Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mini Vacation - Day 3

Day 3 of our trip (July 13) had us spending time on the Northern side of Nova Scotia. We started from just outside of Antigonish, and had breakfast at the Dragonfly Cafe. It was early in the morning, and we weren't long. We did leave the windows down for the girls (our 2 dogs), but it was awfully hot. So, for the rest of the day, we didn't stop unless the dogs came out of the car with us. This meant a lot of driving and looking at scenery, which is what we like to do best.

Antigonish is a lovely "university town". I would have liked to explore it a little more (and look at some real estate posters!) but John wisely kept me away from that.From Antigonish we took Route 337, around St. Georges Bay up to Cape George. Our first stop was Mahoney Beach, for a morning swim. Not for us, but Cassie loves the water!
We made a quick stop at the North Bay Fisherman's Coop...working wharves are always a good photo op. It was too early for the fish and chips canteen (probably not to early for us to eat fish and chips, but the canteen wasn't yet open!) The landscape reminded me of the Cape Breton Highlands, although my photo doesn't show it very well. We rounded the point and switched to Route 245. We stopped in Arisaig and took in the view from the lighthouse. The original lighthouse was built in 1898 but burned down in the mid 1930s. The community rebuilt a replica in 2007. In the distance (upper right corner) of this photo, you can see a large rock. This is called Frenchman's Barn and local legend has it that in the 17th century the crew of a French sailing ship mistook the rock for a building in the fog. The vessel ran aground nearby, unfortunately a common occurrance back then.

After our coastal tour, it was time to head back home...a quick jump on the highway and we travelled from New Glasgow to Truro. Once through Truro, we went back to the backroads and toured around Cobequid Bay and the Fundy Shore. This is a familiar route for us, so there was no more photo taking...time to get back home!

It was a lovely breakaway.Already planning our next one...

1 comment:

Mickey (Michel) Johnson said...

...breathtakingly beautiful! love that you are sharing your trip with us through photos...makes me wish i was there sitting in one of those chairs!