Rapids, Relics and Ribbits!

Trip Start May 15, 2008
Trip End Jul 13, 2008

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Flag of Canada  , New Brunswick,
Friday, May 30, 2008

We woke up to rain and overcast skies - but, repeat after me:  There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.  We had planned a hike into the Gorge at Grand Falls, but settled on a viewing from the indoor interpretive center instead.  It was an impressive site, indeed - and this wasn't even peak run season! 
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.  BUT, we could walk across it, and walk we did - all 382 m.  It was an impressive structure, built in the late 1800's and is the longest covered bridge in the world.   Dennis and I couldn't help but participate in the intended use for covered bridges - kissing!!  Some paparazzi caught us on film though - so now our secret is out!  We kiss!
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.  Most of Fredericton's notable structures are right downtown, within a few blocks of each other, so we parked and walked.  Again, we were disappointed to find that some of the buildings were not yet open for the season, but at least we could look through the windows to get a great view of the soldier's barracks and the Garrison.
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!!
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glanz on

We're with you!
Today (finally) we're posting our map and will be closely following your trip, learning as you go. You're moving pretty fast though! Any chance of adding a few weeks to your trip? Except we miss you all too much already. Happy travels!

ruthie21 on

Romance is in the air - or on the bridge :)
Looks like a stock full day of fun! Too bad you missed King's Landing - it's such a great experience.

Loved the picture of the 'relics' on the covered bridge :)

Thank you for taking us along on all your travels! I can't quite decide if 'travelling along' makes us miss you more or less.... But I love logging on and at least being able to see you on pictures and in the videos. Keep the videos coming - feels like we're actually there with you :)

Take care - have a wonderful weekend. Hope you find another great church family to worship with this Sunday!

Hugs from the west.... Chris

wild.rose on

The photos look amazing!! I loved reading the entry as well, looks like you are having an amazing time.
Big hi to everyone from Nicki! :-) I am following your trip wherever I find some free wiifii and laptops...

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