Wednesday, May 12, 2010

To the Valley We Go........

On the road by 10 A.M. today. All we knew was that we wanted to head towards the Valley (Annapolis Valley, that is). This is where Ron grew up and it has lots of good memories for us. So it's always a treat to return to the Valley.

The sun was shining as we left the Eastern Shore and headed inland for 100 km. We listened to CBC radio all the way. Sometimes they have interesting programming.

Of course it was almost lunchtime when we were approaching the Acadian village of Grand-Pre . Ron remembered that a great little Cafe we love had just re-opened for the season. Yeah! Everything in this place is made from 'scratch' and it has had a good reputation for over 40 years. Can't go wrong in this place.

It's about the only place in  which we are the youngest the waiting staff. So, it's nice to have that feeling back every now and again.  

So after we 'downed' our soup (chicken noodle and mushroom), chef's salad and burger, plus rhubarb crisp, and oh yeah, Ron had his fav chocolate milk shake, we hopped in the car and headed towards the Minas Basin Shore which is part of the larger Bay of Fundy (home of the world's highest tides....really).

Before we turned on to the highway, I noticed an apple orchard that had an incredible carpet of dandelions............everywhere! We had to get out and explore this. So we did.

The scenery is beautiful getting to the shore. And, luckily the tide was on it's way there would be more beach available to walk and give Sophie a run.

As soon as we parked the car at Blomidon Provincial Park and went to the beach, we were met by none other than a Labradoodle. It was smaller than Sophie and we learned from it's owner that it's name was Danny and was only five months old. Danny was more excited to see  Sophie than vice-versa. But they did have a good run and Sophie tolerated the antics of this 'child'.

As can be seen in these pics, the cliffs are eroding along this shore at an incredible pace. Ron's family had stayed at a cottage nearby (when he was a child). The road to that cottage is no longer there. It's almost impossible to stop this eroding process....about all one can do is slow it down a bit.

It was starting to get a lot cooler as the sun had disappeared behind some pretty thick looking clouds. We decided to head back to the car and start for home.

This was a busy day and a good one at that. Gotta love those 'unplanned' little trips.

Here's one more pic of those glorious dandelions.

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