A nice start to the day at Lower Mazinaw Lake, Ontario, Canada.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Ottawa, Canada.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Reuniting with Max in Germany on October 1st.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Freeport, on Long Island

Yesterday morning after we left the lighthouse we headed back into Digby and bought $100 worth of gas. That was about a third of a tank. $1.359 per litre, about $5.00 per gallon. Oh well, such is the life we lead. Then, we stopped in to get a 4 litre (slightly more than a gallon) jug of milk, but they wanted $7.69. This sure is an expensive part of the world. We still had some boxes of Mexico milk, so we’ll use that until we can get milk here for under $7.00.

Then we headed out the Digby Neck. This narrow stretch of land goes for about 60 kms (36 miles) and ends with a short ferry ride to Brier Island. We also had to take another ferry to Long Island.

Here come's our ferry boat!

Once on Long Island, we drove about 4 kms (2.6 miles) to the parking area for the Balancing Rock Trail. (GPS 44.36788 -66.23577) The parking lot was actually roped off, but someone was there just before us and had dropped the rope down so they could park. So we took advantage of that and pulled in as well. The trail was only 2.5 kms (1.5 miles) round trip, and Whiskey had no problem doing it, including the 235 steps at the end. She seems much better now that she's not taking the incontinence medication. 

This chunk of rock has been sitting like this for as long as anybody knows. It really is amazing that with all the big windstorms that come through here it hasn’t fallen over.

The view out our side window this morning.

We made it to the Brier Island ferry, but decided to not cross over until today. So last night we found a nice little spot in a parking area overlooking a fishing boat harbour. (GPS 44.26587 -66.32627). Nice spot for any size rig, although there were a couple of pickup trucks belonging to fishermen when we woke up this morning. Still lots of room though. It was really windy again last night, but not as cold. Not a cloud in the sky so far today, so it sure is nice to see the sun shining!

Another short drive, only 75 kms (47 miles) or so.


  1. Wow that's an interesting rock for sure!

    Happy Earth Day!


  2. Okay, I'll quit whining about just south of $4/gallon. Easier to give up milk than gasoline, and apparently it's a bigger savings that way, too.

    The Good Luck Duck

  3. what an interesting spit of land...that rock rocks! too bad it looks so cold!...cold here too...canada is having a hard time getting out of the deep freeze this year.....

  4. Glad to hear Whiskey is doing better. The picture of the rock is to cool.If gas is that high what do the ferry's cost? Have fun

  5. Wow, that’s an outstanding shot of the “Balancing Rock”, very cool! I am afraid I would give up Milk at those prices.

    Happy to see that Whiskey is better too!


  6. Great pictures of the rock, Am I right in assumng that the Long Island you are referring to is a Canadian Island, and not the one across from Connecticut. That would be a long ferry ride. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  7. That balancing rock is kinda cool.So many interesting sights to see. Gas here in Ontario is about the same price and milk not much cheaper, glad we don't tour too much in Ontario a tank full will probably last 5-6 weeks, even the price of alcohol is a shock once again after being away. But at least we don't have to pay for camping all summer. Enjoy your travels.

  8. WBY...It was a pretty cool looking rock.

    Roxanne...They are both like gold here.

    mermaid gallery...I think you're right. Doesn't look like Canada will have spring this year. At least it was sunny yesterday.

    Kenny and Angela...The ferries are actually quite reasonable. First one was $6.26 return and and second was $5.25 return.

    John and Ellen...You would love the trails out here. Sorry, can't give up milk. Just glad we didn't have to bring up Alex out here. He went through lots of milk.

    Sam and Donna...Yes, that is Long Island, NS. The ferry would have been long and expensive if it was the one in NY.

    George and Suzie...Yep, sure are missing the prices on things in the States and Mexico. We just can't afford to live fulltime in Canada anymore.

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey

  9. We have spents lots of time in that area and have camped overnight on the wharf where you catch the ferry to Brier Island. It's a wonderful getaway! The food at Lavena's Catch Cafe is DELISH!!!
    If you have a chance to go to Whale Cove Campground on Digby Neck, be sure to meet the owner, Vaughn Tidd. He is an absolute gem and you won't regret your stop (even if you don't stay). Meeting the LobsterMan is a must! :o) We took all the folks out there on our Nova Scotia caravan last year.
    Enjoy your time out there. We love it!
    Hope to see you soon! We are slowly and surely getting settled. We'll be in touch! Paula and Jerry

  10. ps Also meant to say how wonderful it is that Whiskey made such a great recovery! Hooray! P & J

  11. Paula and Jerry...We love it here at Brier Island. Lots of hiking to do. We will come back in the summer for a week. Lavena's is closed at the moment along with most other places. I guess it is still too early in the season. Whiskey says hi to you and says she is a happy camper with lots of energy again. We'll meet up with you soon.

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey


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