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We never envisioned traveling to Baddeck where Alexander Graham Bell (the inventor of the telephone) who changed the world, resided.

DSC05714-1600x1067Baddeck is located on the Cabot Trail which is situated in the top left hand corner of Cape Breton. The trail is a world re-known drive and today’s tiki tour by car had us exposed to a choppy ocean seascape, mountainous hikers paradise, and Canada’s largest inland sea – the Bras d’Or Lake.

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We did however, envisage cycling it and from the bit of the map we drove, thank god we didn’t! The Kelly Mountain incline where altitude rose 240 metres over a 7 kilometre distance would have brought out the best of the worst in us.

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Our accommodation was for the first time this adventure in a dorm hostel. Six bunks, twelve bunk beds in a confined open space. It was magic.

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DSC05746-1600x1067We met a number of travelers who were on the Cabot Trail hiking and to listen to stories of Bear and Eagle encounters made us a little jealous that we were missing such by doing it by car. It was like we were camping sitting under the amp of a lightbulb telling bunk room bed time stories except no marshmellows being roasted …. just the drift off to noddy land under the influence of conversation.

Speaking of chat, we frequented a restaurant and sat beside a couple who spoke the local Gaelic/French/Aboriginal lingo. I realised this after I asked if they were Irish. They were residents of Cape Breton. Whoops! Apologies to the Irish … a couple in the bunk room were from Ireland later that evening so there is a distinct difference. I’d had a beer at the restaurant and was stone sober in the bunk room to have better hearing.

I wonder if Alexander Graham Bell ever had the vision for his invention of the telephone?

Where the conversation over a wire would become one of a video conversation over the cloud. Where each conversationalist can be on either side of the planet. Where the technology has made the world a smaller place.

We never envisioned traveling to Baddeck where Alexander’s invention changed the world.

Our world.

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Where the world we are experiencing, is absolutely ringing. With all the bells and dings.