Oreo Cows in New Scotland

‘Tis hard to believe, but it’s been over two (long) months on the road.

We just left Nova Scotia, a Canadian province whose name means New Scotland. Before we left Los Angeles, we didn’t plan on going to Canada, much less Nova Scotia, which is so far away from LA it might as well be the old Scotland. In fact, Nova Scotia is farther away from LA than any contiguous USA location. It’s more northeast than Maine, which is already super far.

The most common comment we’ve been getting from strangers is: “You’re a long way from home.” Yes, we are. And they’re even more shocked that we drove. I had no idea people looked at car license plates so much.

How did we end up so far? When we got to Lake Superior, we wanted to continue east. The two choices were to go via the north shore (Canada) or the south shore (USA). Montreal and Quebec City seemed like nice places to see so we went with the Canadian route. After those cities, Nova Scotia appeared merely a bit further east, so we rolled on. Newfoundland tempted us, but we shut down that idea before it wandered too far. Plus it would’ve required a long ferry ride. It’s easy to keep going forever if you keep on thinking, Oh, it’s just a little further.

Nevertheless, I’m glad we visited Nova Scotia. It is the most beautiful region we’ve seen thus far. Here’s a photo of a pasture we passed by.

bulls charge

Yup. Nova Scotian humor. Hahaha.

You can’t see the cows that well in the photo, but they have broad swathes of white in the middle of their bodies. At first I thought they was shaved or painted, but later I found out they’re actually Galloway cows, a breed originally from Scotland. Sometimes they’re called Oreo cows, as in the cookie. Cute. Friggin’ Nova Scotia, even their cows are quaint.

Upcoming post … slurpin’ on delightful Nova Scotian foreskins.

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donkeh
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Donkeh lives in a tiny barn in the City of Angels. He recently self-pubbed his debut novel, “Morocco, Maybe.” He is working on a scifi thriller.

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  • Yep, a short ferry to Newfoundland, and then, really, just a hop, skip and a jump to Greenland and an easy-peasy jaunt to Iceland, then the Faroes, the Shetlands, Norway, Sweden… Criminy, Donkeh, if the Vikings could do it, YOU can do it!

    Sounds like an AWESOME trip. I’m jealous.

  • Yup, the proverbial slippery slope. You trip in LA, and the next thing you know, your face is flat on the ground of Istanbul.

    Don’t be jealous. I’m miserable on this trip.

    Speaking of The Vikings … I can’t wait to see what Rolo is gonna do next season!

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