The Fog - not just a horror movie

Trip Start Jun 29, 2010
Trip End Oct 24, 2010

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Flag of Canada  , New Brunswick,
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I had planned to stop in a city, go to the library and spend some time updating my blog.  It looked like Gagetown was the biggest place from here til Saint John so I went and hmm... a bit smaller place than I thought!  I was taking some pics when a couple approached me offering to help me find what I was looking for and they said the library was only open one day a week!  They were nice, chatted for a bit.  One of their kids lives in BC so they visit often.

Ended up in Saint John earlier than expected but what the hell!  I asked about the fog at the Visitor Info Centre and it`s foggy quite often so I was getting the authentic Saint John experience.   I was close to the Irving Nature Park which is a 600 acre site created by J.D. Irving, Limited to help protect an environmentally significant area.  The peninsula is volcanic rock and forest on the Bay of Fundy and has some of the highest tides in the world. It varies from mud flats and salt marsh to sandy cobble beaches. 

It was pretty and lush but sure couldn't see much from the coast due to the fog.  Was hoping to see some cool birds or sea lions but no luck!

The Carleton Martello Tower wasn't too far away so went there next. This tower is one of nine surviving Martello Towers in Canada (do you remember the one in Kingston ).  Construction of the tower began in 1813 on the rocky cliff during the War of 1812 to guard the land approaches to the city against an American overland invasion.  However, the tower was not completed until 1815, after the war had ended.

From 1866 to 1869 the tower served as a barracks. During WW I, it served as a detention centre for deserters of the 69th Battalion. In late 1939, at the beginning of WWII, the 8th Anti-Aircraft Battery placed some machine guns on the upper level of the tower. In August 1941 a two-storey concrete structure was placed on top of the tower to enable the tower to function as a Fire Command Post, in which role it remained until August 1944.   The guide told me that after WW II, once the German`s records became public record, it was discovered that a German sub was in the Bay for 8 days and we had no idea!

It`s too bad about the fog, could not see anything of the city!  When I was leaving, I heard this meow and a cat came out of the shrubbery to visit.  I sat on the steps and had a cuddle session with this cute cat.  He was a bit skinny under of the fur.  He didn`t want me to leave, really liked my feet!

Figured I should call it a day and hope today was less foggy so got this motel. Kinda funny place but the owners were really nice!

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