Into Nova Scotia & Halifax

On Friday, September 14,  we left Ponderosa Pines which was a pretty old campground needing lots of maintenance.  We never had the promised WiFi or TV connections, so after two nights we were outta there.  We left Hopewell heading up Hwy 104 to Moncton, NB (pronounced Munkton – not sure what they do with the “O” or where they get the “K”) where we picked up Hwy 2 again and entered into Nova Scotia.  The Visitor Center there had great WiFi so I was able to attend to some business and catch up on email.   We drove into Truro and stopped for lunch at Saltscapes Restaurant and General Store.  The owners of this restaurant had to have been in a Cracker Barrel Country Store at some time as the whole place is quite similar.  The menu reflects local tastes and there are lots of items on the walls gathered from Nova Scotia, including old tins, pictures and antique signs.  Outside are colored Adirondack chairs instead of rockers!  Truro had just experienced some flooding from heavy rains in the past 3 days but we did not see any of it as we passed through.  Our destination for the night was Woodhaven Campground near Halifax.  We were driving on Hwy 102 and as we got closer to the city the traffic got heavier.  This campground is a bit better than the one before but also old and in need of updating.  At least we had a long pull thru space with trees dividing us from the neighbors on either side and we had good WiFi and some local TV stations.  After we set up, we jumped in the truck and headed into Halifax for a quick trip to pick up some liquor.  In Canada all spirits are sold at one place and here it is called a NSLC Store (Nova Scotia Liquor Commission).  Son-in-Law Warren had requested we purchase a rare (in Texas) & hard to find bourbon, John’s Private Cask #1.  They had three bottles total and they now have only one left.  Only 9000 bottles are released each year and each has its very own serial number.  What a way to sell bourbon!  The Pack leader has been looking for Pinch Scotch since we left Idaho and is finding none – he now experiences withdrawal from both Pinch Scotch and Tex Mex food.  Norman (the Garmin) took us on a twisting, circuitous route into the harbor area down by St. Mary’s University where we found our store.  We saw so many young people with tattoos, piercings and odd outfits we actually were shocked that so many may have escaped San Francisco or New York.  Sad testimony for our young people!  One young grocery checker had 5 piercings in his lips, one on the bridge of his nose and large Batman discs inserted into his ear lobes.  UGHH!  Traffic was almost at a standstill heading out of town as it was 5 PM.  Then we came back to this part of town for a quick stop for few groceries and then home.  Whew, another long day!

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