5 May Portsmouth, New Hampshire
6-7 May Saint John, New Brunswick
8 May Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
9-12 May Wolfville, Nova Scotia
13-16 May Halifax, Nova Scotia
17 May Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
18-19 May Moncton, New Brunswick
20-21 May Alma, New Brunswick
22-23 May St Andrews, New Brunswick
Thursday 5 May 2022--It seems a bit oblivious to complain about not being
able to travel these past two years. A world-wide pandemic has cost countless
lives. Cities in Ukraine have been destroyed. We like to complain, but there are
always people worse off, a lot worse off. Indeed, I'm well aware how fortunate I
am to have retired before it all went pear-shaped (as the Brits say). I didn't lose
my job, my savings, my home. I didn't die, or even get sick. I'm having some
physical issues now, but I am not a cancer survivor, as several of my friends are.
Nonetheless, I feel I've been waiting a long time to get traveling again, all I've wanted to do in retirement. I'm happy to be headed out today on a trip to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. I thought about going to either Cape Breton or the Magdalen Islands, but in the end scaled it back a bit, not least because I'm not sure what I'm physically capable of. It will be a circuit of the Bay of Fundy, with a side visit to Halifax, a city I haven't seen in more than a dozen years.
In keeping with tempered ambitions, I've planned an easy first day, just a couple hours' drive to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (I'm actually staying in Kittery, Maine.) Part of the reason for this is because I know I have a hard time getting out the door on the first day, and want to eliminate the pressure to get anywhere far. But the biggest reason is because I want to visit my old friend Scott, whom I have not seen in a long time. (Since he came along to Scotland, in 2010? Can that be right?) We visit a couple of taprooms, Liars Bench and Loaded Question, within walking distance of his house in Portsmouth, and catch up on things. Our lives have diverged quite widely since we were roommates in Northampton in the early '80s. The years fly.