S: Trip to Nova Scotia - Sept. 2011
FC: Our Trip to Nova Scotia September 24th - October 1st, 2011
1: I love the leaves, I do not know why. Is it their colors or how they fly? They crunch and crinkle Under my feet; I pile them up And take a leap! | Our Trip to Nova Scotia September 24th - October 1st, 2011
3: Andrea showed up to give me the memory chip to be mailed back to Bev. | We stopped at Tim Horton's in Belleville for a visit with Dad and Marianne. They were just walking over from their apartment when we pulled into the parking lot. | Sunrise on day one as we pass through Toronto. The traffic was so light that for the first time in years we were able to stay on cruise control most of the way.
4: Marianne, Marin, Rick, Andrea, and Dad at Tim Horton's.
5: The price of gas in NB was pretty much the same as it had been in Quebec. | The leaves were starting to turn, so we had a pretty drive down through New Brunswick. | Debbie, Angie, Harry, Nan, and Cassidy enjoy a laugh before we start the drive from Riviere du Loupe to Halifax.
6: When we arrived in Truro, Chris invited us in for a cup of coffee, and it seemed like a good opportunity to celebrate Nan's birthday, so we did. | Nan opening one of her presents, Cassidy, and Gail. | Nan with the birthday card that Cassidy had made for her. | When we got to Truro, Chris met us in the parking lot of his apartment building.
7: Harry and Nan. | Chris | Angie
8: Chris insisted that Gail sit on his knee. | Harry, Gail, and Nan with the framed photo we gave her. | The Hillman kids: Chris, Nancy and Gail.
9: We all went out for supper at the Patio Lantern restaurant, next door to where Chris used to live.
10: Debbie's meal...they don't skimp on the portions they serve!
11: The waitress brought Nan a special desert with birthday candles in it. She shared her good fortune with Harry.
12: Harry, Nan, Gail, and Cassidy in front of the Travelodge Motel in Dartmouth.
13: Crossing the McKay bridge while Nan screams... | Top: Gail and I in front of the motel. Bottom: The McKay bridge across Halifax harbour as seen from the motel.
14: The gang at Peggy's Cove. | Gail at Peggy's Cove. | Cassidy and Angie.
15: On our first full day in Nova Scotia, Gail's Dad had a medical appointment, so we couldn't visit. Instead, we took the opportunity to visit Peggy's Cove, Mahone Bay, and Lunenburg.
16: As usual, we took scads of photos at Peggy's Cove. The weather was perfect for photography.
17: In the gift shop at Peggy's Cove.
18: Enroute from Peggy's Cove to Lunenburg, we passed through Mahone Bay and spotted this huge display of pumpkins.
19: Gail at Lunenburg with a boat similar to the Bluenose.
20: There were several tall ships in the harbour.
21: The famous church scene looking across Mahone Bay.
22: The EconoLodge served a great breakfast. Apart from the usual cereal and bagels, they also had scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, waffles, and pancakes.
23: The lobby at our motel was very pleasant, with free coffee, a small library of books, and the best continental breakfast we've had in a very long time.
24: These family photos were taken shortly after we had arrived for our first visit with Gail's parents.
25: We were very pleased to see that Gord looked much better than had been reported. | The weather could not have been better ... it was sunny and warm right up till it was time to go home.l
29: I love the leaves, I do not know why. Is it their colors or how they fly? They crunch and crinkle Under my feet; I pile them up And take a leap! | Shelly came over to see us as well, bringing along the newest branch of the Hillman family tree ... three week old Ethan.
30: We had a picnic lunch on the patio, and Todd and Harry found plenty to talk about. Later, Shirley let Angie and Cassidy choose a plant to take home.
31: After the kids had gone off on a whale watching trip, Gail and I helped prepare the yard for winter by raking leaves and emptying the flower boxes. Gord used his 4-track to tidy up the yard.
32: It was a foggy, wet, and windy morning when we left for home. Although the skies had cleared by the time we reached the NS-NB border, it was still extremely windy.
33: On the second day of our trip home, we got to Belleville just in time for the memorial service for Aunt Vi. It was nice to be able to renew some family acquaintances, and to make some new ones.
34: After we had been to the memorial service, we picked Nan and Harry up at the Mall and went to visit Dad and Marianne at Tim Horton's. We gave him a card for his 92nd birthday, and a 'non-present' ... a copy of the collage we did for Bev's birthday.
35: After we had dropped Nan and Harry off in Fergus, we pressed on to Grand Bend. Along the way, we were treated to this sunset. It was a fitting end to a good trip.