We are now in a campground at Murphy's Cove in Nova Scotia. This is an incredible campground right on the water. We are on a raised area that looks out over the ocean and a little fishing boat and dock. The campground is empty as tourists are gone and kids back in school.
We survived hurricane Earl which was down graded to a tropical storm where we were in Baddeck (central Cape Bretton). We did get a few blasts of wind up to 90 km an hour which shook the trailer a little but not too bad. A few trees were knocked down in the campground but no damage. The hardest part was the loss of power, telephone, and internet services. The government did a great job in having people get prepared so they had enough food, water, and medical supplies to last 72 hours. CBC radio also did an incredible job, they broadcasted from all over the Maritimes and you could follow what was happening as Earl moved along. They told you what areas were without power, were trees were down on roads and power lines and had an open line for callers to call in. One of the things we found out about hurricanes that we did not know was that there is a windy side and a rainy side. We were on the windy side and did not get a lot of rain. Those on the rainy side received huge amounts. The other thing we learned is hurricanes do not choose to follow predicted paths, they have minds of their own. The good thing about a hurricane is people get really close. Neighbors help neighbors and there is a real bonding that goes on. Interesting before the hurricane strikes it is incredibly calm with blue skies and it is very humid and hot. A lot of people feel their joints and back ache as the barometric pressure starts to drop. It drops very fast. The birds and animals are extremely busy it seemed and people are restless. Next the sky starts to turn grey but no wind yet. It gets darker and darker but feels like a rainy day in Boswell and then the wind starts. It comes in gusts with gusts getting larger and stronger with some rain. It keeps building up the closer you get to the center of it. We did not experience the center but people who did said it was calm in the center until the other side hit them. After the storm has passed it is beautiful and warm outside. We would like to give thanks to Sandra Alfoldy who lives in Halifax for the kind offer of coming and staying in their home with them in their basement till Earl passed
Cape Breton National Park should be on everyone's bucket list as well as Gros Morne in Newfoundland.
Over the next few weeks we will explore Nova Scotia. We have only eight more sleeps until our Daughter and her family come to join us. So looking forward to spoiling 2 of our perfect grandchildren.
Hope everyone is healthy and had a good summer, we look forward to seeing a lot of you when we return home in mid October.
Neil and Karen