AUGUST 15TH, 2008
Today we had to pick one of two choices. After having left late on our trip, and having spent several days in several ports, it had become obvious that we were not going to make it to the south coast of Newfoundland. Now we must decide whether to continue in a rapid manner up the coast of Nova Scotia to the Bra D'Or Lakes or else just start working our way back while taking our time and exploring the southwest coast of Nova Scotia in detail. We chose the more rapid survey of the Atlantic coast and the Bra D'Or Lakes so that we would have a better idea what to expect the next time we visited.
So we rose early and set off leaving Halifax and the southwestern coast behind. The coast below Halifax runs in a southwest to northeast direction. The coast above Halifax runs in a more east and west direction and is more remote. The prevailing wind is normally from the southwest due to the annual "Bermuda High".
As we motored out of Halifax harbour (the Canadians spell harbor the old English way) we passed some fortifications left over from the wars.
As usual we experienced the usual "mix" of sun and clouds often found along the coast. The cold Labrador current meets the warm Gulf Stream off shore resulting in high humidity levels.
Once again we got to sail a large part of the day and finally anchored in Sheet Harbour Passage. A fellow who has a house ashore came out to greet us and also offered to take us to the store if necessary. The openness and friendliness of the Nova Scotians never ceases to amaze us.