Today will be bitter-sweet. We leave Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and a fabulous visit with Joan and her family. Here is a good morning view from McIntyre Cottages, as we are checking out.
On today’s plan is Break-fast / Banking / and Bell in Baddeck … The first stop was at a great brunch place called “Three Doors Down.” Very nice spot considering we had no food provisions in our cottages.
After breakfast I had some banking to attend to … it is not wise to travel half-way across the country and not notify your bank that you’ll be accessing bank machines and moving money about with your online banking apps. Took awhile to prove who I was and what I had been attempting to do.
The rest of the group checked out the Royal Alexander Graham Bell Museum and historic site. Thankfully lots of pictures were taken in the museum, as I was tied up in the bank for quite-some-time! All is well. We left Baddeck, and Cape Breton Island now heading toward the PEI ferry.
One stop along the way … Pictou, Nova Scotia is home of the Hector. [On September 15, 1773, approximately two hundred Highland Scots arrived aboard the ship Hector. This began a wave of Scottish immigration to Nova Scotia.]
We were able to quickly get inside the information center. A replica of the ship was docked just along side. I slipped away for a minute or two, locating a geocache just across the street.
Once again we all settled in the KIA for the short drive to the Pictou ferry to Wood Islands, PEI. It was later in the day that we hoped as we boarded the ferry. Unfortunately, dusk was falling quickly as we drove past Charlottetown toward Cavendish. We had to travel (in the dark) to our destination — Cavendish Lodge where another set of rooms were awaiting. [Sadly we never did get back to visit Charlottetown.]
Good news and bad news: we arrived safe, checked in, got our breakfast vouchers for the onsite restaurant, but didn’t take our luggage to our respective rooms. Cavendish is small, and by the time we arrived, all the local restaurants and eating establishments were closed. We opted to drive to a Subway location about 35 minutes away. Successfully arriving before closing, we had a good fill and drove another 35 minutes back to Cavendish.
Literally lugging our bags to our rooms, we said our “goodnights” to each other in the hallway and went into our respective rooms. [Not the best of times for Caryl and myself.]
Someone had left the window in the bathroom of our room open during the day … there was no screen on the window, and as such, the room was filled with “household black flies” of all different sizes. With few options, one of which was to spend the night sleeping in the Sedona, we “swatted the flies” then placing them in a clear plastic bag. No word of a lie — there were over thirty black corpses now resting in the garbage. [The room was now ready for us to rest, however, we did not unpack a thing!] As the office was now closed … and being exhausted, we vowed to deal with this in the morning. Turning out the light … we decided to not get under-the-covers and just lied-on-top-of-the-bed.