August 31, 2011

Arm of Gold

Just got back from a spectacular week on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and the Cabot Trail, courtesy of the extraordinarity generosity of friends who summer at their ancestral home in Middle Cape on the southern arm of Bras d'Or Lake (literally, "Arm of Gold").

To say that Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail are spectacular is an understatement- but the island's beauty is only eclipsed by the friendliness that we experienced from everyday Cape Bretons and "family". These people know how to live simply - and beautifully. One of the highlights was spending an evening on the front porch of an ancestral home watching the sun go down over
Bras d'Or Lake in tiny Irish Cove (pop. 12).

I'm already planning on going back - and next time hope to press on even farther to see Harbor Grace and Placentia Bay in Newfoundland where my father's folks come from. About the only regret that I have from the trip is not stopping at the renowned RCI Canada broadcast and transmission facility in Sackville, New Brunswick, just before the Nova Scotia border. Well, there's always next time.