Today we drove along the coast to the Louisbourg Lighthouse:
The lighthouse is not unlike hundreds of others along the Atlantic coast, but this one seems more remote than most. It faces the open Atlantic along a very rocky and rugged coastline. We walked along the “hiking” path:
We took hundreds of photos – every turn revealed another remarkable vista:
As we watched the waves crash and the tides swell, I was struck by the thought that we are enjoying a few minutes of this awesome beauty, yet it has been going on like this 24 hours a day for millions of years… Very awe inspiring!
The hiking path followed the coast for about one mile; it was then interrupted by a stone beach; the sign said, “Path resumes beyond the stone beach”. We walked a few hundred yards across the stone beach – it was very difficult – 5″ and larger sharp stones – not much smaller. I’m sure Mr. Rainbow didn’t anticipate this when he designed and made my flip-flops…
When we reached the other end of the stone beach we discovered that the hiking path turned into a very small trail through the woods, away from the coast, and it was labeled “only for serious hikers”, which we are not. We are trekkers and walkers, not hikers, and we have the shoes to prove it. So we turned around and hobbled across the stone beach again, and returned to the lighthouse along the shore path. We ran into some of our caravanners, who are braver than we are:
It was an exiting morning. Unspeakable beauty. It seemed to us like we were standing at the end of the world…
We returned to the Villa, after stopping off to see the tall ships again. We found out that you can book a 2-3 week tour with these ships, to be part of the amateur crew. Pay big money and work really hard… Such a deal!
Back at the Villa we relaxed for the rest of the day… Most caravanners were out on various activities:
This evening was another new treat: We attended a show of local musicians playing Nova Scotia music. This music is a variation of Irish and Scottish folk music, but is a distinct version of it. Violin, keyboard, guitar, drums, and base, plus vocals. The Louisbourg Playhouse is quite an interesting place.
Based on London’s 1599 Globe Theatre, an open-air playhouse was constructed at the Fortress of Louisbourg by Walt Disney Studios for the motion picture “Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale”. The Fortress stood in for the village of Plymouth, MA. After filming wrapped up, the structure was donated to the city of Louisbourg and relocated to its current location, just off the main street of the town. Subsequently, the structure was remodeled, with a roof being added, along with back stage facilities. For such a small town it is quite an impressive facility. It is booked with shows all Spring, Summer, and Fall. This particular group was doing six weeks, six nights per week.
It was a fun time. Lots of toe-tapping. Best of all, afterwards, we could walk back to the campground; it had been raining, but the rain had died down by the time we left after the show. But it was foggy, and dark; we realized that we had not been out after dark for many weeks now…
So another day is done; an enjoyable time was had by all…
and the Louisbourg Playhouse