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Old 08-26-2011, 08:04 AM   #99
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Leaving Hopewell Cape we continued on to Moncton, Dieppe and Memramcook. Here we stopped at the Monument Lefebvre National Historic Site of Canada. It is a monument to the 19th century renaissance of Acadian culture. This site commemorates the first French language, degree granting institution in Atlantic Canada. This was a must stop because this is my ancestry. I told the young docent my last name which is on the list of the original Acadian settlers and from that point he would not leave us along. We got a personal tour and explanation of each exhibit, a personal tour of the restored theater upstairs and personal handling of our purchases in the gift shop. Actually he is a very nice young man who is very proud of his Acadian heritage. I've included a couple of pics of description of the Acadian history. The major event happened when France ceded the area to Great Briton in the treaty of Utrecht. The Acadians choose neutrality, refused to pledge allegiance to GB and were deported by the thousands. Since then many have returned.
Next we crossed into Nova Scotia and stopped at the visitor center for maps and literature. We headed toward Truro. After a few kilometers the road turned into a toll road so we left and took the scenic road. After a bit we came across a campground out in the middle of nowhere so we pulled in for the evening. It's called Hidden Hilltop Family Campground. It's fairly large with semipermanent RVs around the perimeter and an open grass field in the center for short term. It also has a very large area for horseshoes, volleyball, playground, pool and community fire pit. Best of all the wifi is excellent.

Pic of the monument and a few display boards.
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:02 AM   #100
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Thanks for posting your narrative and photos. Looks like we will hang out in west MA until Monday. The winds from Irene shouldn't be a problem but there are warnings about potential flooding throughout the NE. I expect to be on the road by Tuesday.
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:28 AM   #101
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Thanks for posting your narrative and photos. Looks like we will hang out in west MA until Monday. The winds from Irene shouldn't be a problem but there are warnings about potential flooding throughout the NE. I expect to be on the road by Tuesday.
We'll keep a eye out, we might run by you on the way south.

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Thanks for the offer to post photos of the camp areas but just knowing where we can camp, who to call for a reservation and where the best lobster shacks are will be a big help.
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hello you two..opps...three...this is a great thread... I just found it the other day... I must get out more (on the forum!!)..keep having fun!! and thx for sharing!! gail
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Old 08-26-2011, 08:54 PM   #104
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Today we drove through beautiful lush green farmlands. The Acadian people were farmers and built dikes to drain the salt marsh land and plant crops. We stopped at the Grand Pre' National Historic Site which commemorates the Acadian people. A very nice facility with beautiful grounds and gardens, a memorial church, 19th century blacksmith's shop and a statue of Evangeline, the character of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem about the Acadian Deportation, "Evangeline." Again the docents were great and seemed to take a special interest in our visit.
Dinner was at a small pub across from the Acadia University. We had shepherds pie and Cornish pastie, traditional food. This was in the city of Wolfville, a quaint college town. We are camped at Highbury Gardens Family Camping in Kentville. A nice setting in the trees with many families getting a head start on the weekend.

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Old 08-27-2011, 12:42 PM   #105
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Cheers, Dan

I just hope to goodness your not near that dreadful weather and your rellies are
safely hunkered down
When I noticed "Irene is on the way" I had no idea it a pet name for thunderstorms
and even worse
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Old 08-27-2011, 07:27 PM   #106
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hello you two..opps...three...this is a great thread... I just found it the other day... I must get out more (on the forum!!)..keep having fun!! and thx for sharing!! gail
Thanks Gail, I think the problem is too much time spent on Tin Crumpet's thread. I shouldn't say too much, Lili might be watching.

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Thanks Gail, I think the problem is too much time spent on Tin Crumpet's thread. I shouldn't say too much, Lili might be watching.

