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North America » Canada » New Brunswick » Fundy National Park October 19th 2013

Today we got to Fundy National Park in New Brunswick. It was a 4 hour drive from Lunenburg. When we got there it was about 6:00 so we just set up camp and made supper, after dinner we went to bed. The first full day there we stayed at camp and did school work because we were tired from doing so much in the days before. The second day, Mom and I went to a mushroom walk. I liked it! The researchers were really informative. When it was over we went for a kayak on a little lake, it was hard yet fun, we were pooched. Once we got back and put the kayaks on the car it started to rain. When we got back to the camp it started to pour. At camp we hid ... read more
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North America » Canada » New Brunswick » Fundy National Park September 25th 2013

We got to Fundy National Park late in the day but we still had enough time to set up, make supper and try to go see the stars. They have a dark sky designation and a big portable telescope, but the sky wasn't cooperating; it was full of clouds. Still we had a great conversation with the park people and went to sleep full of ideas for the next few days. I thought the park would be functioning at minimum but they did have activities set up all weekend. Jacob and I went to the fungi foray. A number of experts walked with us on a trail along a beautiful stream and then waterfall. The experts helped us see the diversity of fungi all around us. Then mushrooms started catching everyone's eye everywhere. We got to ... read more
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North America » Canada » New Brunswick » Grand Manan September 23rd 2013

September 23, 2013 The weather cooperated so today found us on Grand Manan Island after all. On our way to Black's Harbor, NB, to catch the ferry we took a detour in St. John to take a better look at the "Reversing Falls." I won't go into the physics here, but it's quite interesting. We had read that to bring the car on the ferry it was a "no reservation, first come, first served" type of thing. But when we got there we found you COULD make a reservation and we were put into a line of vehicles labeled "no reservation." But, we did get on, along with many construction workers and maybe four other tourists, it's pretty late in the season for this vacationland. It was a 90 minute beautiful ride and we are so ... read more
Grand Manan Island
Grand Manan Island
Reversing Falls, Saint John, NB

North America » Canada » New Brunswick » Saint John September 22nd 2013

September 22, 2013 Drove off the Atlantic Vision ferry in North Sydney around 9:30 AM, gaining a half hour by arriving back in Nova Scotia. The 16 hour ferry crossing from Newfoundland was smooth and our cabin berths were very comfortable, we both slept well. Got a note from Joe's sister saying that his mom said that Joe was in Gander, Newfoundland, on a flight refueling stop on their way to Europe in 1951. So this was Joes' second trip to Newfoundland. In Baddeck, Nova Scotia, we stopped at the Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site. This was his summer home and there are about 15 acres of beautiful grounds devoted to Bell. We stopped in the town of Pictou to look at the high quality knives that are made there. Joe has been seeing these McDonald's ... read more
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Cool Cafe in Pictou, NS

North America » Canada » New Brunswick » Edmundston September 17th 2013

With a long drive ahead of us to get to Amherst Shore provincial park in Nova Scotia, we got up early and hit the local Timmy’s before heading out. After taking an incredible amount of time to steep tea we finally head out of there and immediately discover the Macdonald’s that we should have went to instead. While sneaking around the back of the building and hurriedly reading a sign that said Entrée Interdit, I almost ran into a truck coming OUT of the drivethru. Backing up quickly into an open parking space, I was cursing and wondering why the word Entrée would be on an exit. We walked in to get our food and left perplexed. Later Vicki looked it up and it means Entrance Prohibited. For F$#$^& sakes. After that it was drive, drive, ... read more

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North America » Canada » New Brunswick » Shediac September 8th 2013

We hated to leave our great motel in Bathurst, best room we've had the entire trip and nicest owner ever. As we drove around the pretty Acadian peninsula, we learned a lot of the Acadian history from the friendly locals that were happy to visit with us. I won't make you learn it too, but I will just say that the British sure treated the French Acadian people terribly in the 1700's and they were strong and survived. In this area of New Brunswick, the Acadian people are extremely proud of their heritage and almost every home flies the special Acadian flag and the homes are often decorated with other Acadian ornaments, banners, and colors. We thought once we got out of Quebec that we'd be done with the French language. But, in this part of ... read more
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North America » Canada » New Brunswick » Bathurst September 7th 2013

September 7, 2013 We had one last good day on the Gaspesie Peninsula. In 1999, the National Geographic Society listed 50 "Places of a Lifetime" and on this list were the usual icons such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Pyramids. Then in 2009, they created another 50 places this time with an emphasis on authenticity, uniqueness and sustainability. The Gaspesie Peninsula was on that list. We had no idea what to expect when we began the drive but we are certainly glad we did it and would do it again if we didn't have 81 more places on those lists to see! Once again, we had breakfast in our motel owner's home then we were on the road again. Our highlight today was a long visit to the Site Historique du Banc-de-Peche-de-Paspebiac in the ... read more
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North America » Canada » New Brunswick September 1st 2013

After an interrupted night's sleep we departed Portland Maine early and travelled north via I95. What a lovely road flanked either side by deciduous and evergreen trees Not a lot of traffic on the roads as it is a holiday weekend. The roads in New Brunswick are relatively new and well manicured with electric fences. Possibly to keep the Moose off the roads. The old road is still there in pieces but all of the bridges have collapsed. We did come across a great lake with many islands, Digdeguash, leading into the Bay of Fundy. Looked similar to Thai islands without the mystique. The weather has yet to be bright sunshine but is at least fine and very warm 75 degrees. The overnight stay was in St John NB and the local Italian restaurant meal was ... read more
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North America » Canada » New Brunswick » Fredericton August 13th 2013

I put Jacob on the plane on Saturday; first solo flight, and he was a pro. I stayed in Ottawa to catch up on details. I had a lovely final dinner with Gary and Louise, where Gary and I drank too much scotch, and we all decided that they would join Jacob and I in Peru for the Machu Picchu tour. Monday, I got on the road again heading to St Johns Newfoundland. I continue to travel only 5-6 hours a day so I can choose the slower highways and get to campgrounds early. I left late, so I took the fast road to just past Quebec. I was disappointed at Pointe Aux Oies, the camp site was minuscule. Thank goodness I had brought the solo tent, it was the only one that fit. Regardless, I ... read more
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North America » Canada » New Brunswick » Saint John July 19th 2013

"Every little thing she does is magic Everything she does just turns me on Even though my life before was tragic Now I know my love for her goes on" With our first listening to The Police getting us out the door, we started from North Sydney NS to St. John NB. We found it interesting to watch the ferry ready itself for disembarkation. A giant panel in what had appeared to be a featureless fron below the bridge swung open, a ramp lifted into place, and a portion of the bow including the flagstaff swung upward and out of the way, making it possible to disembark vehicles on two levels (only one had been available in Argentia). Today was just a Point A to Point B day, with a re-tracing of roads we had driven ... read more




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