Pearle’s in Paradise

Part of the thrill of travelling without an itinerary is that one is often hungry or tired without knowing where the next meal or bed is.

That was the situation today, as we left Lunenburg in the 35C heat and headed overland to Annapolis Royal and then east to Bridgetown.

By the time we got to Bridgetown it was 7:30PM and the whole town was shut down. On Friday night in July, no less. So camping at Valley View wasn’t going to work (we had no food.). Quick decision: head northeast toward Wolfville, find food on the way, and a place to stay after that.

10 minutes later, I hear Cindy shout "Pearlesfishburgershotdogsicecream!!" I pulled a hard left into an amazing shack by the side of the road. It’s in the middle of nowhere, if you don’t count the 30 cars around the lot and the lineup in front.

The burgers were awesome and the fish was huge, if a little "moist". Just what we needed.

Now let’s see if we can find a motel…

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Peggy’s Cove: Beauty, Fog and Mould

We left Halifax, heading south along the South Shore. Beautiful old cottages (houses really) dotted along miles of bays and small islands.

Took the side road to check out the lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove. Beautiful! Spent an hour or so climbing on the huge rocks and seeing what we could from the fog. It was very pleasant weather but very foggy on the point.
Last time we were here there was a post office in the lighthouse, but now the post office is closed down. I guess they painted the lighthouse last year and found mould inside, so shut everything down.

I thought mould could be cleaned or treated or something, but I guess not at a government operation? Not sure.

It sure seems mould is more scary to North Americans than Al Qeida these days. "Holmes on Homes" needs to take some of the blame (OMG! MOULD!! Tear it all down!!!). Maybe I should start Moldy Mark’s Home Cleaning and make my fortune…

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What’s your favorite dish? Fish!

The family pecking order for Good Eats on this trip goes something like this:

– home fries: Required
– great fish: Required
– burgers or chicken for Robyn (who doesn’t eat seafood): must be nearby.
– pop in bottles, from local brewer: 1point bonus
– a shack where you stand in line to order: 1 point bonus.
– picnic tables out back with a view of water: 3 point bonus.

The Battered Fish on Halifax harbour scores full points. Pure bliss!

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Hup Hup Holland!

Was wandering around downtown Halifax looking for a place to watch the game when I saw a huge World Cup banner.

It turns out I found the dutch enclave too! Kickoff in 15 minutes and I can hardly wait.

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Typical attire in Halifax

It’s a warm day, but the ladies still prefer traditional attire. And if I understand things correctly, beer. Alexander Keiths beer.

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Land of the Living Skies

July 3 was the 100th Anniversary of the Silverson family farm south of Kayville and Ormiston, Saskatchewan.  That particular farm was settled by my mother's Grandfather, although the surrounding farms were also settled by cousins (or soon to be cousins) who immigrated from Romania between 1911 and 1920.  

While I often heard stories of how busy and bustling the surrounding villages of Kayville, Ormiston, Crane Valley and Wheatstone were, now they are essentially ghost towns.  Even Terry Silverson, who keeps the farm running, lives and works in Regina (130km away) during the week.  But this weekend the farm was humming as aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents came from as far away as Calgary, Prince Albert and Windsor, Ont. to visit and reminisce.

We took a lot of pictures of friends and family but I was most struck by the beauty of the area.  Even on a 'busy' Saturday you'd be hard pressed to see four trucks drive down the grid road; it was just us, the birds, the wind, and the colours.  Brilliant green grass (we've had record rains this spring), bright yellow canola, fluffy white clouds and the amazing deep blue summer sky.   You can see for miles and get lost at the same time.

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Pee Wee Capitals win again!

Congratulations to the Regina Pee Wee Female Capitals who won their second tournament of the season. This weekend it was the Swift Current tourney which the Capitals won after beating the Weyburn Angels 3-2 in the final on Sunday.

The girls did well to get to the final, beating the Diefenbaker Thunder 4-1 and Saskatoon Comet Snipers 5-0.

Their best game was a 1-1 tie with the fast, rough and tough Swift Current Colts on Saturday night. It was a nail biter right to the final buzzer.

What a great job by all the Capitals!

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Kokanee Creek in the Morning

Taken around 7:30AM. The clouds are low in the mountains because it’s
seriously humid here (north of Nelson BC). It gets hot during the day
then big thunderstorms in the afternoon. Expecting the same today.
So we get lots of greenery – it’s a completely different ecosystem
than the Radium-Fairmont valley on the other side of Kootenay pass.
 
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Lake Louise in Summer

We’re up at the top of the Lake Louise gondola, looking back at the
lake, chateau and glacier. The sky has quite a bit of smoke haze,
which I assume is from the wildfires in the Okanagan valley, 600km to
the west.
 
I’m shocked by the size of the glaciers. It’s been 8 years since I’ve
been here and to my mind the glaciers are way smaller than the last
time we were here. And not just Lake Louise – all over. Climate
change in action, I suppose.
 
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Happy Birthday to Me, Me, Me!

Happy Birthday to Mother, by riacaleToday’s my birthday!  Yay!

Although birthdays are kinda quiet around here they’re still very special and today was a great day.   Up early to watch Ben play soccer, then off for a light lunch with Cindy (hot dogs at the Peavey Mart and Milky Way ice cream, then watch the Euro 2008 final before joining up with the kids and Cindy’s family for a movie (Wall-E) and finally homemade bbq burgers.  And I got some community association work done, some wood chopped for tomorrow’s pizza party and some dough mixed.  Not bad for a Sunday!

My birthday gift this year was the best ever.  Cindy signed the two of us up to the MS-Bike Tour this September in Waskiseu.  66km of hilly parkland and possibly bears.  Awesome!  The only problem is that neither of us has done much riding so far this year, so the training regimine starts, erm, tomorrow. But early tomorrow.   And I’ll eat pizza standing up or something.  Tuesday for sure.

Photo credit:  riacale, on flickr