There is a road trip on the horizon that is one more sleep away. Over the last little while I have been creating, acknowledging, and witnessing minor miracles fall into place making this getaway possible.
This is a trip to where I was born. I have lived away for some 4o odd years and haven't visited in more than ten. I have been back numerous times but this time the journey already feels different.
On two occasions I had the pleasure of taking my daughter to my childhood stomping grounds; both summer road trips as well. Thankfully she has always been a willing traveller even when the only company was two adults.
This time Jack and I are on our own ... until we get "down home." Though not all in the same place at the same time, five of my eight siblings will be there as well. I'll miss the two sisters who couldn't come along and the brother who will be there in spirit only.
Looking through these pre-digital photographs as I pack and prepare makes me realize how much time has passed.
Summer 0f 2002 - my girl looking out at the ocean low tide
My daughter is busy working and doing her own thing this summer but to have the chance share my roots by the ocean was special to me -- as I hope it was to her.
two of my favourite people
glowing dusk on the Northumberland Strait
rugged and rocky Peggy's Cove
welcomed into a folk artist's home
maritime folk art
and other sites along the way
Our final destination is the province of Nova Scotia. The shape of the province always looks like a lobster to me, and not surprisingly, the world famous crustacean delicacy comes from the freshest, coldest Nova Scotia waters.
map of Maritime Canada
Halifax, the capital city, is a rich, nautical and musical place full of history and character (and characters)! It is also home to Pier 21. Like America's Ellis Island, Pier 21 is the gate many of those looking for a better life in Canada passed through, my ancestors among them.
The trip east to Nova Scotia and all the stops on the long drive there will sure to be fodder for stories. I haven't had much time lately for stories but I know there are some brewing already.
See you in August.