Our journey continues
Journal Page 20
Index of Stops Oct. 1, 2008 to Oct. 9, 2009
Maine, New Brunswick, CA, Nova Scotia, CA and Prince Edward Island CA
Prince Edward Island and Maine Travels Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2008
Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island Travels Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2008
Nova Scotia Traves Oct. 4 to 6, 2008
Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Travels Oct 1 to Oct 4 2008
Oct 1, 2008 leaving Maine
It was a drizzly day, but we got off without any problems. After staying in one place for a while you forget the little things when getting on the way. The first time I had to open the refrigerator everything came out at me – oops, I forgot to put the shelf barriers in. Also I forgot to anchor the salt and pepper shakers and the butter dish – double oops. We had to stop in Sabattus, ME for a scheduled oil change (the nearest RV shop), but were on our way again in a couple of hours. In Maine the trees are just starting to change, but the further north we got the more they had turned color. The terrain was scattered with “gentlemen farms” - lush and green with beautiful well kept up large homes. We then got into thick woods that you couldn't begin to penetrate and with the changing colors were absolutely beautiful. For over 100 miles the only signs of civilization were the road signs and after a while it zoned you out. We got to the Canadian border and were pulled out to do a complete search. Bob had to put down the jacks and put all 4 slides out. They went through everything and when they couldn't get everything back in place they just left it out. I had to take Sophie out and put her in the truck and then put her back in the motorhome before they searched the truck.
Oct 1, 2008 Cosy Cabins and Campground, Lower Woodstock, New Brunswick
We finally got on our way again and pulled into Cosy Cabins and Campground in Woodstocke, New Brunswick. It has 12 pull-in spots facing St. John's River which is only a few feet away. Then the fun started – Bob had trouble getting level and in the closet where I keep my wine boxes (there were quite a few to cover all our time in Canada) and my laundry stuff was a mess. One of the boxes fell on top of my liquid detergent and managed to squish out all the soap. All the boxes were soaked and one broke open. I had quite a mess to clean up but managed to save all my wine. Thank goodness I had more detergent stored. p.s. The highway was excellent most of the way. Also, when I tried calling my daughter I was told my number was locked out. I then tried my son with same results; however, I got through on her cell phone. We called Verizon (800 #'s go thru) and we had to have our international calling unlocked, as does everybody, but a call to a landline costs 69 cents/min. Different areas landlines. If you plan to go to Canada now you know. Another factor you can't get Dish network in Canada, so are at the mercy of your campground as to what TV you can get.
Oct 2, 2008 Frederiction and Hartland
It poured all night and continued to pour (Bob was ready to build an ark). Even so we decided to go to Fredericton (about 75 mi south of us) to go to a couple of theme parks depicting settlements and way of living back in the 1700's, but since it was pouring and most of the happenings were out of doors we had to skip it. We then went on into Fredericton , which is the largest town in New Brunswick. It really didn't look any different than any other U.S . City other than most of the road signs were in dual language. Everything else is mostly in English. The drive there was again like the highway was cut through the forest with no civilization evident and the trees were riotous with color. It was stunning. On the way home we drove a little further north past Woodstock to Hartland to see the world's longest covered bridge. The bridge opened in 1901 but not covered until 1922, including the walkway along the bridge. It is 1,282 ft long and consists of 7 spans at a cost of $33,000. The clergy was opposed to covering the bridge as it would lead to the corruption of their young and thence became known as the “kissing bridge”. Another legend is that if you can hold your breath from beginning to end you will have good luck. Until recently you could still cross it by auto, but they are now doing some restoration work to strengthen the bridge so that it can again be driven on..
Oct 3, 2008, Wayside Campground, St. Margaret, Nova Scotia
We left for St. Margaret, near Halifax, Nova Scotia on a beautiful sunny day. We headed south to Fredericton again and then east. It was the usual woods and isolation. I will say the roads are great with divided 4 lanes. Sometimes we were the only one on the road. We then headed south into Nova Scotia and trees opened up a little and turned into scrub trees in sections.. We crossed several good sized rivers. Many of the rivers in New Brunswick feed into the St. John's river which in turn feeds into Grand Bay at St. Johns, New Brunswick. Grand Bay is an offshoot of Fundy Bay which separates New Brunswick from Nova Scotia. The rest of the rivers feed directly in Fundy Bay which is a huge bay opening directly into the Atlantic Ocean. We started seeing some farms and a few bergs, but it wasn't until we got close to Halifax that we really started to see civilization. This whole country is forest so the inhabitants really had to ax their way into existence. The trees going south haven't fully turned yet. We made good time and got into Wayside Camping Park located on the tip of St. Margaret's Bay in Peggy's Cove. The campground has 150 spaces and we can see some of the cove from where we are. Still no wi-fi (except at the office) and only local TV so we missed the debate and I am dying to know how they did.
