The Towns of Cape Breton Island

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The focus of our Cape Bretton trip was the Cabot Trail, the National Park and its trails. Towns, however, do make convenient evening and restaurant stops and sometimes have other attractions that can’t be found in nature. We stopped at three of the island’s primary towns. Cheticamp Cheticamp, a town at the Western entry to [Read more …]

The Natural Splendor of Cape Bretton Island

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As mentioned in our previous post, Cape Breton is the island at the northern tip of Nova Scotia. The island, and especially the portion of the Cabot Trail that encircles the highlands near the northern tip of the island (primarily the section of the trail that is in Cape Breton National Park) was our primary [Read more …]

Experiencing Bay of Fundy Tides

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The northwestern edge of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, along the Mina Basin, has a unique feature that makes it a particularly interesting destination–the largest tidal variations in the world. Although these variations differ depending on the alignment of the sun and the moon, they average 12 meters and can exceed 16 meters (over 50 feet) [Read more …]

Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley and the Mina's Basin

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Our next stop in Nova Scotia was the Annapolis Valley, a 150 km-long valley that runs along the Mina’s Basin, an estuary that is separated from the body of the Bay of Fundy by the mountainous Cape Blomidon. The region is notable for a number of reasons, including; It’s geology and microclimate, which makes it [Read more …]

Nova Scotia: At Last, At Last

We have wanted to get to this scenic Nova Scotia peninsula for decades. But despite having lived more than 20 years in Boston, it wasn’t until we moved to San Francisco that we finally got around to taking this trip. This introductory trip effectively took us three-quarters of the way around the peninsula (excluding only [Read more …]

A Day in Shenandoah National Park

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  We have driven the park’s Skyline Drive a few times. And now that we have discovered Staunton (see our July 13 post), we will certainly do so again–probably the next time we visit the historic city of Charlottesville. This 115 mile Skyline Drive is lined with pastoral scenes and overlooks that [Read more …]

Revisiting the Southeastern U.S.

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It had been a number of years since we were in the southeast (excluding Washington, D.C., which we visit every couple years. A return trip was long overdue. This trip covered parts of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia and, of course, D.C. It was bookmarked by two of our favorite cities: Charleston, South Carolina, [Read more …]

Two Great Days in Lake Tahoe

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Our Carson Pass timeshare was “only” about a forty-five-hour drive to South Lake Tahoe. We spent two of our six days (including two days driving from and two San Francisco) at the lake. The first day was to reacquaint ourselves with an area with a leisurely drive around the lake, taking in the [Read more …]

Hiking and Eating at Carson Pass, CA

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We had a timeshare week that was expiring and had little time to travel so we decided to make a less than optimal timeshare choice (Kirkwood CA) and found ourselves spending a late spring (beginning of June) week atop Carson Pass, in the high Sierras in California. The Pass is primarily a ski resort. To [Read more …]

Making the Best of a Week in Carson Pass, CA

It was as trip we didn’t really want. A use it or lose it timeshare situation that resulted in a week in a very basic ski resort in a very remote location in the Sierras. How remote is it? It is an hour drive for anything other than skiing, hiking or fishing. Heck, [Read more …]