|There is always something interesting to see in Nova Scotia - Saturday, September 20 and Sunday September 21
We left Louisbourg late in the afternoon and drove another 80 miles south on Cape Breton Island. We were headed for a campground Madolyn had found that was near the causeway back to the mainland, but when we got there it was closed. The man at the motel next door directed us to Battery Provincial Park a mile down the road, but when we got there it too was closed.
The road to the campground was blocked off, but the road down to the waterfront was open, and when we got down there we found a nice little parking lot next to a historic channel and a lock. A pickup and camper was already set up there, and it looked like it might be a good place to stay for the night. It was certainly pretty enough, with a view of the locks, and of the channel leading out to the strait and the ocean.
Invoking our mantra that ‘it’s easier to get forgiveness than permission’ we settled in for the night and had a nice, peaceful uninterrupted sleep. The wind blew hard enough to shake the RV, but nothing fell on us and we didn’t blow away, and in the morning we were still there and all in one piece. We woke to a beautiful sunny morning. The fishermen were back, and soon several boats were going through the lock.
As I went out to photograph a sailboat going through upbound, the couple in the camper came out and we struck up a nice conversation. It turned out they are from Cheticamp and are recently retired and just getting into RVing. They were on their way home from a trip to Grand Manay and Campobello Islands in New Brunswick, and the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec. Before long Madolyn came out and we all talked and visited for nearly an hour.
There names are Art and Sharon Deveau, and before we left they had invited us to stay at their home if we come back to Nova Scotia, and we had invited them to do the same when they come to California - and I sincerely hope they do. Art is a retired lineman, and it was a pleasure to meet and talk to them. Newfoundlanders have a reputation as a friendly lot, but they have nothing on Nova Scotians!
We finally took to the road, and we were soon crossing the causeway back to the mainland. We turned right this time and took the scenic route that follows the shoreline of St. George’s Bay. It is beautiful country with great views of the water and Cape Breton Island on the other side. At Cape George you round a point and from there on the water is the Northumberland Strait, and if you see any land in the distance it is Prince Edward Island.
We finally came to an intersection with the road from the P.E.I. ferry, and the loop was complete. We passed this way nearly two months ago on our way to take Athena to the Halifax airport. We stopped at a visitor center nearby, which happens to be in a DQ/Tim Horton’s restaurant at an Irving gas station. Outside there were four RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) squad cars parked in the parking lot. Could this be a coincidence?
No - inside Tim Horton’s there were four Mounties doing what policemen everywhere do - enjoying a donut break. If you were a criminal it would be a really bad time to try and stick up the gas station, but the rest of the province should be wide open! My own donuts came to $4.18 and I handed the girl a five dollar bill. She rang it up and by that time I had found 18 cents change and I handed that to her as well. She stared blankly at the change for a moment and then at me. She blinked and looked back at the $0.82 on the register - then she said, “I’m not good with money!”
I told her she owed me a dollar and she thought about it for a while, then with an “I’ll trust you this time!” look she handed me a loony and the donuts. As we were leaving the Mounties came out and I tried to unobtrusively take their pictures. I didn’t want them following me down the highway intent on seizing my camera.
We stopped at an RV dealer a few miles away, but they were closed. We are looking for a map of Canada with the provinces on it - to go with our U.S. map with the states. We didn’t score a map, but we met six nice people and two lovely dogs in the parking lot and had another great conversation. From there we continued on to Pictou and found a nice campsite at the Harbour Light Campground. It has WiFi and good enough TV reception that we got to watch the Emmy Awards.
Like I said, there is always something interesting to see (and do) in Nova Scotia!