Alot of driving...

Trip Start Jun 26, 2010
Trip End Aug 31, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Maine
Sunday, August 22, 2010

The day after dropping Grandmere off at the airport, we decided that to miss out on Halifax would be a shame. Mama had heard about the Halifax Maritime Museum. We learnt all about the Halifax explosion, and how the city was able to rebuild after that devastation. There was even a small exhibit on the Titanic. The one thing that really struck a chord was a newer type of demonstration. Walking upstairs with the model ships, Papa and I heard some singing. We saw a girl there, who was acting out the part of a passenger trapped on the St. Louis ship at the beginning of the Second World War. She acted out her story, telling us that she was a Jew escaping from Germany and the Nazis. Her ship was supposed to bring her to safety in Mexico, but they weren't allowed off the boat. Mexico, the United States, and finally Canada rejected the refugees, marking a turning point in Hitler's power. She was very touching, and after hearing her story we will never forget the St. Louis.

After the museum, we walked outside, looking for some fun at the Busker Street show that was taking place on the Halifax harbour. We enjoyed a couple of the acts, and I really liked walking around spending money on things I didn't really need... 

After Halifax, we travelled to Moncton and having been there once before, when knew what we wanted to see. So Magnetic Hill was pretty amazing. Camden and I couldn't figure it out, Mama could not not see it, Papa had a hard time letting go of the brakes, and the smaller girls were more interested in the mini-golf across the street. It was a neat experience, and I hope to see it again, just so I can figure it out. 

That same day we made our way down towards the Hopewell Rocks. Papa had found out that the low tide was to be at 8:30 that night, so we had to be there for that. Walking on the ocean floor was quite exciting, I felt a bit like Moses walking across the Red sea. (Maybe he didn't know it was low tide?) We went back the following day, hoping to see a large difference, but we got there just a bit too early. We saw the rocks at half tide, which is more exciting than nothing, but we would have had to wait for another 3 hours to see it properly. Still it was pretty amazing that all that water moved in and out of the Bay of Fundy every 12 hours. Crazy.

On our way to St. John, we drove through the Alma National Park. Papa said that it was worse on the Bus then the Cabot trail. These hills were never ending which made the motor hot, and the transmission started ticking. (I have no idea what this means) Stopping in a town to let our brakes cool off, we noticed a bakery that had been recommended for us, a Kelly's bakery. We were meant to try their sticky buns, and they were pretty amazing. I finally did figure out the difference between the sticky bun and the cinnanon bun. We drove through St. John, but didn't see much due to time. We were hoping to get to St. Andrews-by-the-sea. on our way there we drove on a highway that seemed to proudly show off their blueberries. We saw blueberry pie, blueberry jam, blueberry ice cream, so of course we had to sample as many of these things as possible. My favourite was the blueberry Sunday, made with proper blueberry ice cream and blueberry sauce, and blueberries! YUM!

We finally got to St. Andrews, and camped at a beautiful campground, with an ocean view and clean bathrooms. Unfortunately prime land like that goes fast, so we were stuck in overflow. But we still had a very enjoyable evening. The next day we went for a bike ride, touring this cute little touristy town. 

On our way into Maine we stopped at the town of St. Stephen, home of the Ganong chocolates. We went to the museum, and ate all the free chocolate we wanted. It was really interesting to learn about the evolution of this home grown business, but the best part was the chocolate. YUM! Then we bought some bars that are called the pal-o-mine. Most of us have never heard of it, but out east they are a huge hit. If you're lucky you might just get a bite.

Mostly the Northern States were a blur – a quick drive through to see the countryside on our way back to Sherwood Quebec.  Beautiful again with the forests and diversity of those trees is something I don't see in our western provinces.  I’m a little jealous at the absolute lushness of the east!  A tip from a fellow camper leads us to Maine where the New Balance factory is situated. (Runners and sporting goods)  They seem to have these tent sales where they sell off their older stock.  It was busy, but we did walk out of there with 9 pairs of runners a sports bag and socks for $300! 

Next stop Niagara Falls!
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Réjean on

Did Jules even gain a pound with all that food? Just wondering.

Sue & Gary Bell on

Sounds like you are having a fantastic family experience. Makes us want to see the east coast.
Alex & Mya have a new baby brother, Jaxon William Bell, born August 6th. That's been our summer adventure.

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