From our tidal bore experience in Moncton, New Brunswick we were now on the road to another pet sitting assignment in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.
We drove 340 kms to be warmly welcomed by Mike and Tara and their teenage twins, Sophia and Max. We got the low down on their pets and home and enjoyed a lovely supper with them before they headed off the next morning for Spring Break in New York City.We were here for eight nights to care for Eddie, the mixed breed rescue dog from The Bahamas and Max’s leopard geckos, Luna and Adrea. We had a great week in Bridgewater with mostly fine weather and just a couple of days of rain. The family lived directly across the road from a loving big park with large pond and many trails to explore and walk Eddie. The pond still had some ice on top but it certainly wasn’t thick enough to skate on. There was still plenty of snow around in amongst the thick of the trees but the rain and slightly higher temperatures were starting to clear some of the exposed areas. We managed to get along to the movies too, Lincoln was especially excited as ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ had not long been released. As usual we went on their cheap night but tickets and snacks still cost us $66.25 CAD/$73.62 NZD.
One fine day we headed into Halifax (about 100kms away) to look around and wander the Harbourwalk. It was still a low 4 degrees but a beautiful sunny day with not a cloud in the sky.We walked most of the boardwalk to get to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and learnt more of Halifax’s maritime history. The boys were given some activity sheets to find items around the museum and answer some questions. These are very helpful ways to keep them interested and to absorb more of the information. It didn’t take much to interest Braxton as he already knew from his previous and intensive Titanic research that Halifax played a part after this maritime disaster, hence why he wanted to visit here. It was the closest major port to the location of the sinking and while survivors were taken to New York, those that didn’t make it were taken to Halifax. Of the bodies that were recovered, only 59 were shipped out by train to their families, the remaining victims were buried in three Halifax cemeteries. We also learnt of the 1917 “Halifax Explosion”…. two vessels collided in a strait in the upper Halifax Harbour, one being a French cargo ship laden with high explosives. The impact shattered benzol barrels stored on deck that leaked vapors which were ignited by sparks from the collision. This set off a fire on board that quickly grew out of control, the crew jumped ship and approximately 20 minutes later, the Mont-Blanc exploded. Approximately 2,000 people were killed by the blast, debris, fires or collapsed buildings, and an estimated 9,000 others were injured. Another great learning day for the whole family and at this time of year (March) a family pass was only $11.85 CAD/$13.17 NZD.With the family on their return leg from New York we packed up and said our ‘goodbyes’ to more beautiful animals we have had the pleasure of looking after. We were heading towards America ourselves, gearing up to start racking up those driving miles again as we made our way to the west coast, visiting a few places we missed the last time and making a couple of re-visits.
Average Daily Spend for 8 nights – $107.44 NZD ($122.56 under budget per day)
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