Fredericton to Halifax and Peggy’s Cove, via Joggins

June 4, 2014 08:24 – 08:24

I’m at the Comfort Hotel Bayer’s Lake in Halifax. The internet speed here is pretty good for download, and fairly feeble for upload—yet better than the Fredericton, NB Comfort’s on both scores. Here’s the speed test:

Yesterday, I managed to get myself up & out early so I could hit the Joggins Fossil Cliffs during low tide. I got there at 11:30, and did the 30 minute tour at noon. The main attraction dates from about 300 million to 315 million years ago. The fossils in the cliff are mostly from trees and giant insects. Marine fossils can be found embedded in rock along the beach.

Here’s a blurb from their website:

300 million years ago, that section of Nova Scotia would’ve resembled parts of the Amazon. Here are some fossilized tree parts.

After leaving Joggins, I headed for Halifax, where I am now. For dinner, I decided to head down towards Peggy’s Cove, knowing that I’d find seafood along the way. Here’s the route I took:

There are some spectacular views of inland lakes and rivers along the way, although the best views don’t coincide with safe places to pull over and take pictures. Here are some views at East Dover

The leaves aren’t fully out yet—it looks like they didn’t even come out until mid-May. I don’t know if this is typical, however, since I’m usually up here in August or September, rather than in early June.

Here’s my obligatory lighthouse picture from Peggy’s Cove.

And, here’s the obligatory rocky inlet picture.

Along the way to Peggy’s Cove, I kept seeing signs for Shaw’s Landing, so I decided to land there on my way back to Halifax. I had a bowl of their lobster chowder and the fish & ships. The fish & chips were stellar—perfectly cooked fresh haddock. The chowder was passable, but too Cajun for my tastes. Lobster doesn’t need help, and their chowder was overwhelmed by some kind of spicing that added bite and flavor—so much, that it was impossible to tell that it was lobster. For $12/bowl, I expected better. Also… okra. Who the hell fucks up chowder with okra? Lobster does not need okra.

Still, it was a basically successful dinner. After dinner, I toddled back to the hotel, where I posted pictures to Facebook, but completely forgot about the blog until this morning.

I’d had muffins for breakfast the past few mornings, so I decided to see what this hotel had to offer. They had eggs, potatoes, ham, and some other stuff—I just had ham and eggs. I do not understand why someone would want potatoes for breakfast. But, that’s just me. The ham was actually quite good, while the eggs were passable. They weren’t microwaved, but, they weren’t cooked to perfection either. They were way too granular, making eating them with a fork harder than it should’ve been.

Today, despite the 60% chance of drizzle this morning and showers this afternoon (coming in off the Atlantic Ocean), and copious fog, I’m planning to head down to Kejimkujik National Park.

There’s an interior portion and a coastal portion—the latter doesn’t seem to be marked on MapPoint. I’ll probably go to the coastal portion, since it looks more hike-able.

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