Seeing the World is Time Consuming–A Quick Update

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Bar Harbour from Cadillac Mtn

Bar Harbour from Cadillac Mtn. Oct.5

Sand Bay Hike Acadia NP Maine

Hiking in Acadia NP, Maine.

Sand Bay in the background. The sand is 90% shell fragments. Every decade or two a major storm will completely remove all the sand from this beach and the it takes a couple of years to be redeposited.

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We spent a day in Acadia NP cycling the CARRIAGE TRAILS (no motor vehicles).  They were built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D._Rockefeller_Jr. who later donated his substantial land holdings to the federal government in the establishment of Acadia NP. The carriage trails are wonderful.

That reminds me!!! On October 2, our first day in the US we spent an afternoon on Campobello Island NB. We had to go through a portion of Maine to get to Campobello. It was the summer home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor until politics and health stole him away. Very interesting to be a voyeur in the lives of the rich and famous. This has been an interesting sub theme in our travels – you’ll just have to be patient to hear more.

From Acadia NP we went to Freeport, Maine, the home of L.L.Bean and Freeport’s main employer and benefactor. Quite disappointing. On to North Conway NH, home of the big box discount stores from all over the US but also the gateway to the White Mountains of the Appalachians. It was a zoo but the fall colours were amazing.

On the way to Freeport. Amazing bridge across the Penobscot R.

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A view of Waldo across the Penobscot from the top of the bridge tower.

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White Mtns.

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White Mtns NH 3

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The view from our campsite in Vermont.

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From Vermont we headed for Massachusetts. A world of difference? More about that in the next episode.

We are alive and well

Last blog was on October 3 and it is now October 29th. It has been difficult finding time to document our journey and we forget all the places we have been and the chronology gets fuzzy – all the more reason to to be more diligent in updating our blog for ourselves and anyone interested in following our journey.  Below are some pictures along the north shore of PEI.

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

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From PEI we proceeded to Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail. Very scenic and  lots of elevation changes. A couple of informative ranger led hikes from Cheticamp.  The pictures below were from a hike along the Cheticamp River.

CHETICAMP, CAPE BRETON

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From Cheticamp to Sydney for a couple of days and on one of our few rainy days the Miner’s Museum in Glace Bay including going underground into a coal mine. During the coal mining heydays these mine shafts extended for miles under the Atlantic Ocean and many hundreds of feet underground. Sorry no pictures.

Back to familiar ground for a couple of days in St. Andrews, NB before crossing the border into Maine and on to Bar Harbour and Acadia National Park.

VIEW FROM THE TOP OF CADILLAC MOUNTAIN, ANP

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From Harbourville to PEI

It has been 15 days since we left Harbourville and we have not updated our blog. We have been busy!! Harbourville to Pictou overnight with a rush to the ferry in fear that the windy weather forecast would arrest the ferry crossing of Northumberland Strait. We spent a day walking about Charlottetown and prepping for cycling the Confederation Trail with the logistical assistance of George Larter (peibikeshuttleservice.com), who dropped us off at the trail head, picked us up at the trail’s end and allowed us to park our van on his property.

Four days and 250 kms on the Confederation Trail staying at B&Bs each night. We really enjoyed the opportunity for physical activity and surveying the terrain of PEI. We had absolutely perfect weather.

On the morning of our last day I noticed that a wheel bearing on our little trailer (Burley Travoy) was shot. Our host at Water’s Edge B&B in Mt.Stewart insisted that we proceed and he would try to get our trailer repaired. While we were enjoying our trailer less bike ride he had driven into Charlottetown and had the bearing replaced.

We then spent 4 days at a very nice campground in PEI National Park, Cavendish, on the North shore of PEI. Cavendish was the home of Lucy Maude Montgomery, the creator of Anne of Green Gables. Green Gables is drawn from the life of LMM and Cavendish.

The N. shore of PEI is lined with sand dunes interrupted with bays and inlets – very interesting and very pretty. We really enjoyed PEI.

[I have dated this post Sept.25, that’s when most of it was written but today is Oct.3 and we have spent time in Cape Breton and are now in Acadia National Park, Maine.]

Harbourville

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These photos show the cottages which Elke, our Helpx host rents including the Breakfast Galley restaurant. Also the last two photos show the difference between low and high tide. Not one of these cottages has a level floor and in the upper left most photos you can see the red “Quirky Cottage” and the obvious kilter. Potential renters are warned that if they get easily sea sick they should not rent this cottage.

Elke has just started her third year of nursing at Dalhousie University. She has a house, between Harbourville and Wolfeville where she is now living and travels 1.5 hours each way most days to attend her classes. On Wednesday eve and Saturday mornings her and her mother prepare and sell food at the Wolfville farmer’s market. As I write Debbie is making carrot cake which Elke will sell at the market tomorrow.

With classes starting Elke has left Debbie and I to virtually run the place. Fortunately the Breakfast Galley is closed. Last Saturday Debbie and I opened and ran the Galley. We gained a new appreciation for waiters and cooks. It was stressful and we plan not to do it again.

Wednesday and Thursday (yesterday and the day before) we spent in Lunenburg and surrounding areas. Yesterday was rainy and blustery so we spent time museuming. Lunenburg is a UNESCO world heritage town well worth a visit – cute, thriving and with lots of history. Home of Bluenose II which we were able to tour.

We have been invited for dinner at Maria’s (Elke’s mom) tonight. Maria is 80 and reminds me of Mom – lots of wisdom and common sense. Maria is married and describes her husband as someone who just likes to relax and has been too used to telling other people what to do – except her, she adds.

