Bonjour to the Maritimes

Well folks looks like DD’s multitasking days are nearing an end, if in fact they ever existed. As we approached the Quebec border (June 28th) on our way to Danielle’s and Andre’s (just south of Drummondville) DD packed away the camera in order to direct all her energies to acting as the MMM trip translator while in the La Belle Province.  This would present as a bit of an ISSUE however as DD has allowed her French Canadian language skills to languish just a bit too long to fulfill her translation responsibilities with any real authority. Fortunately Andre was able to step in and ensure the bilingual standards of Canada were upheld.

We will be stopping in for a longer visit with Andre and Danielle on our way back to Ontario. Andre promises to go easier on DD’s halting French next time and also take us on a tour of old Quebec City. Hopefully we will see our other Yuman friends RRR (Roland the Rocking Raconteur) and AA (Amorous Arlette) this time through.

After some catching up and a good night’s sleep (can you say quiet and dark) in the country air we were ready to head out to our next overnight stop at Edmundston, New Brunswick (June 29th). Although we arrived late afternoon we didn’t see much of Edmundston but that just might have been because of the torrential downpour that was hitting the city. Apparently over 80 ml of rain fell in a one hour period and normally represents 75% of their normal June rainfall.

Moncton – June 30th to July 4th

The drive to Moncton was made all that more memorable by the Captain choosing the shorter (distance wise anyway) but not the “wise” route along a not so main road, highway 108. For most of the 275 km trip from Edmundston to Miramichi we pretty much bounced our way along over a never ending series of bumps and potholes.  No damage to man or beast but once again way more time than it should have taken. At least we have become consistent.

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Welcome to New Brunswick

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Grand Falls

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start of the highway to hell

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a very long train bridge

Another city, another Casino. Now far be it from me to comment on the creativity of others but the surely the folks in Moncton could have come up with a more original name than “Casino New Brunswick” for the casino. I mean really. But then as we are allowed up to 7 days to camp here who really cares what it is called. DD arrived here in less than optimum health as she has a bad head cold so is being sort of shunned by the rest of us for a bit.

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view of Casino New Brunswick from Magnetic Hill

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For Canada Day we went down to Riverfront Park early afternoon. Not too much going on except for a lot of kiddy entertainment. The big kids stuff and fireworks scheduled for evening and as we still retire fairly early (9 pm ish) missed this part of the celebration. Despite the 30 Degrees plus humidity we strolled around downtown and enjoyed seeing a lot of the old buildings.

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Canada “kids” Day and Bubbaloo!

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Captain Canada at work on Canada Day directing traffic

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Memorial to the Irish at Riverside Park

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might be the oldest Timmies in the land

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downtown churches

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some being turned into condos

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a funky ally

Afterwards we headed up to the “famous” Magnetic Hill tourist distraction. Here’s the Cole’s Notes on the MH. Drive down to bottom of hill and up a slight incline. Put vehicle in neutral and release brake and magically vehicle will roll backwards and back up the hill all for a measly $6.00. Well we didn’t make it all the way back up the hill?? Perhaps the magnets we not operating at full capacity for Canada Day or as explained to us, the heat made the tar on the road real sticky so there you go, or perhaps didn’t go, anyway it was all over in about 15 seconds.

A very short video??

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going up backwards!

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BBB, LL and DD – magnetic personalities

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BBB has this bridge covered

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Saturday July 2nd was an off day for shopping and filling propane tanks etc. Went to the local Costco and have never seen a place so busy in all our travels. Seemed like all 65,000 Monctonians had the same idea and it was chaotic. Took 10 minutes to get into the parking lot and find a place to park.

Sunday July 3rd we visited the Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy. The Bay of Fundy is classified as on of the Seven Wonders of the World. We arrived about the time of low tide so were able to walk along the ocean floor and see some of the splendid rock formations. Where we walked, at high tide it would have been under 15 to 20 feet of water.  Definitely recommended by the MMM with the suggestion to try to go and see both the high and low tides.  Passes are good for 2 days so which helps as the high and low tides are 7 to 8 hours apart. While looking at the tides coming in, we started talking to this guy and turns out he works in York Region in Ontario as a cop and just also  happens to know an old friend of DD and CC’s youth, Rick McGowan who was also a cop….very small world!

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the Flower Pot Rocks

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along the ocean floor

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CC sends tidings of peace

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LL fishing for whales

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CC high and dry with tide coming in

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DD’s art deco mud masterpieces

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LL and BBB love in the mud

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the Captains Rock

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LL under the Hershey Kiss gap

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more Lovebirds

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a tired old dog (16) gets a ride

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another old dog gets some rest

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Monday July 4th and HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to LL and BBB as we head for an overnight stop at Antigonish on our way to Sydney and the ferry to the “Rock”.

By stubbs99

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