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Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Very Special Day Visiting Sydney Nova Scotia

We had a great time spending the day in Sydney where Elaine grew up.  She had so many interesting & fun stories to share about her escapades here in this area.  She was a rascally rascal and if you know Elaine you would know that about her... she is so full of life and fun.  We really loved seeing her town and glad her & Rick were able to show us around.

First we went to Resurrection Cemetery to visit Elaine's dads grave site.  Elaine has a spiritual connection with her dad and she was definitely a daddy's girl.  Just listening to the stories she told us about him you could hear the love she has for him.  She surely does miss him ♥ It was  beautiful cemetery and what gorgeous views from there ~ a nice final resting place for sure

After that we took a ride to the little park where Elaine hung out as a kid ~ it was her place for solitude and peace.... We all had those favorite places to go when we were kids right?  Mine was in the middle of the woods by our house near a small little creek.

After visiting the park we rode around town with Elaine telling us stories of the area and her childhood adventures.  Then we went down to the waterfront where we found the World’s Largest Ceilidh Fiddle, built to celebrate Nova Scotia’s Celtic heritage and the many folk musicians & fiddlers coming out of the area.  This is where the cruise ships come in and there is a nice little museum on the life events of Sydney.  It covered everything from the Mi'kmaq Indians to the mining history to the Music which is so abundant on this beautiful Island. 
 We truly enjoyed our visit to Sydney and what great fun we had with great friends. 
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NOTE:  I am so far behind in posting our wonderful time in Cape Breton, Canada.  I hurt my knee and it was very hard for me to sit in a long time in one place.  We have since returned home back in Florida and I will be having surgery on October 1st to replace my right knee.  I will however continue posting the remaining time of our trip and will keep you updated as to my surgery & recovery.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

On Our Way to Truro to Meet Our Friends

Well we had the best time at Wayside RV Park (click for our review) in Glen Margaret, Nova Scotia and visiting Peggy's Cove and all the great little seaside villages around there.  We stayed for two weeks and enjoyed many coastal drives and explored everything we could... loved it here!

Peggy's Cove
But now it is time to move onto Truro, Nova Scotia to meet up with our dear friends Elaine & Rick.  Such wonderful people we know you would love them so go visit their blog E & R's Travels and say "HI" to them.  We are going to be staying at Scotia Pines Campground (click RV park name for our review) for the night before we head to Cape Breton with them to stay at Arm of Gold RV Park.  Elaine is from Sidney, Nova Scotia so they are going to show us around Cape Breton style.
Sites at Scotia Pines
We were up fairly early the next morning and pulled out for Cape Breton... The drive to Cape Breton was a scenic and wonderful drive ~ we passed rolling hills, fields of flowers, beautiful lakes & rivers and finally came to the bridge to cross over to Cape Breton ~ I was so excited....

Soon after crossing the bridge at Boulderie Island we were soon at our RV resort Arm of Gold (click RV park name for our review) in North Sidney.  What a great park it is and we ended up with prime sites...

Cape Breton is noted for its beauty and similarity to Scotland... It is filled with fantastic views and so many different colors of green it is amazing.  Every night you can find a ceilidh (pronounced "kay-lee") ~ a show featuring folk singing with fiddles, guitars and pianos) somewhere on the Island.  We look forward to our next 2 weeks here on the beautiful Island of Cape Breton.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Swiss Air Flight 111 ~ Tragedy at Sea

I had never heard of Swiss Air Flight 111 or at least I didn't remember it.  But while staying here we heard of 2 seperate memorials for this tragedy.  It wasn’t until I started to research that I fully realized the sadness of the whole story. I was saddened for all these lives – famous United Nations officials, diplomats, students, couples heading to vacations, the pilots’ families back home, daughters, fathers, lovers. Some of the families of the victims return every year to this place, while others have even bought property here to be even closer to their loved ones. While only 3 victims were actually from Canada (nearly half were Americans, then Swiss and French), the residents of Nova Scotia and Peggy’s Cove instantly mobilized to pitch in and have been here to welcome the victim’s families still to this day…
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History from the internet:
On September 2, 1998, the MD-11 flight, which was on its way from New York City to Geneva, Switzerland, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean right here killing all 229 crew and passengers on board. The flight crew had detected smoke coming into the cockpit and had requested a non-emergency landing in Boston. Air Traffic Control offered up Halifax airport, which was even closer. In the next several minutes, the crew proceeded to go through their ‘unknown smoke checklist’ (they had yet to ‘see’ any fire) and after heading toward Halifax Airport, they circled back to the Atlantic to dump fuel. From some reports of burned and melted parts, it appears that fire eventually affected the cockpit which caused the auto-pilot and other controls to shut down. Later reports showed that electrical arcing—a discharge of electricity from a damaged cable—from the wiring for the in-flight entertainment system, triggered the fire which spread rapidly in the plane’s insulation materials, while no one on board new of its severity. To investigators’ surprise, the aircraft’s thermal insulation blankets, which had passed an FAA test for fire safety, readily ignited in a test conducted during the largest transport investigation in Canadian history.

