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Antigonish, NS - Whidden Park Campground - Site 72

Antigonish, NS - Whidden Park Campground - Site 72, another view

Downtown Antigonish

Some More Downtown Antigonish

Cape George 1 - it's raining but you can see a little...

Cape George 2 - fishing boats in the Ballantynes Cove marina

Cape George 3 - lobster traps besides the Bluefin Tuna Interpretive Center...

Cape George 4 - the Cape George Point Lighthouse - this is...

Our drive today was another wet one. The good Lord seems to know when we are traveling and wants to make sure Libby gets a mud bath as she trails behind. :) It was our longest drive in some time, 144 miles, but only took us three hours due to the excellent roads. We arrived a little after noon and were quickly set up. We have 30 amp full hookups but will only be using the electricity since we will be in another full hookup tomorrow. I got the satellite sighted in but we are starting to get too far North to get a good signal. We get ESPN and the normal networks OK but USA and TNT are not so good. It will only get worse until we get to PEI in September.

After setting up, we departed on a short 50 mile drive around Cape George. We stopped in Ballantynes Cove to see the marina and the Bluefin Tuna Interpretive Center. This area is where most of the Bluefins are caught and they are also the largest - some around 1,500 pounds! They don't get packed in your tuna cans (those are albacore tuna), but are used for sushi and can bring around $18 per pound when auctioned off.

Next we stopped at the Cape George Point Lighthouse. The original was built in 1861 and the current one was built in 1968. When they built this one, it was automated so that no keepers were necessary but in the prior 107 years in the two previous lighthouses only four keepers had been used. The lighthouse sits on a bluff 360 feet above sea level and if it hadn't been raining, I would have had some great scenery to show you but it was and I don't. :(

Tomorrow we head for Baddeck, NS which sits on the Cabot Trail where we plan to put about 400 miles on Libby in the next few days.

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