Greetings from New BrunswickPosted: June 3, 2012
Very often when I travel somewhere beautiful, I will think or say, “I could live here.” But there has been one occasion where I not only thought “I could live here,” but felt as if I’d somehow come home even though it was a place I had never visited. Now there might be two such places in my life. I’m withholding judgment for the moment as there is still so much for us to see and do, and I think New Brunswick is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.
But let’s start at the beginning. M and I arrived in Portland, Maine later than expected on Friday. Because of heavy rains and gusty winds sweeping from Chicago to Cleveland, our flight was delayed about an hour. We also lost another hour by moving from the Eastern to the Atlantic time zone. That was a bit later.
The flight was uneventful, thank goodness. Everything else went smoothly, too. We picked up our rental car and made our way north and east. Sunset is late this far north, and there is a long twilight. Add in a bright moon, and things were pretty well lit for us. It’s a good thing. We didn’t make it to where we’re staying in Alma, New Brunswick until shortly after midnight.
The scenery along the way was gorgeous. I wish we’d had time to stop so I could take a few photos, but we were running so late that I resisted. I did get two photos while we were in Maine, but I’ll save those for when we’re home and I can get a good look at them. We saw a big, beautiful, black bear somewhere in the North Maine Woods. We watched the moonrise and then light up the Bay of Fundy. We saw trees and mountains, and very few other people. We drove through Fundy National Park, and stopped for a few minutes just to admire the quiet of the night.
Saturday we were up early in spite of our late arrival the night before. Throughout the day we saw the Bay of Fundy at low tide and high tide. If you’re unfamiliar with the Bay of Fundy, check out this link. The short version is that the Bay of Fundy experiences the highest tides in the world. It’s pretty amazing, really. And beautiful? Oh yes. Very much so.
We walked along a couple of beaches, and hiked around the Hopewell Rocks area for several hours. The weather was perfect. Sunny, clear for a good part of the day, a few clouds later, and in the 70s. The rain we thought would follow us got stalled somewhere west of here so we lucked into a lovely day.
As for food, we’ve been eating our fill of lobster. It’s lobster season here now. We were told today that lobster season is May-June, while scallop season starts around the end of June and can run anywhere from 2-4 weeks. I’m sorry we’ll miss scallop season, but lobster is no hardship or consolation prize. We don’t have fresh lobster in the Bogs.
We spent last evening on the deck where we’re staying, enjoying the view posted in the first photo. We were much too tired to do much of anything else. We watched the boats come in and go out, hoping for a good sunset, but it was not to be. The cloud cover thickened. No visible sunset. No repeat of the moonlight on the water. Even so, it was a wonderful place to be sitting and relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the evening while discussing all the marvelous sights we’ve seen so far. We also seem to have acquired a couple of friends. A raven, one of the cutest little squirrels I’ve ever seen, and a small dog.
Today we’re going hiking, but not sure where just yet. Perhaps we’ll wander over to Fundy National Park. Or there are a few lighthouses, beaches, and covered bridges we’d like to see. I suspect dinner, if not lunch and dinner, will involve lobster. And vegetables. It’s funny how much I miss veggies when we travel. We get them when and where we can, but don’t eat nearly as many servings of fruit or veggies while on the road.
That’s it from New Brunswick for today. Just wanted to check in while I can. Posting photos takes a ridiculously long time so I don’t expect I’ll post too many unless the weather turns bad and we’re forced indoors for a while. Thank you for visiting. I hope all is going well in your world, and that you’re experiencing some marvelous, magical, fantastical views, too. You don’t have to be traveling to do that. A loved one’s smile, a flower, a gorgeous sunrise or sunset, raindrops or dew on grass, wind dancing through the branches of a tree… the list is endless.