So we all (ok, a good amount of us) have the usual way of celebrating Thanksgiving. Family. Food. And turkey. Lots and lots of turkey.
My Thanksgiving tradition is a bit different. Yes, we have the turkey. And the family is around. Oh, and Mom’s pumpkin pie. Yum.
Several years ago, my family started doing something extra. We basically pack up some cars (sometimes there’s five, sometimes there’s two), with food and family and take a mini road trip. And some of us doing something that gets the attention of any tourists. Which is something I started. 😛 (More on that in a bit 😛 )
Since my niece is getting married this weekend (which I so can’t wait for!) some of us took our little road trip yesterday. The only downside: my cam was basically dead when we started. Boo.
I live in Cape Breton, which is home of stunning scenery, especially along the Cabot Trail. We take in some of this on our road trip.
First thing is a drive towards Kelly’s mountain and a turn off to Englishtown to catch the ferry for a two minute ride.
Then we start stopping off at various shops. (There are a lot of artisans around here!)
One of these stops took us to ‘Sew Inclined’. The owner makes and sells some funky, cool, and stunning hats. She let us try some on. One made us laugh, while another I really wanted to buy. The owner is a sweet, chatty lady with great talent behind her!
We continued on and began the drive up Smokey mountain. It is a twisty drive and there is a great view of the ocean.
After our stop on Smokey, we continue to Ingonish. We found a spot that has ‘our’ tree.
Before the pictures we had some grub! There was some great eats, and my mom’s carrot cake was my dessert. 🙂
My FAVORITE part came next. The event I was looking forward to since last October. The thing we do that grabs attention from tourists.
See this wonderful sandy beach? See those waves? See that wooden pathway?
I ran down it, and straight into the water!!!
If you don’t live around here, then you don’t know that swimming this time of year-especially the ocean!- isn’t common.
A tourist, a very sweet lady who was wearing a coat and scarf, laughed and said she would take a couple of photos for me while I waited for the others to change. She didn’t think my run would end with me actually getting into the water.
I enjoy watching the bundled up tourists have a laugh or looked shocked. Yesterday we were asked if we were from Alaska. Nope, we just have Cape Breton blood in our veins. 😉
This isn’t everyone’s Thanksgiving, but it’s mine. And I wouldn’t change a thing about it. ❤