Saturday, August 13, 2011

M/V Atlantic Vision

                   We arrived early for the trip back to Nova Scotia on the Marine Atlantic ferry.

                              This ship has four vehicle decks and can carry up to 531 cars.    
 We were one of the first vehicles to load, with  our friends, Pat and John, right behind us.

                 It began as a bright, clear day, with heavy fog quickly setting in.

                                                  We had nice entertainment, great food--

--and learned a lot from Jason, stationed with the Canadian Coast Guard.  His ship has been monitoring the international fishing fleet off the Newfoundland coast to be sure no international laws are broken.  We learned a lot about commercial fishing, life in the Arctic, ice breakers and polar bears.

 We left Argentia, Newfoundland at 3:30 Pm and arrived in North Sidney, Nova Scotia 14 hours later at 6:00 Am.  The one-half hour discrepancy is due to Newfoundland having its own time zone.

We were the first ones off another fun boat trip and headed for the Cape Breton Highlands and the Cabot Trail.

The Cabot Trail is said to be one of the most scenic drives in the world.  It has many beautiful coastal views-

                                                -- winding and hilly roads--

--and the interior reminds us of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

 Once again, we found a nice, quiet place to spend the night overlooking the harbor in the town of Bay St. Lawrence.

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