Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Win's Road Trip

O.K. I'm back.................Ann sent me off to the looney bin for a few days - new computer and all that, it was just too much for me!!

Before we leave Newfoundland, I'd like to backtrack for a moment...................On our travels up and down the Viking Trail we noticed cords of firewood stacked on the side of the highway - when we were up at the Viking Site I asked one of the locals about it and it was explained to me that there is no natural gas pipelines for heating homes and electric or oil heat is far too expensive, so these hardy people continue to do what they have been doing all along and that is to cut their own firewood. The yearly permit is purchased from the Government for the tidy sum of $22.00 and this allows each family eight bush cords which should last them the winter!!....................There are a few things still on the Viking Trail that bring back days long gone!!

When we arrived back at Port aux Basque I took a few photos of the Leif Ericson, one of the sister ferries to the Atlantic Vision which we were lucky enough to sail on in both directions!! You will note the re-enforcement on the front of the truck, that is what is called a "moose catcher" - Truckers who travel Newfoundland extensively all have them!!

Well folks .........That covers Newfoundland....................Canada's best kept secret and one of the most amazing places I've ever travelled - the people are most definitely the salt of the earth..........Highly recommended to All !!

The first place we visited upon arriving in Nova Scotia was the Village of Baddeck - made famous by Alexander Graham Bell who in February, 1909 was responsible for the first aircraft flight in Canada .............. The plane was named "The Silver Dart" and it took off from the frozen ice covered Bras d'Or Lake - it was a controlled flight which lasted for a long period of time and only got better as they continued to experiment - unlike "The Flyer" at Kitty Hawk, N.C. in 1903 which only accomplished three very short distances then the Wright brothers packed it up and went back to Ohio never to fly again!!

Alexander and his wife Mabel along with their descendants (only the dead ones) are buried in a private gravesite on ten acres of of the lake and the National Site Building are attached.

It's a beautiful village but I have a feeling that a vacation there would be a little hard on the wallet!! However an afternoon stay is just fine.


Thanks Win

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