A Journal, with Pictures

Sydney, Nova Scotia

by on Oct.06, 2011, under Flying, Happenings

On Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 25th. we wait for the weath­er to improve at Ban­gor, Maine and get into the air around 10:00 AM. The two hour flight is most­ly in the clear and we make an instru­ment approach, refu­el and are off to Syd­ney Nova Sco­tia, on Cape Bre­ton Island. The weath­er final­ly is improv­ing as we go north and we have a very pleas­ant two plus hour flight to Syd­ney, which is about as far as you can go to the north east. We deal with cross winds on land­ing and then face the most dif­fi­cult part of the jour­ney, find­ing a tie down. It is munic­i­pal air­port, with no tow­er. We call Syd­ney radio and get Char­lot­te­town, on Prince Edward Island, who talks to a air­port offi­cial in a pick-up truck who we can see. He directs us to a park­ing spot that has no tie down. We then track him down and after much mis-com­mu­ni­ca­tion he shows us a field with some time downs. We move our bags to the air­port using a wheel bar­rel that we bor­row from a con­struc­tion sight and it’s wel­come to Syd­ney. We get our rental car and are off to our hotel. Time for din­ner and we go to the Gov­er­nors Place, that turns out to be a very good restau­rant and we final­ly get our Lob­ster din­ner. Turns out that Lob­sters are out of sea­son here, but they have some and we do the Prince Edward Island Mus­sels (lots) and Lob­ster, we are hap­py mus­ke­teers. The next morn­ing its off to the Cabot Trail.

Day two Cape Bre­ton Island

We have decide to dri­ve the Cabot Trail and leave after break­fast. This is pret­ty much an all day trip and we have not done our home­work but off we go. It about an hour and a half dri­ve to get to the start of the trail, if you don’t take the fer­ry. We decide not to take the fer­ry because we don’t want to wait for it and think it won’t save that much time. The scenery is great and the weath­er is per­fect so we play tourist, tak­ing in the rugged coast line, the vis­tas and small set­tle­ments along the coast.

We final­ly get to the Cape Bre­ton High­lands Nation­al Park and stop for lunch at a sea food restau­rant. Chow­der, clams, fish and chips over­look­ing the coast, not bad. We then do some more tour­ing until its time to head back. On the way we stop at the Keltic Lodge, which is a pre­mier resort on the coast, with one of the top golf cours­es in Cana­da. If we ever want to get away from it all and cool our jets, this would be the place.

From the Keltic Lodge we head back and decide to take the fer­ry with some con­cerns, about how long of a wait and ride. We get to the fer­ry and it turns out to be no wait and its about a 1/4 mile ride and takes about five min­utes. Back to Syd­ney and anoth­er fine din­ner at the Gov­er­nors Place and then get ready for our flight in the morn­ing to New Glassgow.


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