More Tidal Bore
18.09.2013 - 18.09.2013 67 °F
I neglected to mention one important aspect from yesterday's ride back. Walter pulled over to the side of the highway at a very special geographic location and we all took pictures of us in front of the sign proclaiming Shubenacadie to be the halfway point between the Arctic Circle and the Equator. According to Walter, the original sign reversed the two spots. A couple we met at the tidal bore informed us that this fact had been seriously researched to verify the authenticity of this claim. Wow! And we stood right on that spot--another Columbus moment!
The reason we did not go to the waterfront in Halifax is because four cruise ships had docked there on one day. We did not want to contend with that mass of humanity!
Today, we awoke to brilliant sunshine, and a bit warmer. We headed off to South Maitland where we witnessed another tidal bore push up the Shubenacadie River. We stood atop a massive bridge to watch the bore arrive. This is a place where people come to white water raft the bore, and sure enough, one raft materialized. An amazing volume of water was rolling down the river. And once again, in less than 15 minutes, all of the mudflats that had been exposed were completely covered. And then, we saw a true whirlpool (not the appliance manufacturer) that had formed. And this was a much wider area than where we had been before. We have decided that tidal bores are one of the most awesome natural phenomena we have ever seen! Then, we raced back to the Inn to watch the tidal bore appear there.
We then collected ourselves and returned to the First Nation museum and sat through a fascinating movie. Looked at some petroglyphs in rock and some beautiful art work. They do a lot of quilling with porcupine quills.
Then we took off down Route 2 to Masstown--some teenager whited out the M (teens never change the world over). We came upon a place that had started out as a small ice cream and produce store. Now, it was a huge complex: a fresh seafood store in a lighthouse; a deli; an ice cream wing; a gift shop; a market; and a cafeteria. We had the best meal of the entire trip-- a seafood pie baked in seafood chowder--to die for!
That was the day. Definitely winding down. Tonight, we met the Nova Scotia angel who put this entire trip together for us, Diane. Had a great chat. So, tomorrow we head to Digby, with perhaps a stop in Burncoat, which we did not get to today.
One other thing I forgot to mention about the ride yesterday. Walter pointed out a huge gypsum mine we passed, where some years ago they discovered a mastodon skeleton. This was a shock for the pale otological community because mastodons were not supposed to be here. The skeleton was carted off to a museum and they built a mastodon statue to represent it.