Failte (Welcome)! It was a busy day for the #PatioGirlz. We drove the Cabot Trail counter clockwise starting at our Englishtown Airbnb. Shortly after hitting the road, we had our first sighting of a bald eagle. Watching through the sunroof, this majestic bird flew directly overhead for a few minutes before heading over the water.What a thrill!
A couple of our stops included beachcombing to look for small pieces of driftwood and unique pebbles. During one beachcombing stop, we met a golden retriever named Jada and her human.
The Trail provides some spectacular vistas, making the frequent road construction stops and steep inclines and “S” turns well worth it.
Other wildlife seen along our way included a herd of seals and the elusive Nova Scotia black “wolf”. It may have actually been a Black Lab on the side of the road, but we couldn’t be sure! We had several false sightings of eagles throughout the day that went something like this: “There’s an eagle!” ” No, it’s a hawk!” “Oh, it’s a crow!”
We had a brief encounter with Joe at a lookout on the way into the Keltic Lodge. He pulled in on his way to the golf course and offered to take our picture, stating he does this all the time. Even Kathy did not envy him his golf date, since the wind was a nor’easter and quite cold.
Our lunch stop was at The Rusty Anchor in Pleasant Bay. According to the National Geographic Traveller magazine, We ate the ” best lobster rolls on the Cabot Trail” and I think I can agree. Kathy had her first feed of mussels and shared them gladly with the others.
In Cheticamp we stopped at Lola’s where everyone is “Proud to be Hookers”. Rug hookers that is. Beautiful handiwork by local ladies and unfortunately a declining art form in the area.
BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!! The ceilidh in Baddeck was sold out tonight. We came home to the Airbnb for an at home meal and a few drinks, which lead to even more laughs!