Valerie and I went for a marvellous drive along the Fundy coast to Cape d'Or today.
Strangely for me, I forgot to take any photos this day. But here's a video I found on youtube to give you a glimpse of this spectacular spot.
It was a beautiful day for a drive. The forecast had flipflopped over the past few days, so it was wonderful when the day turned out to be mostly clear, although quite cool because of a very brisk wind. Driving straight through from my house to Cape d'Or would probably take a couple hours, but it took us all day to get there and back because we stopped a few times along the way.
First we stopped at the Masstown Market, a neat farmer's market/gift shop/cafe/you name it, it's there kind of place! Mind you, all we bought was a muffin each, but it was fun looking around.
Next stop was St. James United Church in Great Village, which was Valerie's first charge as a minister. Fortuitously, the current minister was at the church so the doors were open and we were able to look around. It was a lovely big old wooden church, but in need of serious restoration. It was so cool to revisit this place with Valerie: what a privilege to share in her memories.
Then we stopped at The Farm Gate, a family run farm and store. Valerie has known the family who owns the place since she was their minister (20ish yrs ago?) and still orders her annual freezer full of pork from them. We each bought some homemade pepperoni and red currant jelly, and Valerie also bought pickled eggs (which I myself have never eaten...and not sure I will anytime soon!) Not too far away is at That Dutchman's Farm, where we stopped for some very tasty gouda cheese, before continuing along on our merry way.
Somehow we missed the signs to the Five Islands Provincial Park, which is where we originally intended to go, so I suggested Cape d'Or...and then we proceeded to get lost. (I said, oh well, it's not a successful road trip unless you get lost at least once!) Well I exaggerate a bit, we weren't lost exactly, we just took a wrong turn down a one way road so had to do some backtracking. However, along the way, we stumbled across a museum neither of us had ever heard of - Ottawa House by the Sea. Granted, we didn't actually take the tour, but the place has a beautiful view...and the washroom came in handy!
Eventually we made it to Cape d'Or. We walked down the (very steep) hill to the point where there is a lighthouse and restaurant. The wind was blowing so strong we almost felt like we'd blow right off the cliff! But it was exhilarating, and the waves were crashing and blowing foam and spray up over the rocks. We sat in the shelter of a rock, watching the foam blow around like soap suds, then walked the path along the edge of the bank. We were getting hungry by this point, so had lunch at the restaurant. Valerie had a BLT and I had a bowl of yummy seafood chowder. Since we were driving Val's car, I had intended to pick up our lunch tab, but when I came out of the washroom, she'd beaten me to it. Then we huffed and puffed our way back up the hill, and walked around the trail at the top of the cliff. Alas, time to start heading toward home.
Aside from all that activity...we enjoyed a great deal of conversation and laughter. We talked about things both silly and serious. (One of the sillier sights was the cemetery beside the liquor store with the "wine, beer and spirits" sign out front!) We shared family stories and had discussions about faith and prayer. For two people of very different upbringing, I am amazed at how much we have in common, in our experiences, in our children, in our outlook on life. I've said it before and will say it again, I feel so blessed to have encountered this wonderful woman along my journey.
It was one of those times you wish lasted just a little bit longer...which is the perfect way to end a day.