September 8, 2017

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.

REW

September 7, 2017

Well today we wake in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

The sun is rising as we look east while sitting on the porch from our [McIntyres] cottage.  Except for our freshly brewed Tim Horton coffee, my wife and I are starving as we await our sister-cottage-travel-eases to join us.  [Normally we would have supplied our respective cottages with enough breakfast goodies — however, this was not the case.  Rounding up the troops — we’re off to Baddeck, NS for a “paid” breakfast.]

We are to meet with Joan and Dione at the base, our starting point today, of the Cabot Trail around 11:00 a.m.; giving use ample time to fuel the ourselves and the KIA.  [Worst breakfast I’ve ever eaten away from home, I’m sure.  Twenty-seven-dollars of pure crap…]  My own fault for not doing something about it then … than complaining about it now!  Oh well … we have about a 45-minute drive to our rendezvous.  Lots of room for Joan and Dione to switch to one vehicle, the Sedona.  Next stop, the Trail Gift Shop and time for me to go in search of a geo-cache or two.  [No such luck … non close bye anyway/anyhow … however … up yonder there might be something!]

At Tim Hortons yesterday, Kierra mentioned a hidden Gypsum Lake that was an old quarry at one time.  Anyone up for a hike?  Here’s Dione checking it out for us.  Joan and Olly opted to stay back with the KIA while the rest-of-us climbed up to the lake.  See why Kierra would share this secret with us … it was fab!  Yes we got our geocache!

Back down the path to rejoin Joan and Olly, we piled once again into the Sedona.  Only a short distance now along the Cabot Trail to The Doryman Pub & Grill, Cheticamp, NS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good fun!  Good food!  Good beer!  Good talk!  Good day!  Still more to see!  Off we go once again, but first a short pee-pee break!  We will be going further east to Pleasant Bay, NS before stopping.  From this point we’ll be coming back down, returning Joan and Dione to their vehicle.  It has been absolutely fabulous.  [I know we have just eaten, but we have a long drive ahead of us today and tomorrow, as we’ll be leaving Cape Breton and our “cottages” to travel via ferry to P.E.I.]

Oh, I almost forgot to tell-you-all … When we got back to Baddeck, we went out for dinner at the Baddeck Lobster Supper, where Alan and I shared a lobster, Caryl and Olly shared a steak, and we all tried a bucket of mussels together.  Esme had her own lobster to eat, but Alan was not sure with a whole lobster, so agreed to split mine.  The meal was a lot of fun as we tried new taste sensations together!

REW

September 6, 2017

Meeting family for the first time can be interesting.  “Will they like me?  Will we get along … how well will we get along?”

Planning a two-week road trip can be a bit daunting.  Implementing those plans when they intersect with real people’s lives … family people … that go to their day jobs, but now you want to meet, and they want to meet with you!  Add in a course correction or two, take in the sites, and to still arrive on time.  Where?  When?  We are meeting who?  Siblings and children of a cousin “neither-has-ever met before today” … now that’s exciting.  It’s even better when the smiles and hugs are genuine.  I don’t know who it was within our group who said it first, “But why wouldn’t we?  We come from good stock!”  I can’t argue with that: The WILLIAM’S family heritage logic…

Here are the specifics of the day as they unfolded … if I get it wrong, I’m sure I will be made to make it right!

We piled into the KIA soon after enjoying our continental breakfast, and checking out of the Chocolate Lake “Best Western.”  Yes, all our luggage was onboard, as we headed east toward Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  We had a timed stop and meet-up in Antigonish [Tim Hortons], NS with Liann and her daughter Kierra.

Liann is Dione’s sister, whom we met at the airport Saturday when we arrived, and again on Sunday, when we had lunch together.  [Monday we travelled to Liverpool, Tuesday we came back to Halifax, and today, you guessed it is Wednesday.]

We piled into the KIA for a second time, after saying our goodbyes and exchanging even more hugs.  We were informed while visiting in Antigonish that we should not eat anything more as [cousin] Joan and [her daughter] Dione were awaiting our arrival with a “big spread.”  Joan lives in a lovely home, “back in the woods.”

Not exactly, the best of explanations, but it will suit this driver’s tale.  The roads were great, the directions clear, but we still managed to miss the driveway … no problem … spoke to a few neighbors … and off we were again!  This time we didn’t miss the sign.  [Cousin Joan, pictured center below, said she had not see any “outside family” for forty-seven-years!]

Joan was wonderful.  Her hospitality shone throughout … Lady!  You had nothing to worry about.  We all loved you!  I’m sure we could have stayed much later than we did, but unfortunately, we needed to check-in with the proprietors’ of the McIntyre Cottages, located just up the road from Baddeck, NS.  We again unloaded our luggage from the vehicle, checked out our respective cottages, and retired for evening.  Tomorrow morning, after breakfast, we meet up with Joan and Dione to travel the Cabot Trail together in the spacious Sedona.  [Stay tuned into tomorrow when we share our spectacular road trip together.]

REW

September 5, 2017

I may get a bit of flak for saying this, but the best part of the vacation is coming up.  We woke for a complimentary hot breakfast at the Liverpool Best Western, packed our bags, and loaded them into the Sedona.  Today is a sunny day … a great day to explore around town.

Alan and myself went off in search of two specific geocaches.  We located and logged our finds before rejoining the “three sisters.”  Here are a couple of photos around Liverpool, NS.

After checking out the tourist information, local museums, and the area’s lighthouse, we gathered our thoughts, and a few mementos at the gift shop and coffee shop.  Realizing the drive back to Halifax for our 1:00 PM appoint-ment was not going to happen … and after thinking about cancelling … Esme called the Segway/Halifax tour master and rescheduled.  The new appointment allowed us ample time to drive to Halifax, park the KIA, and take-in the training.

