Nice sunrise over Digby Nova Scotia this morning, our last day in the Province. I was already looking forward to the Ferry ride for the simple fact of having someone else do the driving for a change even if it was for only two and a half hours. The Ferry ride wasn’t cheap but compared to the amount of gas we would have used had we gone from Truro over to Halifax and down the coast around the bottom of Nova Scotia then back up through Digby north to Truro again then back down the other side of Fundy Bay to the American border I think we definitely saved ourselves a couple dollars plus wear and tear on the Motorhome and us as well.
Under dark sullen and rainy skies we made our way to the Ferry about 9:30 but stopped along the way at the Digby Pines Resort and Spa. Kelly was looking for a 2019 Maude Lewis calendar and somebody told her she could get one at the Digby Pines gift shop Nope, they were sold out.
QUICK STOP AT THE DIGBY PINES
OUR RIG IS IN THIS PHOTO TOO
OKAY IT’S YOUR MOVE
We arrived at the Ferry Terminal plenty early and were promptly led to a line-up spot. Met some folks from Stratford Ontario as well as Seaforth. Not too many vehicles but more dribbled in later. In fact, quite a few. Ferry arrived from St. John New Brunswick right on time and disgorged it’s passengers and vehicles.
ALL LINED UP AND READY TO RUMBLE ABOARD THE FERRY
AN OLDY AND IT COMES COMPLETE WITH WHITE WALL TIRES AND A COUPLE FINS AT THE TOP BACK
THE BIG E IS PEEKING AROUND THE CORNER TO THE RIGHT
‘DA BOAT BOSS – DA BOAT’
THE ‘FUNDY ROSE’ HEADS IN FROM ST. JOHN NEW BRUNSWICK ON IT’S FIRST RUN OF THE DAY
Following directions from a guy dressed in lime green it was soon our time to board the boat so away we went with our 37 foot Motorhome around the corner and down a steel ramp into the hold of the Ferry. Another chap directed us to snuggle up tightly to an 18 wheeler and that was it. Leaving Pheebs in the RV we clambered out of the rig, headed across the steel deck and climbed up about 4 levels of stairs to the deck lounge.
OKAY HERE WE GO DRIVING THE RIG ONTO THE BOAT
GEEEEZZZZ I HOPE THERE IS REALLY A BOAT DOWN THERE SOMEWHERE AT THE END OF THAT RAMP
YEP THERE IT IS
OKAY SO NOW WHERE DO WE GO?? WONDER IF I CAN TURN AROUND IN HERE??
OKAY THERE’S A GUY WAVING AT ME….MAYBE HE’S A BLOG READER
LOOKS LIKE THIS IS IT
THEY GOT US SQIGGLED IN HERE PRETTY GOOD
This was a far larger Ferry than I realized and I was impressed how nice it was inside. Very impressive and I’ll let my photos take you for a tour.
BIG WINDOWS AT LEFT LOOK OUT OVER THE BOW
THERE ARE NICE SEATING AREAS EVERYWHERE AND I LOVED ALL THE COLORS THROUGHOUT
MIDSHIPS SNACK AND COFFEE BAR AREA
EVEN A CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA
WASHROOMS AND MORE SEATING UP THAT-A-WAY AND THERE ARE MIRRORS MIRRORS EVERYWHERE
INFORMATION DECK AT RIGHT
ANOTHER COZY SEATING AREA WITH TABLES
MAIN CAFETERIA WHERE WE GOT OUR GRUB
ONE OF TWO CAFETERIA SEATING AREAS
LOTS OF COMFORTABLE AIRLINE SEATS
THIS IS AN ELEVATOR
THIS COUPLE WAS PLAYING CRIBBAGE
THIS IS THE MOVIE ROOM WITH THE MOVIE ‘CASPER THE GHOST’ PLAYING…..WE SAT FOR AWHILE ABOUT HALFWAY DOWN ON THE RIGHT
WHOA SLOW DOWN THERE CASPER
OKAY I PROMISE TO BE GOOD
I THINK I RECOGNIZE THAT PERSON
KELLY ORDER’S US UP SOME GRUB
SIGN SAYS ‘TRUCKER’S LOUNGE’
HEY WHO’S THE GUY IN THE MIRROR WITH THE BAGGY PANTS
THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF SEATING ON THIS FERRY
I WONDER HOW MUCH OF THE BOAT THESE THREE PEOPLE SAW
We found us a couple comfortable airline seats for awhile before heading off to the cafeteria for some eats. Kelly had some of those Scallop thingys with salad and I had an Angus burger with fries. We both liked our food and the fries were especially good. I of course bounced around the boat all over the place taking photos. Watched part of a Casper Movie for a short while. Tried the onboard computers but they didn’t work. Grabbed a coffee as well. Wasn’t much to see out the windows except the gray depressing sky reflecting it’s mood into the Bay Of Fundy waters. Raining too.
