The RV Adventure Part III: Nova Scotia

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Can't you just hear me singing 'On the Road Again'? 10 metres of brand new road warrior glory. The friend I took along, Jodi Kasten from Florida, is only 4 ft. 10 in. tall. Which means I had most of the room for myself. Kay Hutchinson, owner of King Neptune's Campground. This is a few minutes outside of Peggy's Cove, the nicest little campground, ever. Kay made us homemade gingerbread cake and whipped cream. And tea and coffee. The next morning, I went to say goodbye and she invited me into her house. She has lived there year round for over 40 years. A big old woodstove in the living room is the only source of heat. She was born in Saskatchewan, not far from where my father was born. Prairie tough translates well into the Maritimes. Kay is a total treasure. Our view that first night at King Neptune's, in Indian Harbour. If you look in the middle of the pic, you can see a lighthouse. On the Shubenacadie River in Shubenacadie National Park, you can go tidal bore rafting. It's the only place in the world. The tide comes in and the salt water meets fresh along the river. Your crazy river guide, Trevor, steers you directly into the cresting wave. Our waves hit about 8 metres - it crashes right into the boat. Now, to get to the boat, you have to slip in the mud down the riverbank and stick your shoes up to your ankles in mud. You get in the boat and stare at your feet. After awhile, you are totally drenched in water. The boat fills up to your waist with each wave. Then you realize at least your shoes are finally clean. See that rope around the edge? You have to hang on for dear life, or you will be tossed out of the boat. Quite possible the most fun I have ever had. For 55 bucks, you can literally have the ride of your life for 2 hours. Outstanding.
You choose your own at Hall's Harbour, in the Bay of Fundy. We named them Bob and Lola. And then we ate them. Lobsters are very, very ugly. And very, very tasty. They have a huge one there that weighed about 40 pounds. Mean looking bugger. We went deep sea fishing from Lunenberg, one of the prettiest harbours I've seen. It's the setting for that show on TV right now called Haven. I watched it once, and kept yelling, 'I've been there!'. And I wonder why nobody will watch TV with me. And to think I thought cod only came covered in breadcrumbs. Together with the rest of the catch, we ate well that night back at the campsite. With the fish cleaned right there on board, the gulls ate well, too. This is actually pretty mesmerizing to watch. It's starts out with one or two gulls following in the wake, and soon there are tons of them. They dive bomb for scraps. From the Lunenberg golf course, the beauty of the harbour. They closed the course for a dinner we had there with Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade government people. We found out later that didn't go over so well. They let us head out in golf carts before dinner. Gorgeous course. If I golfed, I'm sure I'd appreciate it even more.
This is Crazy Jodi, my friend. She's a food critic and restaurant reviewer in Jacksonville, FL. She's also a ghost hunter and all-around nutbar. We were at Port- Royal (also called Annapolis Royal), a reconstructed fort in what was once the capital of Acadia. They demonstrate everything from shingle making to weaving using old timey tools, and the guides wear authentic clothes. Inhabitants lost the fort, but survived the winter with the help of the local Mi'kmaq people. It's actually very cool; you can read <a href=<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Royal,_Nova_Scotia<>more here</a>.” title=”” width=”125″ height=”125″ /></a></td>
<td><a href=Nova Scotia - a really glorious place to visit, and hard to get out of your blood. If you can get there, I highly recommend it. Thanks to <a href="http://www.gorving.ca">GoRVing Canada</a> and Nova Scotia Ministry of Tourism for the trip.