Today we woke up and headed to the Cabot trail. It was hot as hell outside but I couldn’t wait to get to the beach. The first time I was here, I was 3 years old and horrified of the ocean.
After hours of saying “nope”, my mom showed me how much fun it can be to try to race the waves to the shore. We would go out Knee depth then sprint for the shore when mom yelled GO. Since that day I’ve loved the ocean. I love the waves, the salt, the brisk air. Everything about it feels right. Thanks mom!
Then today was solid dose of nostalgia.
We started the day with a flat tire. Lost 2 hours while we looked for somewhere to get it fixed and 2 hours later we arrive at Ingonish beach. Erin was tired, she hasn’t been feeling great this week and was in a bit of a bad mood. After I parked the car and got changed Erin informed me that she wont be going in the water.
Now, this is probably a totally reasonable thing, but for some reason it kind of pissed me off. Maybe because this place has sentimental for me. Because I was really looking forward to spending a few hours in the water with her. This led to an argument and the silent treatment on both our parts. So, I picked up the camera and start snapping some pictures of the beach and go walk in the water. It’s cold as ice and the scenery is beautiful… I guess that’ll have to do for today. Then I resign myself to taking a nap on the beach.
I wake up half an hour later, and Erin has gone for a walk with her feet in the water. She’s still grumpy though. Then for some reason she decides we came all this way, might as well go in. She throws on her Bikini and we head to the water. (god damn my wife looks amazing in a bikini)….
We grumpily start walking out… Its kind of awkward, and I can tell Erin senses it. At which point something clicks in her, She splashes me, a wave hits us both, she cracks a smart-ass joke, and bingo, there’s my girl!
Me and my sassy sexy wife, in the ocean, in a bikini… Go time!
We throw each other around in the waves, laugh like little kids, we see a fish. Erin yells “AHH a fish!”. I laugh at Erin.. Erin splashes me and dunks my head. It was good times. May have even been a little bit of grab ass. The rest of the day is amazing. We end up at some fish shack in wherever the hell Cape Breton, we order the “fisherman’s platter”… Because… you know… I don’t like seafood but I’m here so I’ll give it a shot. Everything deep-fried was amazing! Lobsters and Crabs however, taste like they look. No thanks!
3 hours and about 400 Facebook photos later we realize there is a 2-hour drive ahead, over moose infested roads with no streetlights. With only 40 minutes of sunlight to do it in. Luckily we made it safe and sound!
If your ever on Cape Breton and need an affordable great place to stay. Anne is an awesome host. She is also a wonderful breakfast cook!
PS. … if you plan to do the Cabot Trail, this place is amazing.You probably want to spend a significant amount of time lying on the beach and there is so much food, so many attractions, too many waterfalls, hiking trails, and whales to watch. You need a good 3 days.