Hilden, Nova Scotia, Canada

(Written by Roland & Sandy Harris):
Today was a travel day from Cavendish, PEI to Hilden, Nova Scotia 153 miles  It was a beautiful, sunny day and was nice to see the nine mile long Confederation Bridge (which we could not see on the way to PEI due to fog).  Travel was uneventful (thank goodness).

Melitta in fire gearWe then settled in at Scotia Pines Campground, in Truro.  Our dinner was a delicious meal of pork chops, potato salad, beans, rolls, and strawberry shortcake prepared and served by the Hilden Fire Brigade.  After dinner we were allowed to look at the fire engines.  One of our own, Melitta Strandberg, was suited up and ready for action — Way to go Melitta!!

Loading up rafts for Tidal Bore(Written by Hollis & Sharon Harvey):
The next day, it was an early start for 17 of us who where going on the Tidal Bore Ride.  We gathered together at 6:15 a.m. and car pooled to the Shubenacadie Tidal Bore Rafting Company.  We were all given life jackets, and some of us decided to wear rain slicker too, as it was a cool overcast morning.  We trooped on down a road to the river and then down some stairs to the muddy(!!) landing to board the rafts.  These had outboard motors and there were eight of us plus a driver in each raft.  A few instructions were given and we proceeded down the river where there were sand bars all around.  We got stuck on one and two of the men and the driver got out and "unstuck" us.  Muddy HerbAs we headed down to the bridge we had crossed with our cars, our driver/guide pointed out landmarks, eagle nests and eagles.  When we were almost to the bridge he showed us the beginnings of the "bore".  Quickly the water started flowing upstream and then he took us to the waves, getting us as wet as possible with the warm water.  It was great fun.  The two men up front – Herb & Harvey – took the brunt of the waves.

Then near the end of the ride, he took us to the mudslide area – little hills gooey with mud.  The brave ones who went for the mud bath from our caravan were – Gloria, Margo and Herb. They seemed to have fun slipping and sliding.  They returned to the boat somewhat cleaned and we headed back to the dock.  We all went to the warm showers; refreshed we returned to the campground.

Fish fry potluckAt 5:00 p.m. we met at the picnic shelter, each bringing a dish toward the potluck, while Gloria was preparing the fish to fry.  The fish was delicious as were all the dishes everyone brought.  What a yummy meal! 

I forgot to mention the winner of the "Moose binoculars" was Herb for getting "Stuck in the mud" times two — RV at the last campground and at the tidal bore. 

After dinner we had a drivers meeting where we were given plans for the next day or two.

(Technical comment submitted by Herb Strandberg):
We are now far enough north and east that the automatic DirecTV Satellite dish positioner had troubles finding all three high definition satellites (101, 110 & 119 degrees).  Fortunately we found that it was possible to set it to just search satellite 101, since the other two are so low in the horizon.  One satellite 101, which carries most of the programming, we are getting a 74 signal — better than some spots in the USA!  We are still doing great with the Datastorm internet connection on satellite 91.

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