The Surf Report: Knee-High To A Grasshopper

Kannon Beach

Kannon Beach

Day 74    August 22, 2014   Halifax to Havre Boucher, Nova Scotia, Canada

This day was kind of like a repositioning cruise day for us. Not a lot really happened as we did some errands, and slowly made our way towards Cape Breton. It was a peaceful day.

We passed through Lawrencetown and stopped to visit the Kannon Beach Surf Shop. Yep, there’s surfing in Nova Scotia. But I don’t know when, ‘cause it was knee-high to a grasshopper when we were there! And we were scouting the right place, as I asked the surf shop employee where the surf breaks are.

Kannon Beach Surf Shop

Kannon Beach Surf Shop

Kannon Beach. Tiny, tiny surf...

Kannon Beach. Tiny, tiny surf…

Kannon Beach

Kannon Beach

Onwards, up the road we travelled, passing little coastline coves and teeny tiny towns. It was overcast and raining a bit, but it was a pretty and relaxing drive.

Roadside snapshot in Chezzetcook

Roadside snapshot in Chezzetcook

Driving in the rain. Not sure where we were!

Driving in the rain. Not sure where we were!

Along the road....

Along the road….

Pretty cove

Pretty cove

Coastline scenery

Coastline scenery

Head of Chezzetcook. Don't know where the rest of him is...

Head of Chezzetcook. Don’t know where the rest of him is…

We did stop for a while at Sherbooke Village, which was referred to as an “open air museum.” The place was closed when we got there, but it wasn’t gated, and so we were able to walk around at our leisure and take photos. I think it’s kind of an historical reenactment kind of place where people dress up in period costumes and show you how life was way back when. Truthfully, I was glad it was closed. It was much more enjoyable, just Mark, me and the dogs, walking and shooting pics with nobody in our way.

The small town of Sherbrooke

The small town of Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke

The biggest, and maybe the only, intersection in Sherbrooke

The biggest, and maybe the only, intersection in Sherbrooke

@ Sherbrooke Village

@ Sherbrooke Village

@ Sherbrooke Village

@ Sherbrooke Village

@ Sherbrooke Village

@ Sherbrooke Village

@ Sherbrooke Village

@ Sherbrooke Village

@ Sherbrooke Village

@ Sherbrooke Village

@ Sherbrooke Village

@ Sherbrooke Village

We drove until it was almost dark, and docked for the night at Hyclass Ocean Campground, in Havre Boucher.

The British Explosion vs The Halifax Explosion….Who Knew?!

Halifax, as seen from the Harbour Hopper

Halifax, as seen from the Harbour Hopper

Day 73    August 21    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Following our long morning dog walk, i.e., our attempt to poop out the pups, we drove back into downtown Halifax.

Morning dog walk in the park

Morning dog walk in the park

Morning dog walk in the park

Morning dog walk in the park

Morning dog walk in the park

Morning dog walk in the park

Morning dog walk in the park

Morning dog walk in the park

We took the Harbour Hopper amphibious boat tour, which started out with a driving tour around the city, and ended up with a cruising tour on the harbor. The tour hosts were entertaining, and we got a good overview of all the cool stuff to see in Halifax.

Out and about on the Harbour Hopper tour

Out and about on the Harbour Hopper tour

Halifax, as seen from the Harbour Hopper

Halifax, as seen from the Harbour Hopper

Halifax, as seen from the Harbour Hopper

Halifax, as seen from the Harbour Hopper

Halifax, as seen from the Harbour Hopper

Halifax, as seen from the Harbour Hopper

It was on the Harbour Hopper that I finally found out what the Halifax Explosion was. I thought it was a reference to a music movement, ya know, like the British Invasion, or British Explosion refers to the time when all the great British Bands and British culture became popular in the United States. And I kept waiting to hear about all the great bands coming out of Halifax.

Wrong!!!

The Halifax Explosion was a huge freakin’ explosion out in the harbor back in 1917. Short story is that a French cargo ship loaded with wartime explosives, had a collision, which started a fire on board, which led to the big KABOOM!! Killed about 2,000 people, injured almost 9,000 others, and obliterated almost all of the buildings within a half-mile radius. The blast was the largest man-made explosion prior to nuclear weapons.

