It is hard to believe our two week trip with Garyn and Jessica aboard RV Trail Blaze R has come to an end. This morning, we reluctantly parted ways with the "kids" returning to Vermont, and with us heading to Quebec. It was fun to be together, and went by all too quickly.
Our trip up from Maine had only one small glitch...our driver side outside dual tire on the Blaze R blew out. We didn't even notice it. A kind samaritan flagged us down just before crossing the Canadian border.
|Russ and Kirk, the Good Samaritan|
He had been following us when the tire started to smoke then blew apart. Our side view mirrors do not adequately show our rear axel area. Thank goodness for the dual tires. The inside tire was able to support the weight, preventing damage to the rim of the blown tire
Fortunately, we were able to change the tire and buy 4 new ones just in case they were all about ready to go. Since the fifth wheel was too tall to fit in the tire mounting bays at Walmart, Garyn and Russ had to change the tires themselves...company policy. We were just happy to get the tires as we have already worn 6,000 miles of tread off of them.
We had a wonderful time exploring Nova Scotia, Halifax to Cape Breton. For the most part our weather in Nova Scotia was wonderful. We enjoyed the city of Halifax with its farmers' market,
boardwalk along the bay,
|Reflective Portrait of the Four of Us in Halifax|
Citadel on the Hill,
|U. S. Coast Guard Tall Ship Visits Halifax|
|Roof Top Garden|
and contrasting traditional and new architecture.
Our favorite place was outside of the city in a little fishing village with a quiet inlet for the fisherman, but wild and wet sea just beyond the granite headlands. Peggy's Cove and Lighthouse. The salt air, seagulls, crashing surf and mist, and the haunting sound of the bag pipes made for a special afternoon in the July sunshine.
|Calm harbor, rough seas|
|Bagpipes by the Sea - Memorable Moments|
Traveling north, we spent 3 nights in Cape Breton area, driving along the Cabot Trail, visiting the Gaelic College in Saint Annes and participating in traditional demonstrations, hiking the skye line trail, listening to highland music, participating in a Scottish square dancing, and visiting the Alexander Graham Bell Museum.
|The Whole 9 Yards of Plaid, pleated for wear|
|The man lays down and wraps the plaid around himself.|
|This volunteer had a little help|
|Russell Campbell Worrall Walks the Skye Trail|
|An Evening of Dance and Fiddle|
She has a lovely voice. While we listened to Katie, we also kept our eyes on the big screen TV where the infant Prince George was being revealed by Kate and William to the world.
In between the downpours at PEI, we did some touring, walking, biking, geocaching, and visiting points of interest including the house and village that were the inspiration for L. M. Mongtgomery's House of Green Gables. She is considered one of Canada's most distinguished persons. PEI is a lovely place...wet, but lovely.
|Dulvay Lodge - Nice Place for Lunch|
|Inspirational Home of Anne of Green Gables|
|Anne and Her Friend|
Our impressions of Canada so far....beautiful, green, and wet. We loved the Scottish history in Nova Scotia. With Campbell ancestry on Russ's side, and Shaw ancestry on my side, it was fun to see so many of these relations as the bedrock of Nova Scotia.
We arrived in Quebec late this afternoon. The sky is blue, and we shed our rain clothes. Tomorrow, we are off to do some sight seeing.