Saturday, July 13, 2013
We took the ferry at 5 pm. The first ferry was much better than the second! This time, the air conditioning was broken - it felt like it was 100 degrees in our room. All this extreme heat gave me a headache from hell. At 12:30 I couldn't take it anymore so I went to see the nurse. He took my blood pressure gave me some Advil and Tylenol and I was back in my room. I went and sat in one of the lounges where it was a little cooler. Not a fun ride... but on the bright side, it took 2 hours less than expected!
This 2 hours extra sent us on our way to go around the world famous Cabot Trail - a 200 km scenic drive around Cape Breton. I've been told this scenic route is quite scary as you drive right on the edge of cliffs. Well, if that's what you expect, like me, you will be disappointed! Those who found this scary better never do the drive between Jasper and Whistler! They will dirty their pants for sure!
It's a pretty drive that's for sure. From time to time you see the ocean, you drive "close" to the edge where the view is spectacular. There are quaint little stores and tons of restaurants to choose from. The best part was the 2 hour hike we did. It was called Skyline. When you get to the end, you end up at the edge of a cliff. When you look out you can't tell where the sky starts and where the ocean ends - it's very neat! You also see the "terrifying" hill you have to drive down... just like in magazines.
At the bottom of this mountain is a beach - not that you would swim there... it's all rocks. Very pretty. We stopped for a couple pictures. We continued our drive to Cheticamp - a very cute acadian village. We had yummy ice cream - which we really deserved after hiking for 2 hours! We did get a glimpse of a moose - or a moofalo as we like to call them - the signs to tell you to be careful of the moose looks like a cross between a moose and a buffalo hence the new name!
This 200 km drive ended up taking 8 hours! The fastest you ever drive is 60 km/hour! It was a nice way to conclude our trip. We arrived in Moncton at 12:00 am... to see that every single room was already rented! We lucked out and got the last room in town because the young lady at the counter had made an error in someone else's room! Thank God for mistakes!