Friday, September 14, 2012

Halifax, Peggy's Cove and Long Drive

Friday, September 14, 2012
     On our way to Halifax this morning we stopped at "Mastodon Ridge" in Stewiacki.  The bones of a Mastodon were found and excavated here in 1991.  They have some exhibits, gift shop. places to eat, a lifesize Mastodon and a putt putt course.  We filled up with gas - almost $5.50 per gallon! - took a little math to figure that out.  Litres to Gallons.
Parking meters take Credit Cards!

Titanic Victims Graves in Halifax 

On to Halifax  - another day of perfect weather.     I didn't realize that Halifax is such a large city.  

A cute little tug in Halifax harbor.
        Crowded with lots of tourists.  We bought a couple of things and found that the sales tax in Halifax is 15%.  And their parking meters take credit cards.  A very expensive place.  
     We really liked the Titanic Exhibit in the Atlantic Maritime Museum.  The museum is on the waterfront - Halifax is a busy port - we watched containers being loaded on ships and leaving the port.  There is a huge community of artists and craftsmen in Halifax.  We drove to Fairlawn Cemetery where 120 Titanic victims are buried - a beautiful memorial to them.  More than 1,500 people died when the Titanic sank.
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

Yep - that's my brother on the treacherous rocks!
     From Halifax to Peggys Cove - a very popular tourist spot.  The drive was very unusual - there are areas that look like rocks and desert in the American west - some spots made me think of what other planets might look like - Peggy's Cove Preservation Area.  The lighthouse is on huge rocks - the whole village seems to be rocks.  A very laid back little village with craft shops, souvenir stands and craftsmen at work.  We had a "Traditional Cornish Pastry" for lunch - delicious.  Lester says I need to learn to make them - seems to me that he could learn as easily as I can.  The rocks look treacherous - there is a sign "Injury and even death have occurred when careless visitors climbed on these rocks".  I was smart enough to stay off the rocks - see the picture of Lester climbing on the rocks waving his arms.  He just won't listen.

    We left Peggy's Cove - heading toward Quebec.  We're staying in Fredericton tonight.  We drove a lot of miles today - we usually have one or two "high mileage" days.  We're heading to Quebec - and decided tonight that we will drive back into USA and drive across Maine.  It's not much farther and looks like a lot more enjoyable drive.  I think Lester is hoping for some more antique shops along the way.  A very good day.

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