Monthly Archives: August 2014

Halifax and Peggy’s Cove

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So Long Cape Breton – Sunday August 24, 2014

We’re leaving Cape Breton for Halifax today. It’s about 300 miles, much longer than our 200 mile limit as defined by our “Rules of 2”. To break up the trip, we’ll spend tonight at the Caribou Munroes Island Provincial Park near Pictou NS. It’s great being retired with no set schedule to follow.

Once again, we blindly follow the GPS (will we never learn?). We find ourselves on a 2 lane road with a sign stating “Ferry Ahead”. There’s no where to turn around and up ahead we see stopped cars waiting their turn to load. I don’t see any other trailers or RVs waiting in line but I do see a few small trucks. Hopefully we can fit. Like others, we turn off our engine and wait. A few people walk their dogs so we do the same. After 10 minutes or so, a line of cars heads our way. We load up T&E, start the truck and slowly pull forward as about 20 cars ahead of us drive onto the ferry. We repeat this process 2 more times and after about 45 minutes, it looks like we’ll finally get on. As we get closer, one of the crewmen walks over and very politely says he won’t be able to take us. Turns out the ramp onto the ferry is so short and steep it will cause our trailer to drag resulting in damage. We’re at a point in the road where we can easily turn around so we head back to where we started. It’s a good thing we’re only driving 200 miles today.

If they built this ferry a little longer, cars could simply drive across it like a bridge.

If they built this ferry a little longer, cars could simply drive across it like a bridge.

It’s about 5 PM when we finally arrive at Caribou Munroes park. The campground has no hookups and is divided into two sections, one wooded and the other in an open field. It’s cool out so we opt for the open field. We have a view of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and can see Prince Edward Island in the distance. We’re here for one night only so we leave the trailer hitched up.

Cindy takes T&E for a “wade” along the shore of Caribou Munroes Island Provincial Park.

Cindy takes T&E for a “wade” along the shore of Caribou Munroes Island Provincial Park.

Hello Halifax – Monday August 25, 2014

Campground options in the Halifax area are limited so we’re staying at the Woodhaven RV Park, a commercial campground close to town. It’s not ideal, lots of permanent residents, but it has good wifi, laundry and full hookups so it will do for a couple of nights.

Today we’ve mapped out a loop drive which takes us through Halifax then back to the campground along the coast via Peggy’s Cove. Halifax is bigger than we anticipated. It’s a sizable town with lots of parks and historic sites. We thought we’d enjoy a city-fix but for some reason we can’t get inspired. Other than walking T&E around Point Pleasant Park, most of our time in Halifax is spent driving around.

Peggy’s Cove

We leave Halifax for Peggy’s Cove and after an hour or so we arrive. Peggy’s Cove is a picturesque small harbor town best known for its lighthouse.

Harbor at Peggy’s Cove.

Harbor at Peggy’s Cove.

There are lots of tourists here climbing all over the rocks at the harbor’s entrance. We leash up T&E to join them. Eddie and I head off towards the lighthouse while Cindy and Trixie go in the opposite direction.

Lots of tourists climbing all over the rocks surrounding the lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove.

Lots of tourists climbing all over the rocks surrounding the lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove.

Cindy and Trixie explore the rocky coastline at Peggy’s Cove.

Cindy and Trixie explore the rocky coastline at Peggy’s Cove.

With no clouds in the sky and a mid-day sun, it’s hard to get good photographs of Peggy’s Cove.

I had to wait forever for a tourist-free photo of the lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove.

I had to wait forever for a tourist-free photo of the lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove.

After spending an hour at Peggy’s Cove, we load up T&E in the truck and head back to camp. Along the way we stop at Sobey’s, our new favorite grocery store in the whole world. Sobey’s are all over Canada and they have the most wonderful selection of baked goods and seafood. We buy another loaf of raison walnut bread along with a halibut steak. We’ll grill the fish for dinner tonight and toast the walnut bread for breakfast in the morning. Our campground may not be scenic but at least we’ll eat like kings.

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