Explosions are cool in the movies….not so cool in real life. But the cool thing that did happen, was that this was the beginning of an everlasting love between Halifax and Boston. Seems that Massachusetts was key in the relief effort, sending doctors, nurses, medical supplies and household goods to help out the people of Halifax. And to this day, every Christmas, the Province of Nova Scotia presents a giant Christmas tree to the City of Boston. And this would also explain why we saw so many people in the city wearing Boston Red Sox t-shirts and caps.

Anyways….safely back on land, we took our own walking tour around the city, and booked a tour of the Alexander Keith’s Brewery. This brewery tour was unlike any other. It wasn’t so much a tour of the actual brewery, as it was an historical reenactment of the history of the brewery. Sounds corny, but it was actually quite fun and really well presented, and we got free beer.

Poutine!

Poutine!

Halifax

Halifax

Cool building in Halifax

Cool building in Halifax

Halifax. Another old church.

Halifax. Another old church.

@ Alexander Keith's Brewery

@ Alexander Keith’s Brewery

@ Alexander Keith's Brewery

@ Alexander Keith’s Brewery

@ Alexander Keith's Brewery

@ Alexander Keith’s Brewery

@ Alexander Keith's Brewery

@ Alexander Keith’s Brewery

@ Alexander Keith's Brewery

@ Alexander Keith’s Brewery

Come evening time, about the only thing left was to find some good live music. And so, we did. We first found an awesome guitar duo playing at The Carleton. And we finished up the evening at Durty Nelly’s, where there was a good old fashioned Ceilidh (kind of an Irish music jam).

@ Durty Nelly's

@ Durty Nelly’s

One Perfect Day In Nova Scotia….Nude Beaches & Photography, Ice Cream, and Beer! Part 2

Garrison Brewery

Garrison Brewery

Day 72    August 20   Part 1    Nova Scotia, Canada

As soon as we arrived in downtown Halifax, we knew we’d love this city, ‘cause we found a parking spot so easily! As we were sitting there in our parking spot, figuring out what to do next, a young man in a city parking authority uniform, tapped on my window. Crap! I knew this parking luck was too good to be true!

I rolled down my window, expecting the worst, when the young man said, “I noticed your California license plates. You’re a long way from home. Can I help you out in any way?”

Ends up, this guy was originally from New Hampshire, and had moved to Halifax just a couple months earlier. He was just welcoming us, his fellow Americans, to the great white north. And he was super helpful, as he told us where the local breweries were! He also told us where we could park and camp for free for the night. Our visit to Halifax was taking shape!

OK then, first stop…Garrison Brewery. Cool place, nice as heck bartender, good beer. The bartender was envious when he found out we were from San Diego, microbrewery central. He told us his favorite beer was from Green Flash, in San Diego. That was my most proudest moment as an American and as a San Diegan!

Garrison Brewery

Garrison Brewery

Mark's chatting with the bartender at Garrison Brewery

Mark, chatting with the bartender at Garrison Brewery

Tasting @ Garrison Brewery

Tasting @ Garrison Brewery

Modern condo building in Halifax

Modern condo building in Halifax

 

 

 

 

 

 

More moderness in Halifax

More moderness in Halifax

And, old quaintness in Halifax

And, old quaintness in Halifax

Halifax

Halifax

 

 

Halifax

Halifax

It was getting dark, so we made our way back to the space shuttle. We were parked right outside of this hole-in-the-wall looking Persian food shack, Shiraz, so we grabbed dinner. A pleasant surprise, as the food was awesome and cheap!

Shiraz for dinner

Shiraz for dinner

Shiraz, the former taxi stand, gets a stellar write-up in the local news.

Shiraz, the former taxi stand, gets a stellar write-up in the local news.

We tried to find the free overnight parking/camping spot that we’d been told about earlier, but we couldn’t find it in the dark, and so we drove to Shubie Campground, about 20 minutes outside the city. We had a hard time finding this too, but we did succeed. An important lesson had been learned today….It’s hard to find stuff in the dark in Canada!