Yes!  This for me was the BEST part on the whole trip.  As none-of-us had ever been on a Segway before this day; and because the training was provided as part of our uptown tour of Halifax package; any one, any two, or any number of individuals could say, “I can’t do this!” and it would cost them nothing at this point.  The owner/trainer of the Segway/Halifax business wanted every person to be completely comfortable, either Ah or Nah … with the decision to “ride the wheels.”  I AM SO PROUD TO SAY THAT EVERYONE COMPLETED THE INITIAL TRAINING AND AGREED TO GO-FOR-IT.  (Just as a side note: Neither my wife Caryl, or Alan’s wife Olly has ever driven a car.)

With one instructor leading the charge, and another bringing up the rear, we toured around the boardwalk, then headed-out to explore uptown Halifax.  We turned an lot of heads and created a bunch of curiosity as we sped up the sidewalk, zipped across crosswalks, and maneuvered around the streets.

REW

September 4, 2017

Today we embarked on our 1st of many road trips.  The plan is to travel from (Halifax) The Chocolate Lake “Best Western” hotel, down the coast to Peggy’s Cove.  Words cannot describe the beauty and magnifi-cence of this popular spot.  We got there early enough in the morning to beat many, (yes many) tour buses packed with guests.  We visited the lighthouse and climbed over the rocks; we were finished in the gift shop and had our “spot-of-tea” in the restaurant and were gone before the crowds got unbearable.

We now headed to Chester, NS for lunch.  I believe it was the Kiwi Cafe.  After lunch, we walked down to the water-front before climbing back in the KIA for our next stop, Lunenburg, NS.

The weather here in Nova Scotia has been very warm … warmer than I had expected.  As the picture (below) will reveal, Lunenburg is home to the Bluenose II.

Moving away from the winding south shore coastal highway, we heading inland a bit, traveling the 103 (major motorway) to Liverpool, NS.  We checked in around dusk, at the Liverpool Best Western, then out-for-dinner alongside the Mersey at Lane’s Privateer Inn (Dining Room & Lounge) for our evening meal.

It has been a great first day together … I believe we drove about 100 miles today … that’s 160 KMs.

A few more night-time pictures before returning to the hotel for a great-night’s sleep!

REW

September 3, 2017

Our first full day as we wake up for our FREE hot breakfast at the Best Western (Chocolate Lake Hotel) Halifax, NS.

We went down to the waterfront to look around as we awaited Dione and Cameron to arrive via the Dartmouth/Halifax ferry.

Later WE ALL enjoyed a fabulous lunch before Dione and Cameron returned home!

That evening we toured the Citadel, Towne Clock, and drove to Dartmouth by bridge to view Halifax by night.

We completed the night out at II Trullo Ristorante for an authentic Italian meal.

Got back to the hotel relatively late, knowing we were checking out to go to Liverpool, NS via Peggy’s Cove, Chester, and Lundenburg.  (but that’s for another day!)

REW

September 2, 2017

WOW — just flippin’ wow!  Caryl and I arrived excited to be meeting our “sisters and brother-in-law” coming all the way from London, England to gather for a Maritime Adventure to remember!

Sit back and enjoy it with us.

Today we picked-up the KIA (9-seat) Sedona for our approximate 1700 mile hop, (that’s 2750 KMs).

Everyone’s a bit jet-lagged but we managed a pic or two at the Halifax Airport arrivals gate… (from left to right, Dione is holding her grandson Cameron; Olly and Alan, Caryl and Esme.)  I’m taking the picture … as Dione surprised us all by visiting from Dartmouth, NS a day earlier than expected.  Dione is, one of two, of the sisters’  cousin Joan’s daughters.  It sounds confusing, and can be a bit…  This is the first time any-of-us has met Dione, and of course Cameron, before today!

Here’s the fab-five having dinner at Tomavino’s Restaurante down by the water.  It’s a bit dark, but it was out of my hands!

REW

September 1, 2017

Lao Tzu once said, “To see things in the seed, that is genius.

Well for me … to travel and see a new part of the World, even to explore a new Province in Canada, is my genius.  Pls allow me to share a few Kodak moments… (’bout to discover Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland).

Worked this morning, but by noon I was on my way home!  Packed my bags … and wicked off to the airport, (by Mike and Donna), with my wife by my side and ‘tickets in hand.’  Halifax, NS — here ‘we’ come!

Big thanks guys…

REW

August 14, 2017

The Purpose of Your Business [A Reminder]

Always keep the purpose of your business in mind.  Never forget why you’re doing this.  Surprisingly, many business owners forget this [or never accept it in the first place].  But here’s the secret:

At the end of the day, you’re in business to create financial freedom.

I hear business gurus espousing their flowery “feel good” advice about the purpose of starting a business, and I just roll my eyes.  Some will even say how they are only in business to “help people.”

So, do you focus on making money, or helping people?  It doesn’t have to be one or the other; it can be both.  You can make money through helping people.  As Zig Ziglar says; “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”

REW

August 13, 2017

People want leadership — they don’t want to follow someone who acts as though they doubt themselves or their own abilities.

The average person can learn only one skill at a time.  If you start trying to learn too many skills at once, you spread yourself too thin and won’t put enough focused effort into one area to get good at it.  In order to build an online business, there are a lot of moving parts — a lot of new skills to learn, like getting traffic, writing emails, and much more.

I’m convinced that the biggest cause of failure for new internet marketers is trying to do too many things at once.  In fact, that’s a chief cause of failure in all small businesses.  So stop trying to do it all, and focus on doing one thing at a time.

Crawl before you walk, and want before you run.  You may choose to never learn how to drive — but learning to drive is out there!

Final words: In the very beginning, focus on doing the things that will bring in the cash.  Cash has to be your number one priority.

REW