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Published: October 30th 2019
Greetings from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. We are now 2 hours ahead of you in the time zone. It is late. I am tired. We had a long day today. We woke-up and decided we should do a little tour or something today. We were busy today. The boat docked here around 10:30am and we were in line to get off the boat by 11am. We walked to the City Market. It was cool to see but it was also located up the steepest street in Canada (for reals). Yikes what a climb that turned-out to be. After touring that area, we walked back down and decided to have a 1:30pm drink at a local lobster café/pub because we weren’t hungry. At 2pm, we caught a tour we purchased when we got off the boat. We visited an odd area of the Bay of Fundy… they explained it to us but I’m not sure I understood why but basically, every afternoon, the river flows backwards for 60 miles… and that is just what was happening while we were there. We then went out of the city about 20 or 30 minutes and visited a park with a waterfall. We stopped
somewhere along the way to see a covered bridge. According to our guide, this area of Canada has lots of covered bridges and teenagers are always kissing in them. We then visited the lobster fisherman’s wharf. This was interesting. A lobster license is $850,000 and once you buy it, it’s your license for life. You can pass the license down to your family members for as many generations as you would like. At this point, Canada is no longer issuing any lobster licenses so they are even more valuable and the lobsterman basically have control over their own profession. Recently, a retiring lobsterman sold his boat and his license for $1.5 million at a sorta “auction” at the wharf. Each providence in Canada is allowed to catch lobster during certain months. Saint John’s season is November 17th
through sometime in January. Each lobster license allows you up to 300 traps but they *must* be checked every 2 days which means they work very long hours in very cold, abrasive conditions for three months straight. We also learned it takes 5 to 7 years for a lobster to weigh one pound. A two pound lobster, for example, is 10 to 14 yrs
old. They caught a 44 pound lobster in this bay (and of course put it back). Our guide said that lobster was over 100 years old by their calculations.
We also went to the beach. If you find a rock with a quartz circle all around it you are supposed to make a wish and throw the rock with your right hand over your left shoulder. You can also carry the rock around and make all the wishes you want. Our guide told us a touching story about a wish that came true in her family. Kamie found one and made a wish. I found one and made a prayer/wish. We both brought one home. Lord knows we can use all the help we can get these days.
We (me more than Kamie) are watching the World Series as I type this.
I hit over 10,000 steps on my step watch today. I got ready for bed tonight and realized I was close so I walked up and down in our cabin for a few times and hit 10,014 the last I looked. Frankly, I’m exhausted. I sit down 11+ hours
a day most days (working) and it shows.
Tot: 2.06s; Tpl: 0.15s; cc: 13; qc: 27; dbt: 0.0413s; 1; m:saturn w:www (184.108.40.206); sld: 2;
; mem: 1.3mb