Adventures of Adirondack

Adventures of Adirondack

Friday, August 17, 2012

Wonderful Nova Scotia

We have been having the most wonderful time in Nova Scotia. Halifax was a great city. The marina was right in downtown in the heart of all the action and it was Busker Festival week, so the waterfront was full of interesting and amazing performers doing their acts for the public. The weather was sunny and warm - a nice change after the foggy, wet days we had before we got there.

We had the dinghy motor fixed and Jeff dove on the hull to check out the small hole we developed right before entering Halifax Harbour (we think we might have hit a log floating just under the surface of the water). We are patched up fine - the outside of the hull looked OK, so we can wait till the boat is pulled out in November for the definitive fix.

After leaving John and Jane to rent a car and see Lunenburg then return to Minnesota, we headed west along the coast and went into Mahone Bay. We tied up to the Mahone Bay Town pier and explored the town. It had the best yarn store, a rug hooking store and two quilt shops - a feast of fiber! We anchored in a nearby bay for the night and the next morning had breakfast with Dave and Mimi, cruisers we met in Halifax, on their boat, "J. Michael." We continued to Lunenburg, a world heritage site and beautiful old fishing town. We stopped the next day at Carter's Beach - white sand and cold water!

The town of Shelburne was our next stop. We tied to "J. Michael's" mooring ball at the yacht club and did loads of laundry. The town's waterfront had many old buildings and was a delightful place. We stopped at Dave and Mimi's house on the way out of the bay the next day for lunch, good talk, delicious peaches and vegetables from their garden.

To break up the long trip from Shelburne to Yarmouth, we stopped after a foggy cruise in Clark's Harbour on Cape Sable Island, a fishing town. We anchored along the south shore and had a visit that night from Leslie Smith, who brought us two lobsters the next morning and joined us for tea and a chat. What a wonderful man.

 We had more fog on our way to Yarmouth, but it cleared as we arrived so we could see part of Schooner Passage and find our way up into the harbour to town.

Now we're waiting for a good window to cross to Maine and back into the United States. We'll miss Nova Scotia!

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