This morning we car pooled to the little village of Baddeck. Our first stop was the Telegraph Hotel where we had a wonderful breakfast all on Yankee RV. The Hotel was built in 1861 and now is operated by the 5th generation of the Dunlop family. It once contained the office of the first Trans-Oceanic Cable Company. Some of the first telegraph messages in North America were sent from the office in the Telegraph House. The owner told us of his relative who played an active part in laying the cable over 3,000 miles across the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. All the furniture and décor was in the 1800s. Alexander Graham Bell always stayed in room #1 when he stayed here in the 1880s. The room has been preserved much in the same way it was back then. We can say we touched the bed that he slept in.
Baddeck is a very charming town with several cute shops. We did some shopping and then continued to the Alexander Graham Museum. Baddeck is where he choose to build his Canadian residence. The museum has many artifacts donated by his family. The museum showed his full life timeline and put it in perspective with what was going on throughout the world at the same time. There were several films explaining the different aspects of his life and his inventions. One film was of his daughter, who at the time of the film was probably in her 80s. She told amusing stories of her father, as she was growing up. The museum continued in telling of all of his inventions, working with the deaf, designing giant kites and much more. There was another film telling how he and his wife founded the AEA (Aerial Experiment Association) and with his fellow associates achieved Canada's first powered flight with their airplane the Silver Dart. In the film it told of Bell's connection with Glenn Curtis in Hammondsport, New York. Glenn Curtis was also a member of the AEA. The landscaping and flowers around the museum were beautiful and what a view out to the ocean with a lighthouse at a point.
Our next stop was the Great Hall of Clans and Tartans on the campus of the Gaelic College. When we arrived, a Scotsman dressed in a kilt was playing the bagpipes. We saw displays showing us the history and culture of Scotland from the early days to the present. If you were of Scottish descent, you could find your ancestral tartan. Unfortunately, the Great Hall that told about the tartans and the reason for the different colors, was closed because they were mopping the floors???? Needless to say, Doug and I didn't get much out of this stop.
Later this afternoon after we got back to the campground, we picked up Roxie and drove out to a lighthouse on a dead end road about 5 miles from the campground. It was not a working lighthouse but the view out to the ocean was breathtaking. The lupins are even more gorgeous now than when we were in Nova Scotia a week ago.