Air Temp: 13c
Water Temp: 58.6f
Wind: 5knots SW
Departed West Head at 6:55.
August 4, 2016
We left West Head harbour just before 7am which is great as it makes the trip feel short for the kids. It was a pretty rolly passage and I think everyone was up in the cockpit once they woke up as its better if you can see the horizon.
We pulled into Yarmouth and tied up just after noon. It looks like they are preping for a festival this weekend.
We went for a walk uptown to see what was around and to find a store selling hard-drives (we had a storage disk that stopped working and we are running out of photo storage space). Doug found an electronic store on google maps so we headed there. It was a mix of electronics, (old and new) collectables, movie and game rental and other random things.
They had a drive, plus the kids wanted to rent some movies for tonight, so that’s what we did. For this walk we had Mini-Wheat with us which eliminated some options so we took her back to the boat, well, we took her back after an ice cream. (yes, I know…again)
On our second outing we stopped in at a little gallery on the waterfront and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
The small one had a fun scavenger hunt for the kids, then prizes when they completed it. They got Nova Scotia Pins and colouring post card.
At the Art Gallery there was a ‘build a sculpture’ section where the kids crafted, plus we viewed the exhibits which were interesting.
On the pathway out of the gallery there is an outdoor piano all painted up which they kids played for a while. Then Kylie got creative with Dougs Phone camera.
We had walked by a pizza place earlier which had smelled delicious, so we stopped in for dinner.
Back at the boat the kids wanted to start one of the movies so Doug and I decided to walk the waterfront. We headed further into the bay where, almost at the end, on the opposite bank, we discovered an old ship wreck. Unfortunately we couldn’t get to it to explore further.
When we got back to the boat we watched the movie then planned our next leg of the trip.
August 5, 2016
When we got up this morning, the weather forecast wasn’t great so we decided to stay put.
Doug went for a run and I went for a walk with Mini-Wheat. Everyone vegged a bit this morning and after lunch we went to ‘the living wharf’ which is something they do here every day at a different wharf. They have fishermen, retired and not, who come out in the afternoon and talk to those interested about the fishing industry here. The fishermen we saw today talked about lobster fishing. He told us about the cages (now with metal mesh weighted bottoms, but previously with concrete in the bottom), he showed us a living lobster, he told us how they use elastics to hold the lobsters pinchers now but in the olden days they used wooden plugs that were stuck into the lobsters joint, just before the pincher. He explained how the ropes they lay have 15-20 lobster pots attached to them and he showed us how the gears onboard pull these pots up into the boat while the men unload the lobsters, then re-bait the cages.
Next we walked to the tourist information building to find out about fun things to do in Yarmouth, just in case the weather holds us here longer.
After playing on their huge touch screen of Google maps, we walked to a little gallery next door which housed some beautiful art, plus a Crepier! Yum. Ryanna, Doug and I had crepes, Kylie and Spencer had ice cream.
On our walk back we came to a bakery with an old stone oven, and then a arts and crafts store. A local artist was sitting at a table near the entrance painting, and Ryanna sat down to watch. The artist gave Ryanna the pretty floral card she had made when it was completed. Then she told Kylie to sit down, and she proceeded to teach Kylie how to make her own card. What a treat.
After dinner we walked up the boardwalk again to show the kids the ship wreck.
On our way back we stopped at a park and the kids took pictures. I love watching them photograph things. Kids look at and explore things so different then adults. I love the pictures,
When we got back there was a live band playing at the restaurant on the waterfront which we enjoyed along with a beautiful sunset and a sliver of a moon.
We checked the weather, discussed options for travel, then went to bed.
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