Saturday, August 15, 2009

Day 7 - Peggy's Cove

Day 7 - Friday the 14th

Golly, it's a full week since we left for our vacation already - it really doesn't seem like it's been that long at all.

Today, we're off to Peggy's Cove. It was another bright, sunny day and everyone was in Halifax for the Buskers Festival so it was the perfect opportunity to get out to Peggy's Cove before the crowds get worse.

It's about the 15th time I've been there over the last four decades, and it never gets old. Poppy, in particular, was quite energetic and bounding from rock to rock in a constant motion, so it was a challenge for me just to keep up with him and prevent him from going over the edge of a big rock here and there - after a while, he learned to settle down and let me go with him alongside, so I was able to show him the best ways to navigate safely while still undergoing the thrill of bouncing from rock to rock. A whole two hours of exploring the rocks built up a nice sweat before we called it quits and headed to the Sou'wester shop for a little souvenir shopping. Ashley got a nice seashell chain to hang from her bedroom window and Pene got a garnet slice chain, while the little boys were delighted with their new Webkinz pets.

After nearly three hours in total at Peggy's Cove, we decided to see if we could find a beach at Prospect Bay, but ended up going too far past the turnoff before we realized it, and with everyone feeling cooked from all the rocks, we elected to just head back to Halifax and go for a swim in the lake nearby the house instead. There's a lake right behind the Cunard Junior High school (I can't imagine having a lake right by a school where kids could sneak off during breaks) on Williams Lake Rd., and it's got a nice beach with lifeguards. We spent a hour there letting the kids go wild, then headed back home for a BBQ dinner. My stepmother never buys anything pre-made -- everything is from scratch, including bread and spices, and the burgers were no exception. It had nice seeds, spices, onions and a few other items in a perfectly formed burger. Finally, we wrapped up the evening with a pigfest at Dairy Queen.