I am still hanging out in Nova Scotia, a little baffled by the SPAM and toilet gnomes. Yesterday I rented a car [for me it feels more like a car beast although I like being up high and it is a 2013…I have not driven such a new car, ever!]. I decided to go back to Lunenburg for a short stay and then I went to one of my other favorite places, the Ovens Natural Park, a privately owned campground with sea caves and a trail along the beautiful shale cliffs of the south shore of Nova Scotia.
[The UNESCO] designation ensures protection for much of Lunenburg’s unique architecture and civic design, being the best example of planned British colonial settlement in North America (source: Wikipedia).
I wanted to go on the Bluenose II. I was here with C in 2010 and they had just taken her out of the water to continue with the restoration. It said on the highway sign I saw on my way here that she was in port. And yes, she is. I am disappointed even though I saw her crew coming back from lunch, so something is about to happen, just not likely while I am here.
The website indicated that she would be sailing by this year:
After sea trials and testing, Bluenose II will be officially returned to the province of Nova Scotia. By 2013, the vessel will resume a full schedule of sailing.
This morning was foggy and cold but I took a short drive to Blue Rocks…quintessential Nova Scotia fishing village.
The Ovens Natural Park
I have vague memories of Ovens Natural Park from when I was young and it still has some kind of magical hold over me. I only have to see its cliff face for it to feel like I came home and I am comforted to hear the ocean and smell the pine trees; I could listen to its voice all day. No matter how many years between visits, I will always love Ovens. I know I we will see each other again, but it is a bittersweet visit today as I don’t know when I shall return.