Thursday, August 13, 2009
Cabot Trail,Nova Scotia- August 12
We are actually on Cape Breton Island,the northern most part of Nova Scotia. A large part of that island is Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The Cabot Trail runs through most of that park. We had just started on our drive when we stopped at the park office. A ranger pointed out several walking trails and described them as level and easy walks. We only did a couple as the first one was fairly strenuous for us! It was very much an uphill climb out on a peninsula called Middle Head. At the top we had a panoramic view of the Atlantic ocean and the cliffs surrounding us. One rock out on the ocean had a lot of cormorants and two puffins. It was worth the walk! A good part of our day was spent just driving through forested areas. We started wondering where the great scenery was which everyone had told us about. However,once we got to the eastern part of the island,we started seeing steep cliffs and deep river canyons. We discovered that the Cabot Trail was every bit as beautiful as we been told. And just before we left the park we saw a mother bear with her two cubs shuffling along the side of the road. Actually the cubs were more into playing with each other,not foraging for food which their mom seemed to be doing! The sight of those bears made our day complete. More on the Cabot Trail in my next posting.