So, we packed some sammiches and headed off into the wild grey yonder. It's been very rainy here the past couple weeks, and today was no exception. But for a few blissful sun breaks, we spent the day tiptoeing through the raindrops.
As always, you can click on the photos for a larger version.
|We followed the yellow route.|
We started our journey on the 101, stopping at the Lequille Country Store for a few provisions - namely some Pop Shoppe (pineapple...mmmmm!) and dried meat (jerky and a piece of garlic sausage). We continued on 101 to Weymouth, our most southerly destination thus far, at which time we jumped onto scenic highway #1 and The Acadian Shores. We quickly came to the realization that the Catholic Church was very important to the Acadian settlers (duh!). And thus began The Holy Tour - 2013 edition!
|St. Bernard. Constructed 1910-1942.|
|Église Sacré-Coeur in Saulnierville. We did not go inside, but there are tons of amazing photos of the interior online. We'll get some of our own on our next trip down (not on a Sunday at 11am!).|
|Église St Alphonse in Bear Cove.|
|Our first lighthouse of the day!|
|Being somewhat famished from our hour's drive, we stopped for a crème glacée at Chez L'Ami in Church Point - all enjoyed a vanilla/chocolate twist dipped in chocolate.|
|Not far from the ice cream stand was this building. Looks like an old school. We've been bookmarking places to which we'd like to return, and this is one of them.|
|To take this photo, I crept through a barrier which explained that the trail was closed due to "active erosion". From the state of the roiling water, it's easy to see why! I plan to return one day soon, at low tide, to investigate the cave.|
|Cape Mary's light. |
"The ugliest lighthouse in Nova Scotia" - Laura
|On our way to Cape Forchu we passed Stanley's. After watching the lobster gently move the starfish out of its way in yesterday's video, I've been rethinking my lobster-eating habit. I think I'm turning into a lily-liver.|
|We passed several sandy public beaches on our way to Cape Forchu. This however, was not one of them! Nova Scotia is almost entirely hemmed by a barren-rock coast line. This was taken at Cape Forchu itself, with the lighthouse right behind me.|
|On our way up to the light, there were several old-style lobster traps set about for people to look at. A careful examination by The Boy did not yield any lobsters, however.|
|The light, light station house and residences at Cape Forchu.|
|The lightkeeper's (and lightkeeper's assistant) residence has been turned into a museum and tea shop. This plaque was in the museum and I took a photo for obvious reasons.|
In retrospect I should have offered him some money for the rope, and I should start carrying some cash on our adventures for that very reason. I've given it some thought - I'll make a prolong and give it to him next time we're down that way.
The second tasted happened when we stopped in at the tourist information building in Yarmouth. I've been looking for the 2006 Nova Scotia Atlas for some time now (2006 being the most recent) as it's a comprehensive road map for the province. It retails for $50 and I'd been having a hard time with the GeoNova website from which it can be ordered. The wonderful ladies at the info centre allowed me to use their computer to complete the transaction (using the GeoNova website is a whole other frustrating story), but in passing indicated that they had one atlas (1992) which was scheduled for replacement by the newer spiral bound 2006 version. Apologizing to me for it's age, and indicating it may no longer be accurate, they offered the older edition to me. I enquired as to it's cost and they told me that because of its age, it would likely be recycled and that I should just take it. Free. Gratis. No charge. Wow! We now have a really great road map for our Sunday Adventures! Thank you Nova Scotia Tourism!!
We spent but a brief hour in Yarmouth before a niggling doggy guilt turned our tires homeward. After a day of scouting future day-trips, both Boy and I were exhausted and fell asleep on the 1.5 hour drive home. Later in the evening, The Boy was adamant that Laur had also fallen asleep on the way home, but the pristine condition of both ourselves and Ingrid (the car) proved him otherwise!
With our list of PTRs (Places to Revisit) growing weekly, we'll continue Sunday Drivers with an new episode next week. Stay tuned!
Oh, and congratulations Mooseheads!!