Peggy's Cove, Mahone Bay to Lunenburg
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What a great time along the Lighthouse Trail today! By 2:30 pm, we were only 2 miles beyond our campground!
First, we drove south for 5 miles to Peggy's Cove, where the famous lighthouse is "the 2nd most photographed in the world" or something like that. It was beautiful, although the sky was cloudy, and the visitor's info helper was tremendously helpful offering food and craft suggestions for the area all around the cove.
The huge rocks on which the lighthouse stands were great fun for climbing and we met many nice families as everyone borrowed others to take pictures of their group. It was a very nice group of travelers.
Just a few miles north as we headed back past our campground was Ryer's Lobster, where we stopped for $6.95/lb. cooked lobster.
Dave and Joan run the place as they were retired and wanted to do something for the warmer months, traveling to Florida for the winter. They were SO nice and showed us different sized lobsters (like a 7 pound lobster!!), gave us one lobster free because they'd already snacked the claws, and provided us bibs and paper products when we asked if we could eat at their picnic tables.
It was a afternoon of fascinating learning about shippping live lobsters via FedEx (next day delivery) all over North America. These lobsters today were from the Bay of Fundy and had barnacles on them. Different areas have their lobster come into season at different times in the summer.
And did I mention that we got to eat lobster?? I won't say how many lobsters, but I think we are out of control.
Anyway, we waddled back into Ciao and drove at least 2 miles up the road to the Hammock Factory where Archie, also retired (from Ford), takes nylon or recycled plastic and uses the great mechanical bobbin winders to make the rope, then uses another machine overnight to braid the rope. The hammocks are then made and after we tried them all, we ordered the green, family-sized nylon one for home. By shipping ($25) we saved more than the tax, which is high here (15%).
It was all we could do to roll out of those sample hammocks, say goodbye to the black Lab who was just like Onyx (our dog), say our goodbye's to the gregarious Archie, and roll on up the road!
But not for long! After all, the old General Store with the Farmer's ice cream was on the way and you cannot pass that!
Finally we got on the highway for at least 10 miles and stopped at the Chester exit.
Eight miles maybe to Mahone Bay - now this quaint town was a gem! Obviously well-loved for a long time, it had interesting stores (like a Fair Trade shop), gourmet food stores (which provided our fish cakes for dinner and sweets for desserts), and an Amos Pewter shop where Sebastian gave us a private tour of the pewter-making process. Fascinating! We got a little pewter "Sara" vase as a memento of that delightful town.
Five miles on to Lunenburg, our final destination, with a first stop at the campground run by Visitor's Information.
Plus, the campground is so convenient as we can walk right into town, which we did tonight. People are friendly, one older couple along the harbor calling out to find out where we are from, then offering advice as they are locals.
It is true that the Bluenose II, the famous ship, is in restoration for this year, sadly. I have wanted to take a ride on that famous ship for years. But we did ask the local couple about it and were pointed to the very end of the pier, where we could see some of it behind a tugboat.
Lunenburg is one of our UNESCO World Heritage sites! We plan to explore it more in the morning.
p.s. If you're interested- I added lots of photos to the blogs beginning 6/25 in Quebec City- enjoy! (Great internet via our Verizon aircard here in Lunenburg!)