Saturday, June 03, 2006
North to New Brunswick
Joe and I went up to Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada this past week. We drove Route 1 up the Maine coast and stopped at lots of very scenic sights including a couple of state parks. We enjoyed spotting a couple of eagles, many hawks, beaver and what we think was a coyote. It turned cold and rainy (again) instead of the partially sunny, warm weather it was supposed to be. We now take four seasons of clothing and bad weather gear with us at all times. We look sort of odd in our hiking boots, slickers and rain hats when what few tourists that are here are running around in flip flops and shorts. Bet we are more comfortable?
Stopped for the night at Herring Cove Provincial Park on Campobello Island which has about 75 camping sites.http://www.campobello.com/herring.html. The ranger said to pick any site we wanted as there were only 2 other campers there! Cold, rain with thunderstorms but the Lance camper was warm and dry and tucked into the edge of the woods so we weren't a lightning target out in the middle of a field. Next morning went to the Roosevelt Campobello International Park http://www.fdr.net/ and were the only tourists there when we arrived. We got a private tour of the Roosevelt cottage and grounds which were fascinating. So odd to walk in the footsteps of historical figures, to know you are standing in the same places as the people in photos on the wall stood. After the grounds, we took a 2 mile slog through wet woods and a stone beach to a good vantage point to see the tides turn. Quite awesome to see the water boiling as it switches for what will eventually be a 24 foot drop/rise. US Customs inspected the camper when we left NB but I think they were just more interested in seeing the truck camper than in actually looking for anything. They never even opened the truck cab.
We then headed up to St. Andrews, New Brunswick after stopping at Cobbscook State Park near Lubec, Maine. Too early to stop for the day but if you get a chance, the water front campsites are $14 a night and every picture perfect image you have ever imagined in Maine. Crossed the border again at Calais with no customs inspection. Pulled into the Kiwanis Campground in St. Andrews and sat by the Bay watching the tide turn once again. Lots of campers there from all over Canada and we learned of many more places we would like to visit. This time of year most people in campgrounds are retired couples so there is a lot in common.
Walked through Kingsbrae Gardens in St. Andrews for two hours the next morning in the rain and it was worth every step. RVing is turning us into waterlogged, wrinkled old prunes but we sure are having fun. http://www.kingsbraegarden.com/. Took Route 9 known as the Airline from Calais to Bangor and then Route 95 to home. There are times you feel like there is no one else left in the world as you see no houses, no traffic and keep looking at the sides of the road for a moose to step out. We are lucky to live up this way.