|19 -||48 hours and counting down... we have entered that hectic time of planned and unplanned tasks that must get done before our departure Thursday evening. Tasks such as changing kitty's litterbox and picking up perscription sunglasses. Thursday day, I pack, water plantsand change answering machine message. Aside from choosing wrinkle-tolerant and slighty warmer clothes, packing is simple: PACK LESS! Plan on doing one laundry stop. What once seemed an infinite amount of time has now become a very genuine dash for the 8 pm boarding of the Portland ferry two days from tonight!|
PLAN: Leave NH, board ferry in Portland for pm passage to Yarmouth. Pack a
gourmet picnic dinner for deluxe deck or cabin dining.We booked a
cabin...an upgrade from the economy class which are about as roomy as
our packed miata. Our first passage in 1994 and our "red-eye" start to
our journey last year taught us the value of a good night's sleep for
the start of the holiday. The long hot shower before hitting land and
the open road are indeed worth the upgrade.Will try to hold out on
ferry coffee and hit a coffee shop and a bank in Yarmouth. I've found
at least 1 shop very near the ferry terminal....I'll probably be able
to find it by smell, after that I'm off coffee when I can have a good
cup of tea.
Dave went to work, I, of course attended to the hundred or so details left for leaving the house and packing items, including dinner, for the trip. Our first leg of the trip is a 2 1/2 hr drive to Maine where we board the Scotia Prince for a 12 hour night sail. Lobster rolls, champagne, and cheasecake.
|22 -||Yarmouth to Halifax,
Arrive 9am NS time. Find Jakes, a bank, and hit the Lighthouse
Route. Meander some.1st look at Peggy's Cove. Have a long lunch in
Lunenburg or Mahone Bay (I checked their on-line lunch menu at the Old
Fish Factory Restaurant, where I saw raw oysters, my new favorite
delicacy) and possibly meet with a local Web designer.
Then off to Halifax, check in at the Delta Barrington and race to meet Paul Schneiderite of the Halifax Chronicle Herald . A long awaited real time get together! We've been corresponding with e-mail since Paul found our `96 tour last winter. then off to find sushi for a long-lost Friday tradition (When Dave and I were dating , he lived in NH and I, in Boston. He'd meet me nearly every Friday eve for over two years and we'd eat sushi. It was a "heart-healthy" courtship!).
|23 -||Halifax: Explore. planning our day according to weather, we'll walk about this friendly city and take in some gardens, art galleries and architecture or head indoors to the observatory and Aviation Museum. In the evening we'll take the metro-ferry to Dartmouth for a repeat performance in fine dining at La Perla. Last year's meal was so enjoyable we have talked about returning ever since then. A meal is an event in our vacation experience and well worth the $$ if we enjoy it with all our senses turned "on".We favor a meal that is prepared individually and meant to be savored. We plan to work up a good appetite and eat early enough to take in some jazz or dancing this Saturday night. La perla:|
|24 -||Marine drive, sea kayak, beach, smoked salmon.|
|25 -||Tor Bay/Seawind Landing|
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|27 -||Cape Breton|
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|31 -||Five Islands|
|01 -||Cape Split|
|02 -||Lunenberg/Mahone Bay|
|04 -||Middleton or Briar Island|
|05 -||return to Yarmouth buy, Ginger snaps at Edna's Bakery and provisions for pm ferry ride to Bar Harbor.|
|06 -||visit friends in Blue Hill/Brooklin ME.|
|07 -||Home sweet home|
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