifted and we happily enjoyed some of the best scenery
I have ever had the opportunity to film! It was spectacular!
After a few more random pit-stops, we made it to Clayton's (a friend from SMU)parent's house in Little Bras
D'Or. We dried out our camping gear while Clayton's Dad fixed our washer fluid tank and his brother Steven downloaded our
digital pics onto cd. THANK-YOU FRASERS!! We also had a late-night visit with Jeff-awesome drum set buddy!!
Off to bed for a few hours of sleep beacuse tomorrow we headed for THE ROCK!