Co-Captains Log – August 4-5, 2016. West Head to Yarmouth.

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.

Lighthouse when entering into Yarmouth
Lighthouse when entering into Yarmouth

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.

Building sculptures at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth.
Building sculptures at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth.

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.

Outdoor Piano at entrance to Art Gallery
Outdoor Piano at entrance to Art Gallery
Photo by Kylie
Photo by Kylie
Photo by Kylie
Photo by Kylie

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.

Learning about lobster fishing at "Living Wharf" in Yarmouth.
Learning about lobster fishing at “Living Wharf” in Yarmouth.

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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.

The "Blue Nose" tall ship model at the info centre.
The “Blue Nose” tall ship model at the info centre.

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.

Love this. In the gardens of the Gallery/Creperie
Love this. In the gardens of the Gallery/Creperie
Yum...Crepes
Yum…Crepes

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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.IMG_8571

Kylie getting an impromptu art lesson
Kylie getting an impromptu art lesson

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After dinner we walked up the boardwalk again to show the kids the ship wreck.

Ship wreck
Ship wreck
Spencer walking on the shore
Spencer walking on the shore

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,

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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.

Thanks for following.

TL

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Co-Captains Log – August 4-5, 2016. West Head to Yarmouth.”

  1. My family is staying in a cottage in Christmas Cove, right behind the Coveside Marina. I was out on the porch when I noticed your boat coming in. I got out the binoculars and saw the website name on the side of the boat. I think it is awesome what y’all are doing! I’ve got so many questions about how y’all make it work. It would be great if you had time to reply by email!

    1. Hi Ted
      Do u have a boat, kayak or canoe?
      Come on over. We are on a mooring ball now! We’d love company. Just excuse our mess!

      Thanks. Tara-Lynne

      1. Hey Tara! We actually don’t have anything that’ll get across the water here (poor planing on our part). My dad and I walked down to see you guys, but you were pulling away from the dock as we got there. Funny how life works. We are staying at 109 Coveside Road. It’s to the right of the marina and has 2 black SUV’s parked on it. If y’all take a walk this evening feel free to stop by. We’ve got dinner reservations at 6:30 at Coveside and we’ll be here the rest of the night.

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