swissair.111.route .map  Nova Scotia: Peggy’s Cove & the Tragedy of Swiss Air Flight 111Just 10 minutes after the initial call, matters grew rapidly worse. It is said that the spreading fire led to the failure of key displays and systems making the crew unable to control the aircraft. Because it was pitch black out and he had no light to see the controls after the displays failed, the pilot was forced to steer the plane blindly.  Both pilots now radioed a true ‘emergency declaration’. The Swiss Air flight began descending rapidly and once more declared an emergency. Just seconds later controllers lost all communication with the plane. The first officer continued to try to fly the crippled plane possibly in immense heat. He shut down the second engine approximately one minute before impact, implying he was still alive and at the controls until the aircraft struck the ocean, just about 17 minutes after their initial urgent (but not emergency) call. The plane hit the ocean going a speed of about 350 mph, at a 20 degree nosedive, and at a bank turn angle of 110 degrees (think of 90 degrees as perpendicular to the ocean). The aircraft disintegrated into millions of pieces on impact, killing all on board instantly.  A search and rescue operation was launched immediately by the Canadian Coast Guard, the Canadian Forces Air Command, the Maritime Command and the Land Force Command. Dozens of nearby fishing boats and coast guard ships hurried to the crash site, about six miles off the coast of Peggy’s Cove. Because of the impact, only one single passenger was able to be identified visually, the rest were identified by fingerprints, dental records, and DNA and the operation quickly became one of search and recovery. Eventually 98% of the plane was recovered, including 150 miles of wire, and painstakingly sorted, labeled, pieced back together, and used to rebuild the front of the plane inside a hangar in Halifax. The meticulous investigation went on for four years at the cost of approximately $39 million dollars.

Swiss Air Flight 111 Memorial at Peggy's Cove

Memorial 650x442 Nova Scotia: Peggy’s Cove & the Tragedy of Swiss Air Flight 111
Swiss Air Flight 111 Memorial near Peggy's Cove
The cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder were found by a submarine using sonar. However, both had stopped recording when the aircraft lost electrical power at approximately 10,000 ft, 5 minutes before impact. The crash is generally believed to have been caused by faulty wiring, after the entertainment system in the plane started to overheat.
Airline safety expert David Evans said in an interview with PBS’s Nova, “the legacy of this case is enormous, because we have a continuing problem with in-flight smoke and fire. I like to say that if the cabin of a modern jetliner was a restaurant, it would not get an occupancy permit, because you’ve got people in a confined space with no fire detection or suppression, and they’re sitting on top of high-powered electrical circuitry and a big load of fuel. You have all this in very close proximity.”
Swiss Air Flight 111 Memorial at Baywater
I have to admit, as we stood at the shore on this beautiful sunny day in Nova Scotia it was sad that it held this tragedy.  So sad ~ it broke my heart.  The only fortunate bit of news in all of this was that the plane did crash into the sea and not on land in Nova Scotia perhaps killing even more. Also, the sea water was advantageous in instantly stopping the fire and leaving the debris exactly in the state it was just before impact. Such a sad story but is a BIG part of the South Shore in Nova Scotia.
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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Peggy's Cove ~ South Shore ~ Nova Scotia

According to legend, Peggy's Cove was named after the only survivor of a schooner that ran aground and sank in 1800... a woman named Margaret. Local folk called her "Peggy" and her home came to be known as Peggy's Cove. The original lighthouse was built in 1868 and is one of the most photographed lighthouse in the world. It was amazing to walk out over the rocks and visit.

This was definitely a place of interest for us and was on our bucket list.  Many of our friends had traveled here and we heard a lot of stories as to how charming the little village was and how magnificent the lighthouse was... Their stories were all true!

The lighthouse is definitely one of the major draws to this small community but there is so much more.  It is an actual working fishing village with a year round population of only about 60 permanent residents. 

There are many gift shops and museums in this quaint little village along with the William Edward deGarthe Museum, a famous artist who carved a village scene on a granite wall and did many paintings showing everyday life of Peggy's Cove.

Peggy's Cove is one of the top tourist areas on the South Shore of Nova Scotia and is really a great place to spend the day... Great views ~ Good restaurant ~ Fabulous lighthouse ~ and the deGarthe Museum..  I hope you enjoyed our visit there and you get to see it for yourselves one day.

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