The highs and lows of Fundy

LOCATION: Fundy National Park in SE New Brunswick

CAMPGROUND: Chignecto North within the park

WEATHER: Mostly sunny. Highs in upper 70s

We started the day with a delicious breakfast with our friends Tony and Jenny. Chef Tony cooked up some eggs and grits.

Then, we were off for another day along the Bay. We went to the rocks where we had been yesterday at high tide. This is a photo of the area below yesterday….

And, here it is today, 40 feet lower. What a contrast.

We climbed down the steps and “walked on the ocean floor”.

The rock formations are very interesting, including this one favored by George and Tony that looks like a man’s body part….

After a nice picnic there, we took the scenic route back home, stopping to look at an iconic lighthouse, and the interesting cairns on the beach.

Along the road, we spotted wild blueberries and stopped to pick some. They were all over the place! We will have blueberry pancakes for breakfast tomorrow.

DINNER: It was Tony’s turn tonight. He steamed some new potatoes, green beans and carrots. Very tasty.

Tidal bore or Tied and Boar?

LOCATION: Fundy National Park in SE New Brunswick

CAMPGROUND: Chignecto North within the park. See yesterday’s description

WEATHER: Light rain in the AM; Sunny in PM. Hot inland; cool on the coast

Today’s destination was Moncton, one of 3 major cities in New Brunswick. Since the weather was still a bit iffy, we decided to do an indoor activity. So, how about tasting some beer?!? We found a “filling station” that sells growlers and cans, so we stocked up on some. Then, the weather cleared up and we found a nice outdoor restaurant for lunch. We had asked for a restaurant recommendation at the brewery, and we thought they said “Tidal Bore”. That would make sense since we are on the Bay of Fundy. We couldn’t find it. Finally, asked again and learned that it is a play on words – Tide & Boar. They actually serve wild boar, and Tony and Jenny tasted their boar poutine.

We then walked along the river and watched the tide come in.. This is a daily spectacle – finding out when the tide changes. This is when the incoming tide meets the outgoing tide and causes an actual wave. This phenomenon is called a bore. The Bay of Fundy has the most dramatic ones in the world. Sometimes surfers actually surf on it. This happens twice a day, every day. The water churns so much that it is called the “Chocolate River”.

We stopped at another place to see the rocks at high tide. Tomorrow, we will return and see it at low tide – photos to compare the two to follow tomorrow!

Lobster is king here, as it is in Maine. Our campground is next to a cute fishing village. The lobster boats in the bay sometimes are docked in water, and other times (low tide) in the mud.

Lobster is on every menu, and is even available at Subway!

DINNER: It was our turn to cook tonight. We had brats and wieners on the grill and potato salad. George (in another unsupervised shopping trip) had bought some cod tongues. He grilled them as appetizers; they were NOT a hit.

Fun in Fundy

LOCATION: Fundy National Park, New Brunswick – in SE corner of province

CAMPGROUND: Chigneto Campground within the national park. Electricity and water at sites. Nice, woodsy, long sites. Campfire ring and picnic table. Nice bathrooms and showers. $30/night. 4 stars out of 5. (It really warrants 5 stars but $30/night is expensive compared to the senior pass rates for US national park campgrounds).

WEATHER: Beautiful! Highs in low 80s. At the coast, in the 70s

Since there wasn’t anything to do at the roadside pull-out where we had overnighted, we got up early and left. We drove through Saint John, New Brunswick’s largest city and stopped for coffee and wifi. We had planned to check out a brewpub there, but it was too early in the AM. (Even for us!). To kill some time, we stopped at a grocery and I got a hair cut, always a scary experience.

Then, on to Fundy. The Bay of Fundy has the most drastic tide changes of anyplace in the world. The park is right on the bay. As it was too early to check in, we drove in to the town by the park’s eastern entrance and found a microbrewery. It is in an old church. Really cutely remodeled.

Then, we found a restaurant overlooking the water. They had tables outside, but George thought it was too cool! ;-(.

By this time, it was time to check in, so we got settled in the campground. A few minutes later, our friends Tony and Jenny arrived. It was so fun catching up with them again. They have planned our trip for the next 15 days. We will be here for 5 nights. We chatted about our plans here, and they also gave us some suggestions for our travels after our time together.

DINNER: Tony and I are going to share cooking, each preparing meals every other evening. Tonight’s was Tony’s night. He made a really good seafood chowder, with ciabatta bread. Perfect for our first night here.

Canada, here we come!

LOCATION: Between Fredericton and Saint John, New Brunswick

CAMPGROUND: A roadside rest area. Picnic table; no other amenities. 4 stars out of 5. Free!

WEATHER: Hot and sunny – 88. Cool at night

We got an early start packing up from Acadia National Park. We have been at Acadia 3 nights, without electricity and water. This has been a test. The battery did great and we have plenty of water. So, this tells us that we can “boondock” —- camp without hookups for at least 3-4 days with no worries. We don’t have solar panels or a generator, but we don’t seem to need either.

Our destination was western New Brunswick, Canada. Our GPS took us in a round-about way, first NW to Bangor, then NE to the border. We went through a lot of “Maine Woods”. It is very sparsely populated with lots of beautiful pine trees and lakes.

We stopped for lunch at a Mom&Pop food truck and shared a scallop roll. Really tasty. I offered to drive after that, and of course, the road went to pot. We have never been on such a bumpy secondary highway. It must be from the snowplows in the winter. The speed limit was 40mph, but I couldn’t even get up to that speed due to the bumps. (Later when we opened the trailer, we found that cupboards had sprung open and we had dishes scattered all over the floor). There were virtually no houses along the way, so there was no traffic. Lots of signs warning about moose and deer on the highway, one saying that it is a “high hit” area.

The border was a breeze. No one was in line. The agent asked about guns, and we told him that we are probably about the only Texans without them. We had stocked up on beer and wine in Maine due to the higher prices in Canada. When we told him how much we had, he didn’t care. He didn’t even ask about my herbs that I had tossed, certain that they would be confiscated.

Due to the time zone change and the slow-going roads, it was later than we had planned as we entered Nova Scotia. Our destination was a Harvest Host alpaca farm that closes at 4:00, and it was already 5:30. We approached the farm and both said “uh-oh”. It was a narrow, dirt road with a lot of pot holes. The house was pretty dilapidated, and 3 enormous, barking dogs rushed to greet us. The owners showed us where we could camp – in the middle of a hay field that had not been mown. It was in full 90-degree sun. We decided it would not work. I got out to help George turn around. The cute alpacas, along with goats and sheep, stuck their heads out of their barns to watch me.

What to do? We thought we would keep on driving until we found a campground. The GPS said the nearest one would be 2 hours away. Nothing else to do, but to move on. About 15 minutes later, we saw this rest stop without any “no overnight parking” signs and said “This will do”. We relaxed in the shade of a covered picnic table and had a nice dinner. The traffic on the highway stopped about 9:00, so it was pretty quiet. We opened up all the windows and had a nice breeze. What an adventure!!

DINNER: Rotisserie chicken and broccoli with cheese.