Monday was a glorious sunny day, and we decided to end our exploring drought...we headed south to Shelburne. Our plan was to stop in Shelburne for lunch, and then head back home along the coastal route....something we haven't done since September 2008. Here is a map of Nova Scotia...the red dot just north of Bridgewater is where we live. The red square on the lower left of the map is where we ended up exploring.We did stop in Shelburne, and had lunch at a Scotia Lunch...a rather soulless diner, but the food was great. We had some home made coconut cream pie to finish off the meal. John suggested we split a piece, much to his chagrin. He gallantly let me eat most of it! From here, our plans changed. John thought we should head further south-west, unchartered territory for us. Good thing he's persistant and puts up with a bit of my sulking about changing plans. (I am not a fly by the seat of my pants kind of gal...I like making plans and sticking to them!) If you click on the map below, I think you'll get a blown up version that you'll be able to see better.We headed down to Cape Sable Island (not to be confused with Sable Island, where the wild horses run) and drove all along the coast back towards Shelburne. A causeway was built in 1949 to Cape Sable Island. This is one of the first things you see after crossing the causeway:Salt marshes, quite lovely at this time of year with the golden colours. Of course, making a living by the ocean is a dangerous thing. There are memorials all along the coast to commemorate those lost at sea.This is a war memorial with a beautiful poem We drove out to the point and saw the Cape Sable lighthouse, as well as a radar station that looked quite out of place. There were no trees and the landscape reminded me of many parts of Newfoundland. Don't the houses look lonely?We stopped to let the dogs have a run. It doesn't matter how cold or windy it is, I love walking the beaches.We wound our way along the shore until dusk started to settle in. Just before dark we discovered yet another stunning beach.White sand as far as you could see in both directions at Roseway Beach. But it was getting dark, and we still had a 1 1/2 hour drive along the "big highway" to get home. We'll have to get back to Roseway Beach...I'm looking forward to walking the length of it!
Another fantastic day exploring Nova Scotia.