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Monday, July 28, 2014

Two Relaxing Days at Bay of Fundy N.P.

Days 47 and 48 of trip, Saturday & Sunday, July 26 & 27

Ahhhh...two days hanging out around camp, just to relax and enjoy our surroundings. It is the weekend, after all!

We just worked at camp chores Saturday morning. In the afternoon Curt wanted to go swimming, but I felt more like hanging out in camp. So he headed to the Park's saltwater pool for a couple of hours. It's a large pool, overlooking the ocean. 

I wandered around the campground and found a lovely spot overlooking the ocean, where I happily knitted for a couple of hours, listening to the waves roll in below. It was heavenly!

Then we found the place where you can walk cown the steep steps (122 to be exact!) into the little town of Alma. 

Now Alma is no booming metropolis...you can pretty well walk it end to end in about 6 minutes. There's not a lot of tourist fluff there...one gift shop, several inns, and about half a dozen seafood places, all featuring Bay of Fundy lobster.

I told myself I wouldn't write about any more lobster meals, but this one was a unique experience. We checked out the menus at a couple of restaurants and decided we really didn't want to spend that much money. So we found a place off the street, overlooking the water, that wasn't really a restaurant...it was more of a lobster shop where you could go in and buy lobster live or cooked, and take it home to eat it. Here's their live tank, with a couple of the big guys coming up to the surface:

There was one table in the shop, so we asked the girl behind the counter, Kelsey, if we could eat a lobster there. She helped us pick one out, heated up some butter for us, and we were as happy as could be. No drinks, coleslaw, corn, potatoes, rolls, or anything else usually served with lobster...just lobster and butter. Period. We figured we could get our veggies after we got back to the camper. This was not exactly fine dining, but it was delicious eating, and who were we to complain about the ambiance? We spent less than 1/3 of what we would have spent in a restaurant, and we got only the very best part of the meal! Thanks, Kelsey!
Plus we worked off all that butter taking the 122 steps back up into the campground.

Yesterday we hung around the campground for most of the day. Met a great couple, Cliff and Carolyn Chaisson who were camped in a pop-up trailer next to us. They're a fun loving couple, and they gave us all kinds of ideas of things to do on our trip. 

We'll be seeing them again, for sure. Curt has been wondering where he could get the oil changed in the truck. Turns out that Cliff and Carolyn own Charlotte Street Auto in St. John, New Brunswick, so that's the first stop when we get off the ferry from Nova Scotia next week.

We met several other couples and families around the campground, and just enjoyed a day of visiting. I did get a chance to snap a few photos of some of the flowers and scenery in the park:



Then we spent time doing some necessary details, like making reservations for the next leg of our trip (a 2-hour process with the technological challenges we have up here!) and beginning to organize the camper for traveling. So we're all set for 4 days on Prince Edward Island, and at least 4 more in Nova Scotia. 

I love Texas, but I've never really made friends with the heat in the summer there. THIS is what I love...high temperatures in the mid 70s to 80, coolish nights, and a good rain every few days to keep things cool and green. It's been a long time since I've experienced this type of weather, and I can't get enough of it!

Next time you hear from me , we'll be on Prince Edward Island. See you then!



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