Saturday, July 5, 2008

Nova Scotia or Bust!

Tomorrow is the crossing to Canada. We’ll be leaving from Southwest Harbor ME (near Bar Harbor) to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Crossing the Gulf of Maine and the Bay of Fundy – it’s 13 hours in the North Atlantic – most of the time not seeing land. Sounds a little spooky, huh? Winds will be 10-15 knots and waves less than 1 meter (3 feet). I have no idea what the temperature will be because it’s listed in Celsius and I haven’t mastered that yet.

We happened to get a complimentary slip tonight when the fuel dock ran out of fuel as we were being filled. We’re full except for 50 gallons (out of 800), so not a problem. We’ve been scurrying to do laundry (since we’re on a dock) and get ready to cross into Canada – find the Canadian courtesy flag, get out the Canadian charts and cruising guides, check out weather, figure out how to reprogram our radios, etc. It’s been pretty hectic.

Cell phone service and internet access will be spotty in Nova Scotia. We’ll be using Vicki’s phone only (302-528-6222). Don’t call Norm’s phone – we won’t answer it because we’d incur big time roaming charges. Keep those emails coming – we love the connection.

We spent four days in Castine Maine and loved it! It’s a town of 1300 including the 700- student Maine Maritime Academy – great experience of small town America –we did the 4th of July fun run yesterday followed by a parade and fireworks last night. Jeff and Karen Siegel, friends of Jim and Robin, were terrific hosts. They’re even storing alcohol that we couldn’t bring into Canada. (Limited to 40 oz liquor OR 2 L wine OR 24 cans of beer per person.)

By the way.... Today is the beginning of our 2nd cruising month. It seems like much longer than that!

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