DESPITE THE COLD WIND AND RAIN I DID MANAGE TO SLIP OUTSIDE AND GRAB A FEW PICS AROUND THE DECK…..THIS ONE IS ‘BYE BYE’ NOVA SCOTIA
NICE OUTDOOR DECK LOUNGE AT THE STERN
LIFE RAFT CANISTERS
BREEZEWAY SEATING LOOKING AFT
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR THE CAPTAIN HE’S UP THOSE STAIRS AND THROUGH THE DOOR TO THE BRIDGE
A FISHING TRAWLER PASSES BY
POWER RESCUE LAUNCH
BELOW IS WHERE WE DROVE THE MOTORHOME ABOARD
It was a few minutes short of 1 p.m. when we docked in St. John New Brunswick. Unsure about where we were headed we pulled over in the big Ferry parking lot and shut things down for half an hour. Checked our weather forecasts and saw the weather folks were still calling for 3 days of rain. Yes we knew there was a lot to see here in regards to the Fundy tides etc but neither one of us felt like sitting around in the Motorhome waiting for better weather to get out and enjoy the sites. It was a joint decision to continue our journey so off we went heading South down highway 1 heading for the U.S. border and Spencerport New York.
THE HARBOR OF ST. JOHN AHEAD
LOOKS LIKE A COUPLE CRUISE SHIPS IN PORT
WE DISEMBARK THE FERRY THROUGH A BLUE GIRDER TUNNEL
SITTING IN THE FERRY PARKING LOT DECIDING WHAT TO DO WE WAVE ‘BYE BYE’ TO THE FUNDY ROSE AS SHE TURNS AROUND AND HEADS BACK TO DIGBY WITH ANOTHER LOAD OF PASSENGERS AND VEHICLES
This will be my last post for a few days because we won’t have our Bell internet service once we cross the border in the morning. We are parked for the night in a Canadian Tire parking lot in St. Stephan New Brunswick right at the border and decided it was too much of a hassle and expense to fire up our American Verizon internet account just for a couple days. I still plan to write a post each day and I’ll publish them once we arrive at Kelly’s Mother’s house in Spencerport maybe Thursday or Friday. We are anxious now to get home and get ourselves organized for the coming Winter. And as I write this tonight it is still windy, cold, and raining:((
HEADING DOWN A WET HIGHWAY 1 TOWARDS THE U.S. BOARDER AND THE STATE OF MAINE
My apologies to readers riding along with us hoping for a much better trip than what we’ve had. We know we’ve missed a lot of great sights and other RV’ers have and would have done things much differently but I guess we had to make this final journey to realize our long distance travels have come to an end after a dozen great years. I’ll write more about this when we get home and what our plans are for the future but I can tell you that we don’t plan to give up RVing just yet. Just the looooooong trips. Okay, see ya all again in a few days but let me leave you with a reader’s comment from a few days ago. He sums up very well just where Kelly and I are at right now…….. ‘Gene Siesky’ wrote “I can relate to your comment about lack of excitement as we age. I just returned from three weeks in Europe and even that lacked excitement for me. (But my excitement rose as the day approached to go back home.) I was fortunate to do my travels when I was younger and having the will and energy, hitting all 50 states by the age of 52, enjoying the drives back and forth across America, driving way into the night and putting on as many miles as I could within a day. Now as I approach 70, I find it quite pleasant to be home, enjoy everything about it, and not feeling like I am missing one damn thing”.
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Once upon a time, a man appeared in a village and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each.The villagers, knowing there were many monkeys, went to the forest and started catching them. The man bought thousands at $10 each and, as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort.He then announced that he would buy monkeys at $20 each. This renewed the villagers efforts and they started catching monkeys again.Soon, the supply diminished and people started going back to their farms. The offer increased to $25 each and the supply of monkeys became so scarce it was an effort to even find a monkey, let alone catch it!The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50 each! However, since he had to go to the big city on some business, his assistant would buy on his behalf.The assistant told the villagers, "Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that my boss has already collected. I will sell them to you at $35 and when my boss returns, you can sell them to him for $50."The villagers rounded up all their savings and bought all the monkeys for 700 billion dollars.They never saw the man or his assistant again, only lots and lots of monkeys!Now you have a better understanding of how the WALL STREET BAILOUT PLAN WORKED a few years ago!!
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