Friday, 23 September 2011

Sept 13th - 16th Back through the Maritimes

Bras d'Or

On to our next adventure - The Cabot Trail. More spectacular scenery, winding roads, forests, ocean bays, fishing villages etc. The Trail runs North along the East coast and up through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Though we have seen so many beautiful scenes we never tire of it. And the winding roads are what Driving the Dream is all about. 
Bras d'Or Channel

The area seems to be very Scottish, as indicated by the names of everything. Also there are a lot of little craft shops and such. We bought a lighthouse in one of them for our pond and I kept it under my legs for the next few days till we could mail it home.

Pleasant Bay on West Coast

We met this group at one of the lookouts; they were about 15 members from an Ontario car club who were dong a tour of the Maritimes.

The day ended up with a stop near Cheticamp, where a man had spent many years building scarecrows near his roadside diner. He used to hold great parties there, apparently. 

Our goal for the night was Baddeck, where we were told they had the best lobster dinner, and it was. The next morning we went to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. I came out of there quite amazed at this man's genius, and that he was involved in much more than the telephone. He also devised a mechanical 'language' to teach to deaf to speak, as well as some airplanes and a hydrofoil to name a few.   

Just another beautiful lighthouse

 Then on to PEI, where we found a great little motel and decided to stay two days for a well needed rest. Richard and Linde went to see Ann of Green Gables cottage. The owner of the motel had a baby racoon that he had rescued and was interviewed by a local TV station. We were able to watch the news clip that night which was interesting as we had met the racoon that day. On Friday we left to drive over Confederation Bridge back to New Brunswick.The Confederation Bridge is one of the world's feats of construction because it has to be resistant to ice bergs. Because of the high winds in the area, the sides are very high so you can't see any view from the bridge. The sides deflect the wind upward, but even so, in high winds trucks and tall motor homes are restricted. This was the case today, so we could see them lined up everywhere on both ends, waiting for the wind to die down.                                       On the New Brunswick side of the bridge we hit 13000 miles, since we left home.   We stayed in Fredericton for the night and had dinner with Phil and Pam Ossinger(MG people) Next morning we went to Hartland, New Brunswick, to see the longest covered bridge in the world - 1282 feet.   We crossed the border into Maine near Houlton on the Sat. the 17th.