Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Nova Scotia Day 9

Another long drive from the northern tip of Cape Breton Island.     It was lovely - most of the drive was along the Bras d'Or Lake.

Little channels had draw bridges.  

The highlight of the day was the Antigonish Highland Games.  It was a LOT of fun!

When we arrived, a preliminary round of tug-of-war was in progress. 

The sessions were 15 minutes.  Here is the "anchor".

Fun to see when the "action" starts close to the 15 minute mark - they all together "flip" and pull hard the other way.

And then there was the Caber Toss -  this nice pole is about 20' tall and weighs about 175 lbs!  Don't ya love the kilts?

Here is an attempt to "turn" the caber - to toss it in the air and try to make it go end-over-end.

And here is a successful toss!

 And then there were the ladies doing the tug-of-war!

The announcers invited the crowd to participate in the next event - the "Farmer's Carry"  for a $500 prize.  This simply involved carrying two 202 lb weights for 100 yards, best time wins.  You are allowed to put the weights down up to 3 times.   Here was a fantastic run - remember - this guy is carrying 404 lbs! 

But this guy was the crowd favorite - he only weighs 170 lbs himself!  Amazing that he made it 100 yards!

I really enjoyed watching the Scottish Highlands dance competition.  There were hundreds of girls competing.  As far as I could tell, they are each dancing individually and being judged based on the exact steps they are supposed to be doing.

And finally, what Highland Games are complete with out the bagpipes!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Nova Scotia Day 8

A nice long  drive on the "Cabot Trail" towards our next destination, Fort Louisbourg.   

Nice scenery on the way - about 3 hours.

I always find little road-side eatery's names interesting.....didn't stop at this one, but weird name....not sure anyone wants to lick-a chicken!!

It was lunch-time when we arrived near Louisbourg, so we stopped at a waterfront restaurant.  Nothing special - but I loved that ever chair had little knitted  "booties".  My sis will love that!

We did make it to the Fort Louisbourg park.  It was a 18th century French fort - but was eventually taken by the British.   In it's time, it was the 3rd busiest port in North America in the early 1700's - behind Boston and  Philadelphia. 

Like Willaimsburg, there were lots of  costumed folks doing the work that they would have been doing in the 1700's.  This blacksmith shop was really neat - they hammered out neat items while they were talking.

Very interesting - this is looking down in the "ice house" - it was like a huge well - but they used ice and layers of straw to keep produce and milk product fresh year - round.

What fort is complete without cannons?    These are re-creatations, not the originals.  (real warm-body soldier in the background!)

A pretty chapel.

Must have been a busy town back in the 1700's!

I'll leave you with a cute little video clip!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nova Scotia Day 7

More Cape Breton touring!

And a whale watching trip on a zodiac!

Unfortunately during the 2 hour boat ride, we found no whales!!  We did, however spot some playful seals.  They were shy though - you mostly saw their head pop out of the water and then a splash like this one in the distance.

And I finally spotted a moose!!  I've been searching every bog and treeline for one....and this one was just on the side of the road! 

Pretty hike to a small water fall.  Wonderful temperatures in the woods.   No humidity. 

Coastline with not a soul in sight!

We hiked the popular "Skyline Trail" - almost 6 miles and ends in a boardwalk that is really spectacular!

The B&B for the night was sortof weird - I didn't even snap a photo.  

I did document the local beer we'd been drinking - (this comment is for Buddy - Karen actually liked this beer - it's called an IPA, but it really wasn't!)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Nova Scotia Day 6

Today was spent touring the east side of Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Beautiful day and beautiful scenery!

We went on several hikes thru the wilderness.  Very peaceful!

No handrails in this park!

Convinced Duane to stand still for another "selfie"!!!

Up the coast we passed several fishing villages just outside the park.

Long day of hiking!!  Our next B&B - lovely and in the "middle of nowhere"!

Our own separate entrance.  This would have been a nice place to stay for a few days just to relax.

Another good day in Canada!!