Fleeing the scene of the crime in the early morning hours of August 8, 2016 to avoid another sentencing the Captain surreptitiously spirited the MMM south out of Fredericton to a remote rural location east of St. John. The hideout for the next 2 days would be known by the code name of NBNRBPP. Loosely translated this code means the New Brunswick New Beach River Provincial Park. The park’s tongue twisting name however should not cause anyone to avoid going there as this place is definitely where to go to enjoy some old fashioned camping and an incredible ocean beach.
The campground has sites that offer trees and privacy very much reminiscent of most of the provincial campgrounds we are familiar with in British Columbia. The beach is a half mile long and depending on the tides ranges from 30 to 200 meters out. Outstanding ambiance for an early morning run of which the Captain took advantage of on the morning of August 9, 2016, the day of our departure. We would have loved to stay longer but the campground was booked solid for the week in anticipation of an upcoming sand castle building contest.
We parked our rigs in the day use area for the day and headed in to St. John for a few hours of sightseeing. The city has a number of things to see and do but driving in the downtown area can be an adventure for the uninitiated which we soon discovered as even our normally reliable GPS seemed confused. Regardless we did meander through the old downtown section and visited the Loyalist House and also the Carleton Montello Tower (which was closed for renovations).
A trip to St. John would not be complete without seeing the Reversing Falls and so we headed out to have a look. Unfortunately there are really only 2 times a day to see this event being high tide and low tide. Of course we arrived at slack tide so ergo no reversing falls to see. Also as a deal breaker be forewarned that there really isn’t a falls here. All the frenetic water action is caused by the tide coming in and meeting and overflowing the river coming out and ergo the appearance of perhaps a falls or a more apt description might be rapids. Here is a link to a YouTube video of the “Falls” so you be the judge.
After an all too brief visit to give justice to the city we headed back to NBNBRPP to pick up the rigs and headed to the border town of St. Stephen for a couple of nights. LLL and BBB were in a need of medication (no kidding after travelling with us) and in order to fulfill their prescriptions a trip to their USA homeland was required. So on August 10, 2016 we crossed the border and headed to Bangor Maine on the drug run. Being in the USA we were able to call our old Yuma buddies Hawk and Red Fox and in an unlikely turn of events they happened to be visiting some friends near Bangor so we were able to get in a visit with the 2 septuagenarians while there. Great to see Hawk and Karen and catch up on their travel plans for next winter which means we might just get in a another visit on the opposite coast in the fall.
We arrived back to St. Stephen much later than anticipated but before leaving on August 11, 2016 DD and BBB managed to visit the Gagnon Chocolate Museum and loaded or perhaps I should say overloaded on chocolates on their tour.
From St. Stephen we made a short run back up to Fredericton (egads) and on to Campbellton on August 12, 2016 to overnight before leaving New Brunswick and heading to the Quebec and the Gaspe Bay Peninsula. The Campbellton Walmart now holds 2nd place as the WM with the most over-nighting RVs at over 25 but still falls well short of the 40+ last year in Whitehorse. Well a Silver medal ain’t too bad.