Monday, August 3, 2015

A Fun Trip to the South Shore!

Sunday afternoon we decided that an overnight trip was in order We got on the internet and planned our route. 
The plan was to go to Yarmouth and see the museums and lighthouse there. 
Reservations were made at a B&B in Argyle, which is nearly to Yarmouth. 
Our first stop was at the Seal Island Light Museum. Not on our list, but a fun looking place. 
This is located in Barrington.
This lighthouse is not in it's original location. It was actually on an island. 
This replica was built and is about 30' shorter than the original. 
The top of this lighthouse came from the original. 
They have fun pictures of the top being airlifted over by helicopter. 
Our short little  walk led us to this fun museum. There were all sorts of artifacts etc on display. 
Like this eel trap. Eel..... it's what's for dinner!! 
Seal Island and the other smaller islands near by are surrounded by very dangerous "tricky" 
waters which have caused many ships to be wrecked and lives lost over the years.
In the early 1800's local men of Barrington and Yarmouth would go to Seal Island
 each spring to bury the shipwrecked dead. 
Mary (Crowell) Hichens from Barrington knew that many of the shipwrecked sailors 
could be saved if there was someone there to care for them; 
so she urged her husband Richard to go to live on the island 
and they would help rescue the shipwrecked sailors.
In the summer of 1823, the families of Richard Hichens and Edmund Crowell 
moved from Barrington to Seal Island where they very successfully 
established the first lifesaving station in Canada. 
When they first moved there they built houses and kept 
a candle in the window for shipwrecked sailors.
In 1827, construction of the lighthouse began and was first lighted 
on November 28, 1831.
 It was through the urgings and efforts of Mary Crowell Hichens that this lighthouse was acquired.
In the top we were able to look at the glass fixture itself with all of it's magnification properties.
The view was outstanding!! He is outstanding on the ledge.... 
I'm always fascinated by little bitty islands with a tree or two growing on them. 
I think it's an indication that we too can thrive in adversity. 
You can see the fog is beginning to come in, but it was beautiful!
Although this looks like old driftwood, it is not. 
It is bones from the skull of a whale. 
Onward and upward.... well okay it really wasn't upward..
On to Cape Sable Island.
The sand on the beaches is really white at Cape Sable Island
We drove to The Hawk Beach
If you walk down to the end of the beach you can see Cape Sable Lighthouse. 
At 101' it is the tallest lighthouse in Nova Scotia. We could see it, but not well, as it was foggy. 
I hope to return on a clearer day. 
The beach was so beautiful!
We ate a picnic lunch there. 
The sound of the waves, the feeling of the salt water, the fog.... it was amazing! 
I truly can never get too much beach time! 

The rocks were so glittery. I still have all sorts of sand "glitter" on the bottoms of my sandals. 

Laurence was going to get a piece of driftwood for a walking stick. He changed his mind when he found this. 
I'm anxious to see what this turns out to be. 
There is another lighthouse in this direction, unfortunately you can't see it. 
Words cannot express how much we love Nova Scotia, 
and how grateful we are to have the opportunity to serve here.
We Love Our Father in Heaven, and are grateful to serve in His Holy Temple 
where families can be bound together forever. 

1 comment:

  1. I love your posts in this blog! The pictures and descriptions just seem to sum up the reasons why I have always loved to be close to the ocean. I think you really must have NS roots somewhere in your history, you have adopted the ocean in your heart!


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