This week's edition of Throwback Thursday brings us to the Canadian Maritimes. In September 2008, I first stepped foot on the shores of Nova Scotia (a place I wanted to visit ever since I was a young lad) after taking a ferry from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. On this photo taken while walking around Yarmouth, I encountered some of the different types of road signs that you'll find within the province. The route shields that look similar to U.S. route shields are for Nova Scotia Trunk Routes 1 and 3, which are provincial highways. the NS 101 and NS 103 shields are for highways that are more similar to the Eisenhower Interstate System in the U.S., although Nova Scotia includes a mix of freeways and other limited access highways.
Great news for those that enjoy National Parks, West Virginia's New River Gorge Region, or West Virginia tourism. Included within the Fiscal Year 2021 Omnibus Appropriations Bill signed by President Trump last night (December 27th) is the New River Gorge Park and Preserve Designation Act. The act will designate the existing New River National River and over 72,000 acres of land within it as a National Park and Preserve. The New River Gorge Bridge will continue to be the centerpiece of the new New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. (Adam Prince, 2007) The river and surrounding land, which was added to the National Park System in 1978, will be our 63rd National Park. The designation preserves over 7,000 acres as a National Park. This area will not allow any hunting. The remaining 65,000 acres of the existing park will be designated as a preserve allowing hunting and fishing. The main attractions to the New River Gorge - whitewater rafting, camping, hiking, mountain bikin