The Day Before Sable

So the last few days have been a blur of researching, forming relationships, and preparing for Sable Island. Tomorrow I know is definitely Tuesday. I double-checked the calendar. Tuesday is the day we plan to we fly out to Sable Island. Fingers crossed we have good enough conditions to land on the island!

On Friday I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Dan Conlin, curator of the Maritime Museum. Dan’s interests lay in the historical aspect of the island and it’s shipwrecks.

After interviewing Dan I made my way to the Nova Scotia Archives for another adventure of discovering past memories. I scrolled through dozens of microfilms to collect more information on Sable Island.

Saturday we visited the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park to see the two remaining horses of descendants of horses brought from Sable during the 70’s. Although some features resembled those of the Sable Island horses, if I didn’t already know they were from Sable Island, I don’t think I would have made that connection on my own.

I had Jeff and Ritchie convince me to wake up at 5am Sunday morning to photograph the sunrise at Peggy’s Cove. When they arrived that morning, Jeff made a comment that he told his daughter to never get in a dark truck with two strange men at the dead of morning (like I was currently doing with them)! It was the first time I met Jeff and Ritchie, although Jeff and I have spent several months chatting online about our trip to Sable Island. Peggy’s Cove was wonderful to explore in its undisturbed state, although I was half awake for most of the morning.

We dined at Heart & Thistle Gastropub, where I had my first taste of lobster since arriving in Nova Scotia. I had Lobster Mac and Cheese. Very classy, I know.

We had a great group of people all together for dinner. It was wonderful to be surrounded by new friends that all shared a common love of Sable Island. We had a mixture of tourists and locals all talking about the wonders of Sable Island. We shared various stories of the magical island we’d heard of or exaggerated about. Laurie kept mentioning, “don’t let the truth stand in the way of a good story”. We all got a kick at his enthusiastic storytelling abilities!

Today was spent exploring the province and preparing for Sable Island. It still feels surreal that I’ll be flying out to Sable tomorrow. It’s such a life altering opportunity to be visiting this magical place. I can’t wait to share Sable with you all. I realize there is a lot of work ahead, and I’m looking forward to every minute of it.

I will be interviewed by Don Connolly from CBC radio Halifax at 6:20am on Tuesday. I’m not looking forward to the early day, but feel very blessed to have this opportunity. It will be my first radio interview I get to be in studio for too!

I have faith that we will arrive on Sable tomorrow, but if we don’t, that is just the way it is. I know we will get out sometime this week. The plan tomorrow is radio interview, fly out to Sable Island, and interview both Terry and April Hennigar.

Due to the location and remoteness of Sable, I most likely won’t be able to post as many updates as I originally intended. I’ll be sure to let you know we’ve arrived safely, and will be sure to post lots of updates when we return from Sable Island on Monday September 9th.

Thank you all for being part of my dream. Tomorrow officially marks the day the dream takes flight. Thanks to Maritime Air Charter for literally making this dream take flight!

Sable Island is one sleep away!!!!!!! Time to sleep, or at least try to. All the best,

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