From Moncton, a town that is sheltered on the north side of the Bay of Fundy, we drove around the east end of the bay to Dartmouth, a suburb of Halifax, on the weather-beaten south coast of Nova Scotia.
|Moncton, New Brunswick to Halifax, Nova Scotia|
Anyway, after a tense hour and a half to cross the city, then a half hour of pleasant driving on a narrow country road lined with trees and ponds, suddenly we emerged onto the coast at Peggy's Cove, a small fishing village. The problem with that was that it was foggy. Captain Dan's tour group whined and grumbled—anticipating a long, damp walk to see another stupid light-house and seriously in need of a latte after that stressful drive.
We stopped first at the Visitor Center, but there we learned that we could park up the hill near the light house. That cheered me, but Dan started carping about the fog to the guide. She replied, "Actually, the weather is better than it has been all day, and I think the fog may even lift." Sure enough, the fog was lifting as she spoke. That was cheery, and when we parked in the upper lot, I noticed an "espresso" sign on the restaurant/gift shop there. Alright!
The Atlantic slams right into the south coast of Nova Scotia, but the coast is well armed, being built of solid granite—slabs, and sheets, and boulders of granite. The ocean would find it hard to carve any fancy formations out of this stuff, though it had succeeded in creating cracks and fissures. What would it look like if the tide withdrew and revealed the granite wall of the continent?
|Rocky Coast at Peggy's Cove|
The light-house there is the archetypical light-house— a single, shapely white tower with a light on top, and no buildings attached. It was conveniently perched on a granite plateau allowing tourists to walk far enough away to take photos of each other in front of the tower.
|The Light at Peggy's Cove|
|Sunset in Peggy's Cove|
Once again our Best Western reservation has been upgraded to an executive suite. This time that means a very large room with no more furniture than necessary, leaving lots of empty space for our copious luggage. The walls are light tan, instead of the mud color of the previous room. Both of us feel very comfortable here. Fortunately, the hotel has a restaurant called Trendz Café & Wine Bar, where Dan had a great dinner.