I'm Blue Da Ba Dee Da Ba Di

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
Trip End Aug 12, 2008

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The Narrow's Too

Flag of Canada  , New Brunswick,
Wednesday, August 6, 2008

We were excited about our adventures today despite the cool weather.  It was unseasonablly cold and the high today was 62 degrees.  Once again we packed a lunch, snacks and several layers of clothing and off we went.  We were headed to Canada today via the Maine Caost.

First stop on Route 1 is Columbia Falls.  This was a nice surprise that was not mentioned in any of our tour information. Here you can visit the largest Wild Blueberry in the world. It is surrounded by smaller berries. We just couldn't drive by without stopping.  Inside one can purchase all types of wild blueberry-themed items, from food to earrings.  Blueberry icecream, Audrey's favorite, Blueberry coffee, Clark's favorite, chocolate covered blueberries, and yes, freshly made blueberry pie, Rusty's favorite.  So we bought some blueberry items and took our pictures that show we are the "Royal Family" of Wild Blueberry Land.  Clark began to sing "I have a blue house with a blue window.  Blue is the colour of all that I wear. Blue are the streets and all the trees are too.
I have a girlfriend and she is so blue.  Blue are the people here that walk around, Blue like my corvette, it's standing outside.  Blue are the words I say and what I think.  Blue are the feelings that live inside me.  I'm blue da ba dee da ba die..."  As much fun as we were having and as big as the crowd was growing around us, we decided we would all turn blue if we stayed any longer.

We continued to drive through several small villages that we found to be full of rustic charm of long-gone eras.  One of our favorite villages was Milbridge.  There were many impressive homes of bygone Captains that lined the highway.  We became very intrigued with the area as we looked at several lavishly appointed homes.  Clark and Ellen were so enchanted, they were ready to move.  We saw a couple of homes for sale in the area and fancied ourselves moving into a large mansion and restoring it to its original grandeur.   Rusty and Audrey were in on the fantasy and started coming up with occupations for everyone.  We decided that Ellen would home school and make fine jewelry from the Jasper stones collected by Rusty and Audrey at Jasper Beach.  Clark would be a pefect tour guide as proven on this trip.

We passed through the Jonosboro area where there are extensive fields of wild blueberries.  The hills were alive with an electric blue hue.  The kids began salivating at the thought of picking and eating more of the tiny little gastronomical delights! 
A little further down the road we found ourselves marveling at the mad rush of water thundering under the highway.  These gushing waters are known as Bad Little Falls for which the town Machias is named by Indians. The town of Machias has numerous historic sites which include the Burnham Tavern built in 1770.  Unfortunately the Tavern was closed, but it is here that the town's people gathered to plot their actions against the British during the Revolutionary war.  The kids were secretly pleased that it was not open that day.  We stopped and viewed the Bad Little Falls and carried on to find Jasper Beach.

It was a little bit of a struggle finding our way to this area known as Bucks Harbor.  A very quiet area, where the lobster traps were stacked high around the docks.  There was no one around to speak of until we found a real live (not Memorex) fisherman. We stopped to ask directions to Jasper Beach.  He was more than happy to give us directions and as nice as he was, he was smelly (the smelliest of smelly fishermen) so we made our way to the world's most unusual beach.  A beach in name only, the half mile crescent is composed of red, green, amber and brown rocks that were naturally polished by the water's wave action.  A fabulous place for rock hounds, namely Ellen, Audrey and Rusty.  It was a nice quiet place for a picnic.  We ate our lunch and went hunting for the prettiest rocks we could find.  Little did we know that the hunt for rocks would quickly become the hunt for blue!  The antioxidant fest was on again. We collected another pint or so of blue berries and realized there were also blackberries and raspberries for the picking too.  There weren't as many as they were not quiet ripe yet.   After a couple of hours, we realized that if we were going to make it to our destination we would have to leave some blueberries for someone else to find.

"Kids, this trip Down East would not be considered complete without visiting the easternmost point of land in the continental United States, Lubec" Clark exclaimed.  We blazed through the sleepy fishing village as it was 4pm and about to become 5pm in a minute.  As we passed the customs station in New Brunswick, Canada we entered into a new time zone.   We made a mad dash to Roosevelt Campobello International Park and visited FDR's summer cottage before they closed at 6pm.  As intrigued as Rusty and Audrey were with the yet another home tour, we decided to get back to Ellsworth in time to make it for Timber Tina's Great Maine Lumber Jack Show.
Yes,  every evening at 7:00 PM you can still hear the Cross Cut saws singing in the forest, just as you would have seen in a logging camp competition in the Maine woods over 100 years ago! But with a modern twist mixed with history, lots of comedy, 'thrills & spills' and non-stop, razor-sharp action! The kids were so excited and secretly, so was Clark.  We made it just in time as we pulled into the parking lot 5 minutes before the excitement began.  There were 2 teams of athletes challenging one another in the competitions.  We were routing for the Red Team!!!  We saw Underhand Chopping, Ax Throwing, Speed Tree Climbing, Log Rolling and much, much more.  Rusty and Audrey were chosen from the crowd to compete.  It was worth the death defying drive in time to see such thrilling action! 
After such exhilaration we were all starving.  Ellen and Clark wanted yes, you guessed it more lobster.  Of course it wasn't difficult to find.  We decided to go to the Hawaiian Lobster Pound.  The kids had clam chowder again and the adults devoured lobster rolls.  Yumm!!!  It was time to call it a night as we were leaving early in the morning for our next destination.
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