Oct. 4, 2008, Halifax, NS
Went to Halifax (about 35 mi) on a very sunny day, but the wind had a definite cold snap to it. It is really spread out and goes uphill from the harbor – just like Seattle and built up like Seattle so isn't very pretty. They did have a boardwalk that is about 1 ½ mi long. It meanders around eateries and boat slips. My scooter sure came in handy and was able to take in the whole walk. There were a lot of people and just a couple of days before 4 cruise ships came in a once. I guess it was a zoo. Most of the buildings were eateries, harbor cruise boats, etc. with a casino at one end, which we didn't go into. My biggest thrill was Theodore Tug Boat (harbor cruise boat, but was done for the season). That was my favorite cartoon when Alison (granddaughter) was growing up – she didn't like it, but I did so guess who won.
The Citadel, Halifax, NS
We then went to Halifax Citadel, a national historic site of Canada which sits atop of Citadel Hill. Bob hoofing it. We were part way around when Bob found out he left the camera behind. He went back and was going to move the truck around so I continued on in the scooter. When I finally got there I was able to get him a parking place, but he didn't know it (there was a filming crew there and took up the spaces). Well, some time later Bob finally got there. After he moved the truck closer and was almost there he discovered he had forgotten the tickets. By the time he got to us he was panting. I really felt sorry for him. On with the history - It was completed in 1856 and was intended to deter an overland assault and along with the harbor defenses, Nova Scotia became impregnable which was an important factor during many wars. During two world wars, because of their deep harbor, many allied vessels launched from here and the Citadel served as a sentinel. We saw an hour movie on its importance in history which made the tour much more enjoyable. They still have Scottish guardsmen and there is still some changing of the guards. There was going to be a huge birthday party for Alexander Keith (long dead) who was mayor and head of several organizations, plus what he is mainly know for is founder of Keith's brewery. The whole county celebrates it yearly and is a big bash everywhere. We have had his beer and it is very good
Highway 333 (scenic drive) to Peggy's Cove, NS
On the way back, we decided to take the scenic route, hwy 333, back to the campground via Peggy's Cove, NS. This highway was truly scenic, running along the coast of Nova Scotia with all of it's coves and ruggedness. It was a very good representation of the beauty of Nova Scotia.
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
We finally arrived at Peggy's Cove Lighthouse. What a surprise. All of a sudden the woods quit and the terrain turned to scraggy ground with large 415 million year old “Devonian”granite boulders that were deposited by the last retreating glaciers. Peggy's Cove is located at the tip of St. Margaret's Bay; therefore right on the ocean. Here is the wild part of the ocean that I love. Peggy's Cove has only 50 residents, but there is a restaurant right near the light house called Sou'Wester. It fits right in with its surroundings so we decided to have dinner as also did 3 tour buses, which even though it is out of the way, is a major stop for them. Everyone got seated in a timely fashion and I was able to ask a couple about the debate and I really got a variation of answers from others that heard me. There was a large gift shop, but it was closed by the time we finished dinner. Another fascinating fact (I am full of them) is the first lighthouse was built in 1868 which was a large house with a light on top. It was also used as a radio station during WW II by the RC Navy. The present lighthouse was built in 1916 and manned until 1958. Since 1975 the village post office has been operating on the lower level during the summer months and has its own cancellation stamp.
Oct 5, 2005, Mahone Bay, NS
We took off the see a couple of picturesque fishing villages. In our area are two bays – St. Margaret's and Mahone, which is huge. Off these bays are numerous coves. As you drive through the forest every so often and you come into a cove and every cove has its own community name. The first one we went to was Mahone Bay which is a main street along the water. Unfortunately, there was the Mahone Bay Great Scarecrow Festival & Antique Fair going on. There were several hundred people and cars were parked everywhere for miles. traffic was stopped trying to get through. Every building, including houses, had Halloween decorations up, especially scarecrow type figures. We accidentally found a spot and Bob wanted to take pictures so we pulled in. As it so happened there was a pub across the street - Mug & Anchor. It is located in the Old Mader's Wharf that was constructed with the old ship building type techniques so was quite unique. It features a full bar with many micro beers on tap and a great regional menu. It was well worth waiting in line for. Bob had the Mug & Anchor Meat Pie and said it was the best he has every had.
Lunenberg, Nova Scotia
We then went on to Lunenburg, which was much larger. It was a typical small fishing harbor, but it is most famous for the building of Bluenose, a famous fishing/racing schooner that held the International Fisherman's trophy for 17 years. The Bluenose II was moored there so Bob was thrilled. Everything went uphill from the harbor and what makes it so unique is that all the houses are refurbished from the shipping days and were all different colors and many were labeled with whom the house was originally built. All the business were located in these houses. The further away from the harbor the houses were not at nice, but all were within that period. We then went home and all along the forested road there were many coves. I love this area.!