We will head for PEI on Sunday probably for 10 days. I am hoping we can cycle the Confederation trail.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confederation_Trail

 

Let’s try a video – Tidal Bore

 

Apparently this tidal bore travels up the Petitcodiac River at 20 kms/hour and on some high tides can have a 1 to 1.5 metre wave. California surfers have come to ride the bore. Matt Robertson might love it.

A Picture is worth 1000 words

We will let some pictures talk with few words.

Fundy Coast NB

Sea caves, red rock, cliffs between St.John and Moncton, near St. Martins.

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We camped in Fundy National Park and walked this short but beautiful trail. The park is situated on a high escarpment terminating at the bay of Fundy.

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On the way to Hopewell Rocks. Just had to stop and take this picture. Lots of rivers flow into Fundy Bay. Some, like the St. John River are bigger than the Bow R.

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The famous Hopewell Rocks, where you can walk on the sea bed at low tide. At high tide these rocks are surrounded by water 10 ft. deep. People kayak around them. Debbie and I did an adventurous walk and around the corner from the cliffs was an expansive tidal flat bisected by a small river.

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The tidal bore at Moncton.

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Here we are in Harbourville. Arrived here on Aug.30 and will leave on Sept.10. Helping Elke, a single mother. She has 7 units (5 cottages) she rents. Also has a restaurant.

We’ll have to write more about our time at Harbourville.

Grand Falls, Nuveau Brunswick – August 21

From a campground south of Perce we proceeded to NB on Highway #132. Debbie started questioning whether we were on the right track. Unfortunately we had bypassed our correct turn off by 75 kms. Later the same day I said to Debbie; “We should be in Edmonston in an hour”, Debbie responded with “Warren, that’s the wrong direction”. Fortunately that was only a 30 km mistake.

We were, by then, both getting a little grumpy but decided that we were learning some important lessons.

We got exceptional assistance at the Grand Falls tourist information office. We asked about campgrounds and the enthusiastic and knowledgeable lady asked what services we would need. We said we really didn’t need any services, she said then why don’t you just stay right here at the visitors centre? We did and had a very pleasant evening viewing the falls and walking along the canyon of the St. John R. Our mood improved substantially.

We awoke after a good nights sleep and took the suggested scenic route to St. Stephen’s. Along the way we visited the longest covered bridge in North America (over 1200 feet). We wondered why they covered their bridges? No one could answer? We visited the Covered Bridge potato chip factory, the McCann potato museum, and an interesting small town railway museum.  .

August 22 and 23 we took a room in St. Stephen’s toured the Ganong Chocolate Museum/factory and generally relaxed and regrouped prior to moving to St. Andrew’s for the Pleasure Way owners rally.

Some recent pictures along the way.

One of the complications we are facing is collating pictures taken by my cell phone, Debbie’s cell phone and our Panasonic Lumix camera. Here are a couple of recent photos and one video taken off the Panasonic camera:

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Perce Rock from a distance (ignore the wires)

Coming from the town of Gaspe getting our first glimpse of Perce Rock.

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Perce Rock up close.

The town of Perce was very touristy and we could not understand what attracted people here once they had had a good look at the rock with a hole in it. Bonaventure Island might have been interesting but we did not go there.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7Z1r1YTyO9ONG5EYXRtWEhVdTg/view?usp=sharing

The above link is to a 30 second video taken just south of Perce. It struck us as not only beautiful but fairly typical of the type of scenery along the Gaspe. The purple flowers are fireweed (Epilobium Anagustifolium) common in burnt areas of Alberta and BC but very common along the Gaspe.

We travelled today from Grand Falls, NB to St. Stephen’s on the Bay of Fundy. Interesting day – potatoes, railway, covered bridge and potato chip factory.

Hard to keep the blog up to date!

It is now August 22 and we are in Grand Falls, NB. We have spent the last number of days circumnavigating the Gaspe peninsula.

https://www.google.ca/maps/@47.9696718,-67.0658877,7.68z?hl=en

Some quick notes on the Gaspesie;

Hilly forested terrain, every river valley has a small village along the coast. Mostly well kept houses on large lots with nicely groomed lawns,

Many campgrounds populated with large rv trailers, lots of Gites (B&Bs),

The history of the Gaspe was very interesting, from the strategic razing of the population by British general Wolf on his way to the Plains of Abraham, to the important and substantial commerce surrounding the cod fishery and whaling. In the early to mid 19th century fishermen from the British isles of Jersey and Guernsey settled in the Gaspe and founded the cod industry (catch, process and dry and salt the fish and then ship to Europe.) The town of Gaspe was a busy and thriving place.

During WWII the Germans sunk more than 20 ships leaving the St. Lawrence for Britain. Submarine nets and artillery batteries were installed to thwart a possible German invasion (a repeat of the General Wolf scenario).

It is 8:30 am and time for us to hit the road. Talk to you soon.

Some added info relating to last post.

I have just downloaded a program (using McDonald’s wifi) a program called “Open Live Writer” which allows me to draft blog entries off line. This should give us more freedom to document our journey without having to be internet connected. We can just upload when it is convenient to connect. Anyways, here goes:

Eardley Escarpment

This is a picture taken from the Gatineau Hills looking North along the Eardley Escarpment on the Western edge of the Gatineau Hills. To the left is the flat lands of the St. Lawrence lowlands and the Ottawa R., just barely seen on the left edge of the photo.

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From the Gatineau Hills looking South towards Ottawa with the Ottawa River in the background.

Here is a link to a picture of the historical lock between L. Superior and L. Huron. Huron is lower and in the distance.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RtHfzyEepNokARUjS3K5ObbxDtiPfyjUFg/view?usp=sharing

Travelling along the Gaspe we noticed a disc-golf course and stopped to play. Short 9 hole course but Debbie lost her favourite driver disc here.

Disc Golf along the way

We have slowed down and have been spending time “smelling the roses” and taking in the sights (sites). Hope to update soon.