Day 10: A Long Ferry Ride

Trip Start Aug 02, 2009
Trip End Sep 06, 2009

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Day 10. Wednesday, August 12

I set my alarm for 4:30 a.m. to go out and watch for the Tidal Bore to come in around 4:50.  I put on my warm, fuzzy robe and crossed the dead-end road outside our cabin to the grassy area overlooking the area where the Salmon River flows into a tributary of the Bay of Fundy.  Six or 8 people were gathered on the lawn in the dark to watch for this phenomenon when, at high tide, the Atlantic Ocean rushes into rivers and tributaries coming downstream forcing them to flow backward and creating unusual wave actions of varying sizes.  As we stood chatting, someone shouted, "Here it comes!"  Like a sure and steady wave, it came rapidly toward us and proceeded on up the Salmon River.  In less than a minute, it had come and gone and we all went back to bed.  Tom slept through it all and was very content to accept my description of the incident.  Somehow it seemed more exciting to watch than to retell.  We slept until after 8:30, had a leisurely “Canadian Breakfast” at the Palliser Restaurant.  We did forego the baked beans, however, as we couldn't conceive of such a heavy meal in the morning.  It’s the same as a southern breakfast, only with baked beans instead of grits.  Our digestive systems much prefer grits.  I spent the rest of the morning getting our trip blog started.

We left Truro about noon driving to Sydney for our ferry’s departure for Newfoundland at 9 pm.  We stopped for nice lunch in a little town on the north coast of Nova Scotia called, Antigonish, and then proceeded on to Sydney.  We had a light dinner of crab salad at a mostly deserted hotel overlooking the water.  It is a 14 hour trip on ferry from Sydney, NS to Argentia, NFLD.  We embarked the ferry about 8 pm and departed about 9 pm.  We are now past the age of enjoying all-nighters, so we had reserved a cabin: nothing fancy—two bunk beds and one chair.  It was  comfortable and quiet and we slept like babies with the ship’s gentle rocking motion.  It was a very smooth ride across the Atlantic
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