Drive Nord and Whales

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46℉ at 5:30 and high of 70

Monday, September 12, 2016

I would love to keep driving north as there are many things to see and explore, but I need to fly to Baltimore for a few days, so we will turn south tomorrow. With that in mind, we drove north to explore a couple of towns, and it is always interesting. We stopped at Cap-de-Bon-Desire for an hour and then to Longue-Rive and Portneuf sur-Mer. Both have incredible salt marshes where we learned that Canada has 25% of the salt marshes of the world. There were hundreds of seagulls, and we saw several Blue Herons and a falcon. There were a lot of geese, and we are starting to see ducks migrating. 

We stopped for lunch at a busy diner where truck drivers were giving each other grief in a dialect that sounded like a Creole dialect from New Orleans or a Guinneman on the Chesapeake. They were having a big time and making the busy waitress laugh. We couldn’t understand a word.

Back at camp we did a load of laundry, then took a little wine and peanuts back to Cap-de-Bon-Desire for one more visit, and what a show we saw. It was slow at first, but as the sun set maybe six whales fed along a slick edge or water a hundred yards away. You can only take so many pictures of whale’s backs, and then you just relax and watch the show. The park is only open Wednesday to Sunday now, but you can walk in. It’s probably a mile and a half walk all the way to the water. Maybe it’s less, but it’s a pretty good hike. No matter, there were maybe 25 people there, enjoying a beautiful evening in a beautiful spot where whales, ducks and seagulls pass right in front of you, and the sky turns pink as the sun sets.

  3 comments for “Drive Nord and Whales

  1. Billy
    September 18, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Sorry you have to fly away from your dream trip. Hope nothing serious. Billy

    • September 19, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks Billy. Gayle is not doing too well. I’ll tell you about it later

  2. Jane Ashley Skinner
    September 27, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    25% of the world’s salt marshes…I love that factoid and blue herons!

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