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Here I am ..glad your oky doky and not being blown hither and thither
Sensible people set off in daylight ..I set off at dusk and got lost in the country lanes..found the place eventually..then couldn't find Hans on the huge Aerodrome..Aerodrome is a dying word by the way..but I'm still using it ..The security man on the gate drove off to find him for me..he saw Hx1 trickling past in The Airstream earlier on in the day..When you ask if they've seen an airstream they never say ..which one ..its 2 am and I'm looking at your lovely snaps..Hope Irene is ok and wish that other Pesky Irene would clear off !!
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:54 PM   #108
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Today we headed to Middleton to see the town clock that is powered by water. I guess it doesn't keep very good time but is quite rare. We met a lady there who's daughter is the weather lady at a TV station in Wash. DC. A very nice lady who wanted to take her picture in front of the coach to send to her daughter. Next we bought our first diesel in Canada. Pulled into a station not realizing it was a card-lock type station. Before I shut the engine off there was a guy at my window making sure I wanted diesel as I was in front of the diesel pump. By the time we got out there was a lady there also making sure we knew how to work the card reader. The reader had a training function for new users that involved 16 button pushes to explain the process and issue an I.D. No. After Irene put her card in the gal actually pushed all the buttons for us as it went through the process. The ten minute fuel stop took more than 45 minutes visiting with these friendly people. Also the diesel was actually 5 cents/liter cheaper then the regular gas. It cost $4.68/per U.S. gallon with wasn't as bad as I expected. Next we visited the Tidal Generating Station at Anapolis Royal. The station was built in 1984 as a demonstration plant. It is the only tidal generating station in North America and one of few in the world. Nova Scotia Power has two docents there explaining the plant and future experiments. Having spent 15 years working on the power generating stations in Los Angeles I had a great time discussing the systems with these guys. The recommended 30 minutes to see the station turned into an hour and a half.
Leaving the station we drove by the deGANNES-COSBY House built in 1708. Continuously a private home it is the oldest documented wooden structure in Nova Scotia. A drive through the Old Wharf and we were on our way to Digby known to have the highest tides in the world and home to the largest scallop fleet. A great little seaport town.
Next was Church Point where we camped for the night but also the location of the largest wood structure church in North America, Sainte-Marie Church and Sainte-Bernard Church which is a magnificent stone structure built by hand by a small group of local people. It took them 32 years from 1910 to 1942 to build.

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The Middleton water powered clock.
Friendly lady, said she was 85 years old.
Tidal Power Plant.
deGANNES-COSBY House
Sainte-Marie Church
Sainte-Bernard Church
The area in the foreground from the land point at the upper left to the base of the light house is a mud flat here at low tide.
You don't leave the inner harbor at low tide.

By the way the latest forecast has the storm passing to the west of us with a 10% chance of 39 mph winds. I'm pretty sure we'll be fine. I don't think one Irene is going to bother another Irene.

Cheers, Dan
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Wow Dan.. you guys got this traveling/documenting thing down. I always suck at taking the pictures and sharing the adventure. I will just stay tuned for more.

Drive safe.

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Wow Dan.. you guys got this traveling/documenting thing down. Drive safe.

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Not really Vinnie, Irene takes a lot of great pictures but I just babble a lot. Hagar whispers in my ear too, it is usually a pretty sloppy whisper. Thanks for the kind words anyway and glad you enjoy it.

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Today we started off with a few short bursts of rain and then it started in pretty steady The wind wasn't blowing much at this time. We headed west toward Yarmouth at the southwest end of Nova Scotia and the wind got down right blustery. It was annoying and interesting but not quite a white knuckler. As the wind picked up the rain stopped. We headed up the south coast to a town called Pubnico. There is an Acadian Historical site there that is set up like a village. They have moved original homes and shops to the site and the docents dressed in vintage clothing actually perform tasks as they did years ago. The lady's baked cookies in wood stoves and worked on quilts. The men built lobster traps, repaired nets and built boats. You are free to wander about and sample the molasses cookies, and salted cod and chat about their work and life as it was 100 years ago. Last year they built a small coastal fishing boat with a 3hp, one cylinder hit and miss engine. This year they are working on a fishing dory. These are all built with the period hand tools. In addition to the garden they are raising 2 calves, 2 pigs and a few chickens. The hand made quilts were being sold in the gift shop as well as the cookies and a few other items but no talk of selling the boats. It really was a great way to spend the afternoon. Dinner was at a local restaurant where we had rappie pie, a traditional Acadian dish, haddock with lobster sauce and baked scallops.
We then headed up the coast to our camp site and shock of all shocks, across the street is a classic Airstream motorhome!!! The park owner never knew Airstream made a moho until his neighbor bought one and now there was one in his park. We walked across the street to where we could see it and take a pic. Tomorrow we will try to contact the owner.

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Downtown Yarmouth
The enntrance to the Historic Acadian Village of Nova Scotia
Wood cook stove
Sewing room
Salted Cod, yes it's real and tastes very salty
The coastal fishing boat
Reparing a net
The floor of the dory under construction
Chatting outside fisherman's shack, notice the new lobster traps all hand made.
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This is why Hurricane Irene stays clear of us.
Also the Airstream Motorhome.

Cheers, Dan

I had add the last pic.
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