Thursday, September 1, 2016

Our last day in Hilden, Nova Scotia

Thursday, August 25: It started out a bit chilly in the morning so we waited until it warmed up before we left on the motorcycles to do the Marine Drive - another scenic loop from Dartmouth to Sheet Harbor. Another beautiful coastal ride! The day was great and it is so nice to ride without traffic. At most times, we were alone on the route. We found a beautiful beach where there were a few wind surfers. Right up the hill from the beach was an old house that had a sign "homemade food". We discovered that there really aren't a lot of restaurants along these routes so we pulled into MacDonald's House Tearoom and Crafts. It was an old three story building that had a surf shop in the bottom, a small tearoom, a gift shop and part of it was a nursery school-quite the combination! We had one of 4 tables with a view of the beach. I had a delicious seafood chowder with a tea biscuit and Rich had a creamy onion chowder. Friday, August 26: We left Scotia Pines Campground and headed up to Baddeck Cabot Trail Campground on Cape Breton Island. On the way, we found a super Walmart and stopped to get groceries. Boy are the grocery prices high up here! It really was an eye opener even with the great exchange rate. The site we got was one of the last ones and unfortunately it was on the side of a hill. Rich had to lift the entire camper off the tires to get it level. We met our neighbors (Mike and Carol) who were very nice - they even had us a over for a campfire. Tim and Caitlynn arrived around 7:30 PM after driving all day from LL Bean.

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