Halifax and Southwestern Railway Museum, Lunenberg, NS
On the way home we stopped at the Halifax & Southwestern Railway Museum on the outskirts of Lunenburg. Bob went in and enjoyed the museum while Merry rested in the truck. The biggest attraction in the museum was a model railroad depicting the Halifax & Southwestern Railway as it had been in the past, with all of it's little towns, railroad yard and scenery. It's been 5 years in the making and still only about 20% completed.
Oct 6, 2008, Leaving Nova Scotia
Traveled thru the middle of Nova Scotia, northbound which became more agricultural and more populated with small towns, but the forest was still there in between. Our destination was Caribou where we caught the ferry to Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island (PEI). The ferry didn't look that big, but it took a lot of big, and I mean big, trucks on the bottom deck and the cars on the second deck. It doesn't cost anything to go to PEI, but will cost to get off. It was a 75 minute trip across Northumberland Strait.">
Confederation Trailside B&B and CG, Mt. Stewart, Prince Edward Island
We got to our campground, Confederation Trailside Tourist Grounds, which sounds large, but all we found was 10 grassy pull throughs, but their season is over so there has to be more sites. They also advertise a bed & breakfast, but their house looks a little small for that. They did offer lobster twice a day, so they must have a good season.
Oct7, 2008 Prince Edward Island National Park, Prince Edward Island
We took off just touring the the north part of the island that borders The Gulf of St. Lawrence. Most of this coastline is included in Prince Edward Island National Park. We stopped at several beaches and since it was a rainy and windy day, the gulf was really churning. It was spectacular and we also got to see several lighthouses. There are a lot of harbors and coves and a couple of rivers, so there is a lot of water and wherever there is water, there are cottages for rent, a LOT of them, plus a lot of B&Bs, inns, craft and gift shops, art galleries and seafood places (most of which are closed). There are also an abundance of various kinds of churches, most of which are old and of various sizes and shapes and has to have a cemetery. There is one community after another with all styles and color of houses and very few towns. The interior is mainly agricultural and the farms are really large and the houses well kept up. Where there weren't farms, the forest took back over. The largest town is Charlottetown and they have the required number of our fast food chains, but they also have a lot of theatrical productions We have skirted it several times in our wanderings.
Oct 7, 2008, North Rustico, PEI
Continuing on, we went through the small burg of North Rustico, which had a very neat little lighthouse. The town itself was more of a fishing village and consisted of a filling station/quick mart and a small general store and a few homes along with the fishing wharf. Couldn't really get to the wharf to get a picture. It was too congested with lobster pots, boats and other fishing equipment.
Oct 7, 2008 Anne of Green Gables, Cavendish, PEI
We then continued on to “Anne of Green Gables'”author L.M. Montgomery's famous farmhouse that is now part of PEI's National Park. Once inside the grounds we toured the barn, the gardens and then the house, which is restored to that period of time. It is still rainy, windy and cold so we didn't stay all that long. We didn't go to Avonlea, a replicated village of her time because of the cold, plus it cost $40 per person, which is a little pricey.
L.M. Montgomery's Birth Place, New London, PEI
We next went by the house she was born in. Her birthplace is in a very small town called New London. There are several places associated with Anne, but they are scattered all over the area. There were several tour buses that we kept running into at different places.
After leaving Anne's birthplace we continued on down the road going through several very small towns. Most of them you wouldn't see if you blinked going through. Most of them had one thing in common. Old churches. On of the bigger towns, Kensington, had a very pretty old church, St. Mary's Family Parish. It was built sometime in the mid 1800's, but very well maintained.
New Glasgow, PEI
Our next stop was for lunch at a restaurant which is called the “Jam Box” by the locals. It is really the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company specializing in preserve and jam making. It also has a huge gift shop, an ice cream bar where they make their own ice cream and a theater. It sits on the bank of the Hunter River in a little burg called New Glasgow.
Heading back to the campground
After lunch, we started heading back to the campground, which was still about 40 miles away. We went through some more very pretty countryside including a place called Hofstetters Viewpoint and another lighthouse on Profitts Point. We finally arrived back at the rig about 5:00 PM.
Panmure Head lighthouse, Panmure Island, PEI
We then followed the coastline and found several lighthouses. One of particular note was on Panmure Point. It was very picturesque with farmfields all around it. The lighthouse keepers home is now a farmhouse and one of the farms field had some beautiful draft horses just taking it easy.
Then on to Charlottetown where we stopped for a late lunch. If you don't like lobster you don't have much choice other than fish & chips that is always haddock, which we don't like because it is too soft. They have all kinds of ways to use lobster, but I only like it with melted butter, which for some reason, ups the price considerably. Go figure. They have a beautiful boardwalk along the North River and Canadian Heritage River making up the Charlottetown Harbor with beautiful homes. I could only drool. Victoria Park was right there and, of course, beautifully laid out.