Today was the first day with our camper van! The company picked us up at noon so we had some time in the morning to do some more apartment hunting for Nathan. Besides, it was POURING rain.
The company where we rented the camper van was full of really friendly people and a big German shepherd. They taught us about the van and then we were on our way.
First stop – Atlantic Superstore!
We loaded up on food and gas before heading through Halifax out onto the open road. Originally, we had planned to head to Cape Breton but the forecast was for snow, rain, and wind so we decided to do something different.
My first test in driving the van involved crossing the toll bridge to downtown while silmutaneously crossing 3 lanes of traffic. Once I survived that, I felt ready for anything.
We drove along the coast to Peggy’s Cove following the directions of the GPS until we got to this:
The sign said, "Roadbed and structures may be unsafe. Use at your own risk". Thanks, Daniel Garmin (that's what my family calls the GPS).
We made a stop at the memorial site for the Swissair 111 crash. They designed the memorial to match the ecology of the coast.
Peggy's Cove was such a beautiful place AND there were no tourists yet so we got to experience it a little more authentically. However, there were HUGE parking lots everywhere. We found a beautiful spot to stop for a picnic.
Then we walked around the little village.
It was so picturesque and quaint.
There were intimidating signs all over about being careful on the rocks around the lighthouse.
And of course, the beautiful lighthouse.
After Peggy’s Cove we headed onwards down the coast and stopped in beautiful places to take pictures.
Eventually we made it to Mahone Bay. It was a cute little village with beautiful old houses. Again, you could see the huge influence of tourism, but luckily there were no tourists but us.
Next stop was Lunenburg. It was a little bit disappointing to be honest. We pulled into the Tim Hortons parking lot to try and figure out why Lunenburg was such an attraction. Either we missed the main areas to see, everything was covered in fog, or we just went the wrong way. We decided to just keep on traveling and noted that maybe we would head back someday to see what we might have missed.
We stopped in Bridgewater to grab some DVDs (our van has a flat screen tv and a dvd player!), a sweater for Nathan and shoes for me. Bridgewater is supposed to just be a commercial centre, but we found it much more interesting than Lunenburg.
Our stop for the night is Kejimkujik National Park in the centre of Nova Scotia. The countryside was a bit different than the coast and very interesting. The campground is absolutely deserted and since it’s out of season we didn’t have to pay park fees. The area is beautiful, although a lot like camping in Alberta (this is a good thing!) except for cute little signs telling you not to run over the endangered turtles.
For supper, we had fresh fish, quinoa, and delicious salad with sparkling water and wine to drink (Habitant Blanc from Jost, a Nova Scotian wine).
Now we are sitting in our luxurious van, sprawled out on the couch, drinking wine, eating cookie ice cream sandwiches, and watching movies on the flat screen with surround sound. We have pretty much decided that the van is nicer than our house and would like to live in it forever.