I’m going back to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia this fall.

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I don’t know how yet, but I’m going. A huge leap of faith. I spent most of September 2010 there and wrote about it here. It’s trite and clichéd to say a place grabs hold of your imagination, like when Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco, but that’s what happened.

Pic from me


Nowhere in Nova Scotia are you more than 35 miles (56 kM) from the ocean. It’s almost entirely around you, the scent of salt and brine is everywhere. It’s impossible to describe to a Minnesotan how exhilarating that is. It’s nothing like a freshwater lake.You will never see as many lighthouses in a row as you will when you drive the Lighthouse Route along the south shore.

photo from me

pic from me

There are mountains in any direction on Cape Breton; you are generally closer to a mountain than you are to the ocean. And along the Cabot Trail you will find some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. It kind of sucks living in a place without mountains.

pic from me

me again

This was the view out my motel window

And the people are the nicest, kindest, funniest, most welcoming people I’ve ever met. We in Minnesota brag about being “Minnesota Nice,” but Nova Scotians leave us in the dust. Especially Capers. We’re like a bunch of skeevy New Yorkers compared to them.

Did I mention seafood?

Did I mention music?

Did I mention whales?

yup, me again


So I’m going back. Haven’t figured out how yet, but it’s gonna happen. Call it a vision quest.


5 Comments on “I’m going back to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia this fall.”

  1. Tamyra says:

    I hope your quest comes to fruition, I think everyone should spend a lot of time at home, where ever that actually is.

  2. […] of September 2010 traveling around Nova Scotia, particularly Cape Breton. Discussed it here and here. This two-CD set was my constant traveling companion. I still play it at home and on the radio, as […]

  3. […] before the Minnesota winter sets in, and everything I spend on that gets diverted from my upcoming Vision Quest. Filthy avarice, pure and […]

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