Drivin' in the Rain

Sunday, June 06, 2010 Road Junkies 2 Comments

Day 37:  Halifax, NS to Sydney, NS
Time to leave Halifax this morning and we wanted to catch a few photo ops.  Of course, it was foggy when we went up to the Citadel, an 1856 fort overlooking the harbor, or rather the harbour.  We were able to catch a shot of the Halifax Town Clock. 
The tower was built in 1803 for the British army and navy garrison on the orders of Prince Edward, commander of British military forces in North America, as part of his efforts to rectify the tardiness of the local troops.  As a Halifax icon, the Town Clock has been featured in many works of art and literary works set in the city.

In an unprecedented meteorological phenomenon, the fog followed us across Nova Scotia today.  We drove up the scenic (if potholed) drive alongside Bras d'Or Lake on our way to Sydney.  Between the rain and the fog, we had to overlook the scenic overlooks (that's look-offs in Canadian).  As we passed through Ben Eoin on the lakeshore, conditions cleared enough for us to see the throngs who had come to stay at the Ben Eoin Beach RV Resort and Campground.
Located on a peninsula in the lake, the campground appears to be a very popular spot.  We thought of checking in ourselves but couldn't find the cord to plug our van up to the power outlet.  There was also our objection to the campground's mandatory $58.00 "tipping fee."  So we motored on to Sydney.

Along the way, we paid a visit to a local McCanuckDonald's.  We were stunned to see an advertisement for the McLobster! McDonald's restaurants in Georgia certainly don't sell such haute cuisine.  The Big Mac is about as close to fine dining as Mickey D gets in the Peach State.  To McDonald's credit, they actually are quite adept at tailoring their menu for the local culture and have done so in many places around the world.  The McLobster is sold seasonally in eastern Canada and parts of New England.  It's basically McDonald's version of a local favorite, the lobster roll.  Maybe McGrits are coming to Georgia!

In our travels in three provinces, we have seen significant evidence of Canada's Zero Waste movement.  Throughout New Brunswick, PEI, and Nova Scotia, the usual garbage cans have been replaced by waste-sorting receptacles, such as this one in McDonald's.
They've gone beyond just recycling in an effort to eliminate waste and the landfills it requires. No, it isn't a perfect solution. And yes, we have seen items placed in the wrong containers, but we certainly applaud the effort and would love to see a similar campaign in the U.S.

Daily Stats
Miles driven: 277
Letterboxes:  1
Dogs at Point Pleasant Park:  93
Windshield wiper slaps:  8,629
High temp:  61° F
RVs:  134