Monday, July 18, 2016

Been Slackin' - Visited Arisaig Provincial Park

It seems blogging duties have been neglected lately.  Been enjoying time with family in PA and doing little projects here and there.

Let's see... Newfoundland did not let go of us easily.  Mother nature produced 150km (90mph) wind gusts the entire evening prior to our departure.  Little sleep was attained as we spent our evening awaiting Annie's 'lift-off' - which thankfully did not happen. 

We were due to depart on the 11:45 a.m. ferry.  All checked in at 8:30 a.m. and sitting in line - still blowing in the wind - we figured it was only one more hour until boarding / wind-free time.

Boarding time came and went.  And, went.  And.... WENT.  Still no ferry.  Still no boarding.

At 10:30 p.m. - 15 hours after it was due to arrive - our ferry docked and prepared to take us to Nova Scotia.  So, our plans to spend our ferry time watching whales and birds and appreciating the open water turned into an overnight experience with earplugs and pillows.

In the end, we were just thankful that our trip was the usual six hours and not the 21 hours that the folks prior to us had to experience.

In Nova Scotia, we made the decision to head back to the states by driving a few different roads and making two overnights and one planned stop. 

That stop was Arisaig Provincial Park.

It was a drizzling day but we made the walk down to the shore and took a few minutes to look for fossils.

           Arisaig is known for its wonderful fossil samples.  These are not fossils.

                         This is.  It is also the only fossil we saw on this day.

                                               A Trilobite, perhaps.

This area is one of North America’s most continuously exposed sections of Silurian rock, representing 4 million years of earth history.

                      The rain came and went as did the views along with it.

                               The last lighthouse we'll see for a while.

    Bet there are some great fossils being exposed as this waterfall erodes the rock.

       We were not the only ones braving the rain to enjoy a little outdoor time.

Sedges have edges.  Rushes are round.  Grasses are hollow.
What have we found?  No idea.  Still learning.

But, isn't it amazing when you get down to the macro level
how you can see the tiniest flower-like look of the fruit.

It was nice that the weather had begun to warm and we were seeing more critters.
                  We had been a tad too early to see them in Newfoundland.

                            This appears to be a Red-cross Shield Bug.

                        Still as a statue, we almost didn't see this cutie.


                                          Sweetfern Geometer Moth


                       This awesome trilobite-ish insect is a Woodlouse.


A day after our visit to Arisaig we re-entered the United States and made tracks for a visit with relatives in Pennsylvania.  Since then, we've been engaging in a well balanced mix of chillin', visitin' and getting lots of little projects done.