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by Bob Long last modified Jan 04, 2012 04:12 AM
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by bob last modified Sep 24, 2010

I’m Back from Cape Breton Nova Scotia and feeling slightly tired. The scenery was amazing and I got a 3 1/2 hour bike ride on the Cabot trail (through all the good parts) which was amazing. We stayed one night at Meat Cove and the rest was with the in-laws at a farmhouse on a [...]




 

 

I’m Back from Cape Breton Nova Scotia and feeling slightly tired. The scenery was amazing and I got a 3 1/2 hour bike ride on the Cabot trail (through all the good parts) which was amazing. We stayed one night at Meat Cove and the rest was with the in-laws at a farmhouse on a dirt road in Port Dauphin. There was an empty rocky beach across the road where I had the profound pleasure of watching the sun rise over open ocean on a clear morning.


I found it particularly interesting to study the residential landscape of the Canadian Maritime Provinces as well as the scenic landscape. The residential areas where real people lived (as opposed to us tourists) reminded me of the Maine of my youth. The farther you get from Wal-Mart, the less “stuff” people have in and on their yards. Not just “toys” which seems to be a big cultural difference between Southern Maine and Vermont (the two areas I’m most familiar with) – (branch office in western Maine?) but also a difference in landscaping. The new American northeast approach seems to be to have many trees and shrubs and flower beds rather randomly punctuating an expanse of lawn. What I saw on Cape Breton was much simpler and cleaner. Many if not most houses didn’t even have plants around the foundation, almost unthinkable here in the states. The effect was very serene and peaceful. The houses as one would expect were much smaller and more compact as well. I probably should have snapped more photos but that would have slowed us down considerably and probably not gone over so well with the others in the vehicle.
I think I may have to take a vacation every year.

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