Out and aboutPosted: June 4, 2012
I thought about titling this post “The thrill of traveling while ill,” but that hardly sounds like fun.
Besides, everything seems to have worked itself out for all involved. Perhaps it was a bad clam. Or motion sickness. Or far too much activity and excitement. Who knows?
Women, in my experience, are better at being ill and still carrying on with life than men. I’m sure there are women out there agreeing with me, as well as a few men who might have experienced exceptions to that rule.
At any rate, all seems to be well now and we didn’t really lose any sightseeing or hiking time since whatever it was occurred yesterday evening so it doesn’t matter who is better at being sick as we have both carried on.
I was sort of hoping the rain we’ve been avoiding would ride in and give us an excuse to laze around for a day or two. That may very well be the case while we’re visiting Prince Edward Island.
Prior to the evening illness, we did have a very full day of hiking and sightseeing. We walked through red spruce forests and on rocky beaches. We hiked down to Point Wolfe just before high tide and watched as the water came rushing in, amazed at how fast what had been a large beach disappeared. We crossed a dry creek bed only to find it filled with water less than ten minutes later (it’s a good thing we’d heard a short speech about how quickly the tide comes in the day before so we turned back before the water came).
We went back to Cape Enrage to climb down the long set of stairs to the rocky beach and explore. While we were down there we watched a guy rappelling down the cliff face. It looked like fun, but I haven’t the nerve to try it.
We saw reversing rapids (the water being swept out at low tide is reversed), and all sorts of wildlife (including the fella pictured above — a porcupine, I think — crossing a bridge).
All in all, not a bad day until after dinner (which was, by the way, quite delicious). There were other things in between that I’m sure I’ve left out. Another lighthouse. A ship on land. Cormorants in the marshes.
Oh and that. Up there. Walking on the sea bed, and unexpectedly finding a circle of stones (that’s only a small portion of it in the photo as I couldn’t get it all in one shot).
Today we hiked to Laverty Falls in Fundy National Park. The hike was wonderful, and took us about 3 hours, including some times exploring the falls and sitting on a rock, listening to the water while we had a picnic lunch.
When we finished at the falls, we sat by Laverty Lake for a little while enjoying the scenery and the quiet, although it was a little chilly and windy.
I could have sat there for hours, waiting to see if a moose would show up. There were signs (tracks in the mud) that moose visit the lake. Alas, we had to move on and that turned out not to be such a bad thing as it gave us a little time to relax once we’d finished with some errands and shopping for groceries. (We’re doing some of our own cooking to hold down the expense of the trip.)
We’re leaving New Brunswick tomorrow morning. I’ve really loved it here and look forward to visiting again briefly on our way back to Maine. The people we’ve met in Alma have been welcoming and helpful. It is a beautiful place.
More when I’m able. Hope all is well in your world and that you, too, are in a beautiful place.