Trip to Tancook

My love of visiting islands is no secret. While Big Tancook Island didn’t make my top 5 it has been on my radar for a few years as a place I’d like to visit.

 

I have a pretty clear definition of what makes an island an island. If you can drive there, your island status has pretty much been revoked in my mind. It’s the challenge of ferry service that sets island life apart from that of mainland destinations. The ferry to Tancook didn’t disappoint. I was fascinated by the loading/unloading process. No cars for visitors touring the island or for islanders heading to the mainland. Cargo is loaded into containers and hoisted on and off the ferry.

 

 

Before arriving on Big Tancook, the ferry stops at Little Tancook Island, just long enough to load and unload.

 

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Wharves in Cape Breton

One of my favourite parts of work trips is when there is an opportunity to tour the area, particularly the wharves and harbours. While these stops used to make me crazy when I was growing up (I would have much preferred a gift shop or two) I’ve learned to appreciate the bustle and character each harbour possesses. Here are some highlights from last week in Cape Breton.

 

Adler Point

North Sydney

 

Glace Bay

 

Port Morien

 

 

 

 

Shoeless Bon

Generally when I pack for a work trip I make sure I have some type of lounge wear/slob wear in my suitcase that is appropriate for wandering the halls of whatever hotel I happen to be in. I’ve learned the hard way that no matter how quick the trip to the vending machines might be, you will inevitably run into someone you know when you’re making the run in the bathrobe from the room. (True story)

 

Part of my comfort wear includes flip flops but apparently I had a mental relapse when I packed yesterday morning because when I opened my bag, I realized the only shoes I had were the ones on my feet. While find them comfortable, I’d been wearing them for about 12 hours and the thought of wearing them through our group supper just wasn’t working for me.

 

So I sent a quick Facebook message to my work cohorts, relatively certain they would tell me that this:

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wasn’t really appropriate for the hotel restaurant/bar for the evening.

 

That wasn’t the message back. So that’s how I went to supper:

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My feet thanked me for it. And really, they did sort of match my ensemble.

 

Food from the Rock

My trip to Newfoundland in July included lots of good food (of course). You know it was good when you’re still thinking about it two months later. 🙂

 

Photos From Fogo

Fogo Island has been on my bucket list of places to visit for a long time; way before Justin and Gwyneth made it cool. I had the chance to last month and it was so worth the trip. I’d go back in a heartbeat.