|A final drive along Nova Scotia’s north shore before leaving - Tuesday, September 30
We woke to an overcast morning - perfect for a walk in the woods. So we took a walk into the provincial park before leaving it. We are near the point where Sunday’s storm made landfall and yesterday we saw one building collapsed. Here there is more foliage on the ground and a few trees toppled. The park sits on a peninsula that juts out into the harbor, and at the end of it there was considerable debris piled up in the picnic grounds from the storm surge. It is strange to find seaweed in the grass a hundred yards from the water.
Our drive today took us out to the end of Nova Scotia’s western peninsula, to Cape Sable and Cape Sable Island. It is fishing country and there are boats and stockpiles of lobster and crab traps everywhere. We drove the loop around the island, and then continued on to the large town of Yarmouth which is situated at the mouth to the Bay of Fundy. Tides here are not unusual as they are farther up where the Bay narrows.
We had some shopping to do, and we found a Staples and next to it a Boston Pizza restaurant. We have not had a single pizza in six months on the road, so we headed for Boston Pizza and had a good one. The waitress said the chain was started by a Greek fisherman who came to Canada and ended up in Manitoba. (He apparently wanted to get as far from the sea as it is possible to get.) He opened an Italian restaurant and named it after a city in the United States. Whether this is true or not, the pizza was good.
At 4:00 PM we had an appointment to call the Smith-Barney broker in San Francisco who handles our retirement account. We had a good cell signal in the Staples parking lot so we decided to just hang out for half an hour and wait for the call. It was really good to talk to Keith. He is a student of financial history, not just in this country but world wide, and he is the most knowledgeable and astute broker I have ever met. He has predicted this meltdown for several years now, and his every prediction has come true. I asked him if he’s been busy and he said, “Not particularly.” His clients are already positioned for this so there is nothing to do but wait for it to run it’s course.
I asked him what he thinks of the 700 billion dollar bailout. He said he’s studied the history of bailouts going all the way back to the 13th century and they have never worked. He does not believe this one will work either.
By the time we hung up we still had an hour of daylight, so we decided to push on and drive to Digby where the ferry terminal is located. We are taking the ferry to New Brunswick tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 PM, and we might as well get up there and be close. There is also a tidal generating plant just east of Digby and we hope to see that before we sail. We found a campground in Annapolis Royal that advertised WiFi, but we got there after the office closed and their system was down. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.