Rapids, Relics and Ribbits!
Trip Start May 15, 2008
70Trip End Jul 13, 2008
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Grand Falls is on the St. John River - the one we were watching on the news last month as many parts of New Brunswick were flooding. The highway we were on, (Hwy 2, Trans Canada) followed the river all the way to Fredericton. While traveling this highway (which, by the way, reminded us a lot of the Coquihalla), we saw a turnoff for "Hartland" and the promise of a covered bridge. My Lonely Planet guidebook confirmed that this town was host to the "granddaddy" of all covered bridges, so down the rabbit trail we went - only to find out it was closed to traffic for construction
Instead of going back to the Trans Canada, we allowed a tourism New Brunswick book to convince us to take the River Valley Scenic route. What a great decision. On the Trans Canada, we were mostly seeing the other side of the divided highway, and the tree tops. On the Scenic route, we were traveling right beside the St. John and past quaint houses and farms. It didn't take us all the way to Fredericton, but an enjoyable detour it was.
Since we wouldn't be coming back this way, we thought we'd take a chance on King's Landing, an historic settlement, promising to open in June. It opens in June. Too bad.
So, on towards Fredericton, a surprisingly small city, for a provincial capital - only about 50,000 people! It was a welcome relief however, to navigate a smaller city, after the chaos of T.O., Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City
The highlight of Fredericton was of course, the famous Coleman Frog (housed in the York Museum) - now dead and stuffed/preserved. Story goes, it jumped into Mr. Coleman's fishing boat weighing an impressive 3.6 kg. Mr. Coleman took it home with him and fed it a very steady diet of buttermilk, cornmeal, Junebugs and whisky. It grew to 19 kg (over 42 pounds) and caught the interest of Ripley's Believe it or Not. It is Fredericton's pride and joy - not sure what that says about the town! The museum housed some other really neat displays - an entire room dedicated to war brides and their stories; a display on the Acadians - something we're looking forward to learning about much more as we travel through the Atlantic.
Our final goal for the day was to make it to the shores of the Bay of Fundy. Oak Bay-St. Stephen was where we parked it for the night. The provincial campground was very pretty, very clean and close to a beach access. The girls were thrilled to find seashells and started what will no doubt be an ongoing collection for the next few weeks.
Part of the reason we chose this campground was the promise of internet connection. Unfortunately, their Wi-Fi connection was down, so here I sit journaling and updating on my computer, waiting for a future connection! Good thing about the campground was we were FINALLY about to roast wieners and marshmallows. (I hope no one is counting how many times we've had hotdogs on this trip so far!)
P.S. at about 11:00 p.m. local time, I decided to try connecting one more time. It worked!!