Cape Bre­ton pro­vided great mem­o­ries

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL - Rus­sell and Shirley Baker Har­ris­burg, Penn.

Be­fore we leave for Penn­syl­va­nia we wanted to share some thoughts of our re­cent and latest trip to Cape Bre­ton.

I should first note that we have been com­ing here for a num­ber of years af­ter our first visit ap­prox­i­mately a decade ago.

We then had such a won­der­ful time that we have come back ev­ery year since most of­ten in early sum­mer. This year we did the same.

Each year we visit our now very close friends, Mary and Lloyd Martin. This year they did some­thing very spe­cial for us and we wanted to share it with you and at the same time, pay spe­cial trib­ute to the ex­cep­tion­ally well done Canada Day cel­e­bra­tions at Mar­ion Bridge’s Mira Gala.

While our orig­i­nal plan was to leave in late June, Lloyd and Mary in­sisted we wait for the Mira Gala telling us that we would not be dis­ap­pointed. They were cer­tainly cor­rect in this re­gard.

We went to Mar­ion Bridge early on Canada Day vis­it­ing the friends — the Mac­Don­alds — who own a cot­tage along the Mira River. It served as our base for the day.

The Mira gala was an ex­cep­tion­ally well-or­ga­nized and fes­tive af­fair. The en­ter­tain­ment at var­i­ous venues, the abun­dance of food and drink and all of it capped off with what can only be de­scribed as a spec­tac­u­lar boat pa­rade and later fire­works dis­play. It was re­ally very spe­cial. But all this said, noth­ing matched the hos­pi­tal­ity of the vol­un­teers, lo­cal res­i­dents who we met and of course, the Mac­Don­alds, Wal­ter and Alice. It was from the back deck on their home that we watched the boats pass and wit­nessed the very an­i­mated fire­works dis­play.

Cape Bre­ton and Cape Bre­ton­ers never cease to dis­ap­point us. But all of this said, there was still more in store for us.

As you know our na­tional cel­e­bra­tions are very close in time to your own. We have al­ways cele- brated July 4. In stay­ing in Cape Bre­ton this year we had some reser­va­tions, know­ing we would miss our own cel­e­bra­tions. Lloyd and Mary know this and on July 4 they took us back to the Mac­Don­alds where there was a hosted sur­prise party cel­e­brat­ing In­de­pen­dence Day. There was a great turnout and the place was fes­tooned with red, white and blue bunt­ing. It was very mov­ing.

This will likely be our last visit to Cape Bre­ton. The years are tak­ing their toll and trav­el­ling is not quite as con­ve­nient as it a was in past years. For the past decade we have been treated to not only the spe­cial beauty of this land, but most es­pe­cially, to its won­der­ful peo­ple and their spe­cial qual­ity of hos­pi­tal­ity.

You, in par­tic­u­lar have helped make the twi­light years of two now aged Amer­i­cans all the bet­ter. We shall miss you and not be­ing able to come back to this spe­cial place.

On this, our last visit, we wanted to share these thoughts of ap­pre­ci­a­tion with you.

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