End of season

Scot Free III
Frank & Anne
Mon 18 Oct 2021 13:56
The weather has turned. Overcast with light showers and strong winds advisory for later. Drove into Cape Breton Highlands National Park, a vast area in the north of the island, to the Skyline trail, a 9km, 3 hour loop to a lookout at the coast.
Numerous warnings about moose, coyote and black bears. So many noisy people and drones around, no self respecting animal would have ventured anywhere near the trail. Freshish droppings and moose tracks were the closest we got to a sighting.

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No coastal pics, as too many people. In retrospect, choosing another of the many trails would have been preferable.
Set off for coffee and cake at a bakery- closed, despite online details to the contrary.
Drove past Tartans and Treasures- open but sadly no refreshments. More Scottish out here than in Scotland!

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Continued on to our cabin in Ingonish Beach. Helpful owner gave us a drop of milk for morning coffee and tea as all shops closed. Recommended restaurant across road-open until 7:30. Went soon after 6 just in case- closed. They’d run out of food. Had to drive back down the road for takeaway pizza. Someone standing in line complaining the Motel & Restaurant where they were staying, had run out of food. The only other local pizza restaurant had run out of toppings. Ours had only run out of croutons for the Caesar salad. Delicious pizza and our children would be proud - a couple of slices left over for breakfast! A first for us.
Can’t blame Brexit out here, Covid partly to blame with businesses not having opened up and those that have, are short staffed, but also to do with the good weather prolonging the season, whilst businesses are winding down.
Les suêtes, the strong south easterly foehn like winds which affect the west coast of Cape Breton arrived with a vengeance in the evening, with torrential rain throughout the night.
Still raining this morning.

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