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

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