Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Kirsten Heads North Part 5

Heading to Halifax Area

Hello! Yep, I'm still sharing about our August Vacation. Not too many more things to report, but I want you to get it all.

Once off the ferry we headed toward Head of St Margaret's Bay via (means by way of) Halifax. While driving we searched for things to do in the area. 
So many things to choose. We decided to head to the Citadel first.

Citadel Hill

The Citadel or Citadel Hill is a national historic site. It sits in the middle of the city and overlooks the harbor and much more!
The hill and fort on top helped defend the city and the people from invasion.
While inside you can walk the top and see the views and how easy it was to keep an eye on the harbor.

The fort also has interactive opportunities. You can sign up to be a soldier for the day. Visit with the teacher in the school room. Explore the cells, bunks, armory, and other rooms. 

Also in the Citadel is the Army Museum. Many displays from World War I and World War II.

Xyra had been messaging a Howler friend based in Dartmouth. she told us about an air show down on the waterfront, but it started while we were at the Citadel and we watched from there.

The Red Arrows were wonderful! you might have to enlarge the photos to see them.

Peggy's Cove

After the Citadel, we headed out of Halifax and down to Peggy's CoveA really pretty place. 
If you go I highly suggest you park in the large public parking area at the entrance of town and walk the rest of the way.
A neat lighthouse is furthest out on the point. 

There is a restaurant and gift shop there, but it was packed so we walked back through town and ate at Peggy's Dogs. 

Then had ice cream across the way. Xyra chose London Fog. It's Earl Grey ice cream with vanilla beans. YUMMY!

From there we headed to up to Head of St Margaret's Bay to our friends house. 

If you follow the weather, Hurricane Dorian blasted up the East Coast last week. while the mid-Atlantic states were mostly spared, Dorian's curved path hit Nova Scotia pretty hard. the eye passing over where our friends live. Our hearts go out to all affected by Hurricane Dorian.

Thank you for stopping! Have a great Tuesday!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Kirsten Heads North Part 4

New Brunswick to Nova Scotia

Hello again! Welcome back! After our visit to the railway we drove over to St. John in New Brunswick. We saw this great double rainbow. 

Bay of Fundy Ferry

Sunday morning we rose early and headed to the ferry port and got in line to wait to board the Fundy Rose. We pulled in behind a group of motorcycles. They had to tie down their rides. Once parked everyone moved to the upper decks for the journey. First, we grabbed some breakfast; egg sandwiches were really tasty. Then we went exploring!

These first few photos are blurry because we realized the camera lens had gotten foggy from the sea air. Once it was cleaned up all looked much better.

The wind was crazy! You can see it in the flag positions. (giggles) 

I needed another layer. so did Xyra and Franz, but we didn't want to sit inside. We wanted to watch the water it was so beautiful.

During the second hour the Bay of Fundy Interpretation Center representative, she's in the yellow jacket, gave a presentation about the bay the the wildlife we could encounter. 
At he end she handed out samples of dried seaweed to taste. It was good, but really salty.

Another turn on the decks. My bangs stood straight up at one point. (giggles)

Soon we could see the shores of Nova Scotia. 

I definitely like traveling by ferry!
Have you ever traveled by ferry? Where did you go?

Thank you for stopping! Have a great Friday!

Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with American Girl or BFL Bay Ferries Limited. Links are provided for educational and informative purposes only; no purchase is required or suggested to enjoy the post. We receive no funding from links clicked.


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Kirsten Heads North Part 3

Maine Part 2

Wiscasset, Waterville, & Farmington Railway

Annual Picnic, Yard Sale, & 30th Anniversary

Finally! Whew! At long last i get to continue my report.

We picked a great day to visit the Wiscasset, Waterville, & Farmington Railway; it was their annual picnic and 30th anniversary party. Free CAKE! What more could one ask?!

When we arrived we explored the area and buildings and watched the crews get the trains in position for the first run. 
This walk leads to the main platform. The yard master is in the first part of the station. It is really cool inside. The next door down, if you could see through Franz (giggles) is the gift shoppe and ticket area. Then at the very end is the sheltered waiting area.
The caboose belongs to the chase train. the first train already left. But these are shots of the first leaving. 

In between runs they use the turntable to get the engines facing the right way.

This view from the engine shop.
The restored Rangely car. It's really pretty.

Here come the train.

Funny Story!

So we had tickets for the second run. Got on and took our seats when we heard thunder. Franz remembered our windows were open a bit more than a tiny crack, so Xyra checked her watch (4 minutes to departure), grabbed her ticket, jumped off and (broke yard rules) ran to close them. Mission accomplished! However, as she turned to come back she realized the train left with Franz and I and her phone on it!

Now, Franz and Xyra are railroaders. They know the consequences. So she went back to the station to make sure they were running a chase train again this time. They were. Meanwhile, thunder rolled, rain poured down, and hail pelted the area. As she waited and chatted with other passengers the phone rang. It was the conductor. He told the ticket agent about passengers that had gotten separated and that we would be waiting at "The Center." Xyra overheard and laughed, "That's me!" She grabbed the chase train and when it reached "The Center" she told her conductor that we were going to join her on the trip back and he let us on.

The rain poured down again on the way back. When we reached the yard we got tickets for the third run and rode together in the combine car. See here is were mail and baggage is kept.

After our joint ride, we grabbed lunch and CAKE before heading further north.

Wasn't that a fun day? Which is your favorite photo? How would you have felt getting separated?

Thank you for stopping! Have a great Wednesday!

Note: While Franz is a contributnig member of the railway, Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with American Girl or the Wiscassett, Waterville, and Farmington Railway. Links are provided for education and informative purposes. No purchase is required to enjoy the post. However, should you find yourself visiting Maine, we do suggest you make the railway part of your itinerary.