Tall Ships and Blue Rocks

Trip Start Aug 16, 2009
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Trip End Dec 25, 2009


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Sunday, October 4, 2009

October 5, 2009

Miracle of miracles we awoke to partly cloudy skies and very light showers, encouraged by the weather we walked into the old port town of Lunenburg through tree-lined streets of lovingly restored houses from the 1800's and perhaps earlier. It is easy to see why this is a favored tourist spot.  The waterfront is home to the Bluenose II, a replica of the fastest schooner in its day.  Two other tall ships are also harbored here.  This was and is a shipbuilding town with the emphasis today on smaller boats and of course the Bluenose II.  As we walked the sun broke through to present us with another beautiful day in a beautiful place.

The old cemetery at the North end of town reveals some of the town history with headstones dating to the early 1800’s and telling the tale of those lost at sea.  There is also a beautiful memorial on the waterfront to those who went to sea and never returned with the names of fisherman lost and the names of vessels lost.

On the main street we found a small café, The Salt Shaker Deli, advertising "a pint and a pound", one more meal of mussels before we leave the Maritimes.  We split the pound of mussels – delish – and at Lori’s suggestion ordered a lobster roll to split – also delish.  Thanks for the recommendation Lori!

In the afternoon we drove out of town a short distance to yet another small picturesque cove, Blue Rocks.  We walked along the shore where George talked to a local resident, out for his afternoon walk and asked about the name “blue rocks” as they looked quite black to us.  He said that from sea the rocks looked blue to sailors returning from the sea thus the name.

The warm afternoon sun was too good to resist so we decided that we really needed to return to Mahone Bay and check out all of the scarecrows that we saw on the day before. What a delight it was to walk around town smiling at and taking photographs of these “scary” forms hiding in trees, nailed to telephone poles and sitting on bridges.  We felt they deserved an entry of their own so we hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed taking them.  We couldn't’t help but smile and be amused with each new discovery.

October 6, 2009

With a reservation on the CAT ferry this afternoon to Bar Harbor in Maine we didn’t have much time for diversion today other than a lovely forest walk just outside the little town of Dayspring, NS. The peace park that occupies a peninsula in the LaHave River, a very tranquil walk through mixed hardwoods and a few evergreens.

The drive from Lunenburg to Yarmouth on highway 103 was absolutely spectacular!  Both sides of the road were lined with vibrant hues of red and yellow hardwoods competing for our attention; they must be very near peak color. WOW, WOW, WOW barely begins to describe it and I am sorry to say that photos do not do justice but trust me when I say that I have never seen color like that.  We are familiar with the yellows of fall but we had the entire range, yellow, orange, reds and the grasses and lower shrubs also glowed in the sunlight, golden colors to brilliant reds.  Oh my, probably two hours of continuous color!  Did I say, WOW, WOW, WOW?           
We arrived just in time to board the ferry so did not get to explore Yarmouth.  The CAT is a high-speed ferry that makes the crossing to Bar Harbor Maine twice a week this time of year.  It had been very windy all day and as soon as we left the protection of the harbor the ferry began to rock and roll, making it very tricky to walk around but we made the 3-hour crossing without incident, arriving in Bar Harbor just at sunset.  Back in the USA. 

Next adventure will be Acadia National Park.
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