Here in Pismo Beach today it was a repeat of yesterday...rain, rain and more rain. Except for taking Annie out for a walk between rainstorms, we just decided to hunker down for the day.
As is our habit from time to time, Bruce and I began reminiscing about past trips. We have so many memories of the trips my Dad took with us, but one particular story always makes us laugh. Well, most of them make us laugh actually. This one happens to involve our RV trip to Nova Scotia with Dad in 2007.
Dad was so excited that we were taking him to a far eastern province of Canada, Nova Scotia. He had always dreamed of going there, but never thought he would get the opportunity. Prior to leaving, all he talked about was the Bay of Fundy. He'd seen some travelogues on the area many times. In one of them he saw some people walking on the bottom of the ocean during the low tide period in the Bay of Fundy. So, he asked us about that. We told him we didn't know for sure where that location was because we hadn't see the travelogue. We told him we'd try to find it for him.
We were actually in Nova Scotia for about 6 weeks and we went all over the place during that time. We visited many different towns on the Bay of Fundy and each time Dad would ask, "Is this where you can walk on the ocean floor?" Bruce or I would patiently answer, "I'm not sure but it doesn't look like you can do that here." Sometimes it would be high tide, so you couldn't do it anyway. Dad must have asked us THE question at least 6 times.
Finally, one day when we were staying in the town of Kingston I happened to catch something in a tourist advertisement about Hall's Harbour on the Bay of Fundy. We thought we'd go over that evening and check it out. It was high tide....so there was to be no walking on the ocean floor that day. We did, however, find a great Lobster Pound and we all ate fresh lobster for dinner. We found out when low tide was expected for the next day and planned our return visit.
(I have no photo of high tide. I was not a blogger and did not save or keep many photos at all)
The next day we planned our arrival to the tiny village of Hall's Harbour to coincide with low tide. Finally, we'd give Dad the chance to walk on the ocean floor. The tiny harbor even had a boat ramp (see photo) so Dad would be able to walk right down to the bottom.
We pulled up and got a great parking spot by the Lobster Pound. Everyone got out with our cameras and we went over to the ramp.......
Bruce says, "There you go, Bob. You can finally walk on the ocean floor."
Dad says, "Oh I don't want to really do it. I just wondered where it was."
All righty then...let's just take a quick photo and get back in the car. So much for walking on the ocean floor. Dad was intrigued by the tide fluctuation we saw that day. In Hall's Harbour there is usually at least a 42-foot height variance from high to low tide. They boast about being the world's highest and lowest tide location. We actually saw the fishing boats sitting on the bottom of the harbor. This little fishing village is fantastic overlooking the Bay of Fundy, and from the south side of town you can look out over the Annapolis Valley and it is so beautiful. Check this LINK for more information on this village.
I just thought I'd share that little travel tale with everyone. We're hoping we only have one more bad day of rain and we may actually be getting out to take some pics of this area and see what is new since our last visit.
Until next time.....so long for now!
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