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PEI and Nova Scotia 2013 – Greg and Bonnie’s RV Adventures

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Home safely

June 13, 2013 - 4:29 pm No Comments

We awoke at 6 am and hit the road by 7 am.  You know how it is when you are anxious to get home.   We really did enjoy the trip, even though the weather was not the best.  But overall, we had a good trip and saw many beautiful sights.

We stopped by to see the grandbabies on our way in to town.   They were outside playing with Mommy and they dropped what they were doing and ran into our arms.  You just can’t get better than this.   To end this journey, I’ve attached some photos of our welcome home.

Stats:

6,300 miles

$1400 in fuel costs

$1200 in campground fees

$1000 miscellaneous

Hope you enjoyed our journey.  Safe travels to you all.

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Back to Dixie

June 12, 2013 - 2:22 pm No Comments

We had a good night in a great little campground in Pine Cove, PA. We were awakened this morning by a whirring sound outside. It was constant, and it seemed to be birds or such. After walking outside, we spoke with a gentleman who said it was cicadas. They come out every 17 years or so and Pennsylvania had been warned of their arrival. Very interesting because the sound was so intense!

It was 70 degrees this morning so we finally put on shorts for the day. The sun shined most of the day and not a drop of rain fell. We stopped at McDonalds for coffee and were on the road by 7:30 am. Notice the closer we are to home the earlier we get started.

We crossed the Mason-Dixon Line before noon and the temperature soared to 85 degrees. We stopped at a rest stop for lunch, and we saw a hilarious sight. A rented RV pulled in in front of us, and out jumps a 30-something man, covered in tattoos, with all sorts of body piercings, including nipple piercings. On top of all that, he only had on shorts, no shirt of any kind! Yep, we are definitely back in the south.

Traffic on I-81 is terrible!!!There are so many 18 wheelers, you can hardly make a move on the interstate. They fill up the rest stops so there is hardly a place to stop. So driving all day is quite stressful. We’ve stopped for the evening in one of our favorite parks, fort Chiswell in Wytheville, Virginia. We arrived here early enough for me to bake Greg his favorite mixed berry cobbler. We also will have BBQ ribs which I brought in the freezer.

We should arrive home tomorrow by mid-afternoon if all goes well. Cannot WAIT to see those GRANDBABIES!!!!

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A long day of driving

June 11, 2013 - 4:28 pm No Comments

We were in a beautiful little campground last night in Quechee, Vermont. It’s on the outskirts of Woodstock, Vermont. The campground was so well done, and it was in a forest. Everywhere you looked were wild ferns.

Rain kept us from taking any decent photos, but the rain lulled us off to sleep and it continued all night. Just a slow, quiet rain. There was another View parked a couple of lots down from us, but we never saw a single person due to the weather. Ok, enough of that.

Woodstock is such a pretty little town. Lots of B&Bs and quaint little upscale shops for tourists. We saw a sign for the Suicide Six Ski area.

We stopped for lunch at Panera’s near Albany, NY. The soup was a nice change from our usual sandwich.

We’ve hit 5,000 miles around Scranton, PA and tonight we are in Pine Cove, PA, at a nice RV park. It’s really set up for families with children, as there are lots of activities.

Tomorrow we should spend the night in Wytheville, Virginia. We’ve stayed in the same park a couple of times coming through the area, and we like it. If we make it to Wytheville tomorrow, we should be home by Thursday evening.

No photos today and you know why………

Walkers Point and Sugarbush Farms

June 10, 2013 - 1:36 pm No Comments

We have had so many tolls in the last two days, it’s ridiculous. Beware of the Maine turnpike. Every time you exit the turnpike, you have to pay a toll to get back on the turnpike!!! So we got off the turnpike to get diesel, paid a toll to get back on. Left the turnpike to spend the night, paid a toll to get back on. And every time, the tolls were different amounts. Two dollars at one toll booth, five dollars at another. Mind bending!!!

We drove the short distance to Walkers Point, and there is a nice area for us to park and take photos of the compound. This is a stunning area. Hard to imagine this property was purchased by George Bush 41’s maternal grandfather, who was a banker from St. Louis. The main house was built in 1903, and several houses or cabins have been added over the years. It’s just a stunning piece of property, jutting out in the ocean. We were told by a lady walking by, that George 43 is at the compound this week as well as George 41 and Barbara. There were several cars in the compound. We saw a man come out of the main house and get into a golf cart and go to another house. The entire area was very upscale; lots of mansions nearby, but not too close. It was quite an interesting visit.

After taking photos, we left the area and drove toward New Hampshire. Along the way, we saw a nice little produce stand (picture included). We met the nicest family who has run this produce garden for many generations. We bought fresh strawberries, lettuce, and tomatoes. We’ll enjoy this fresh produce tonight with dinner.

I’ve bought several gifts over the years from Sugarbush Farms in Woodstock, Vermont and since our route took us through Woodstock, we decided to stop by for a visit. This is a working farm and they produce their own maple syrup, cheese, etc. It’s a very rustic farmhouse but you could walk right in to a tasting room where we were given samples of all the grades of syrup and all different cheeses. We really enjoyed this visit, but you wouldn’t believe the location. We drove down a one lane road until it became a dirt road, then traveled along up and down hills until it seemed like we were not possibly going to find it. At the end of the road, the farm sits in a beautiful setting. It is a family run operation, so we saw one of the daughters dipping the blocks of cheese in wax, and one son was in the basement filling Internet requests. It was a very interesting visit.

We stopped at a couple of shops before ending the day at a KOA campground in Quechee, Vermont. There are many B&B’s everywhere in Vermont and New Hampshire. Also lots of gift shops, antique shops, etc.

It’s raining again, but we are settled so its ok. Temperatures are around 65 degrees. Heading south tomorrow.

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The Driver and the Navigator

June 9, 2013 - 2:03 pm 1 Comment

We’ve had a pretty good day. Surely it’s not my imagination that when we crossed through the US border this morning, the weather improved! LOL

Since there is no scenery to speak of today, we talked about our teamwork while we travel. There are two jobs—the driver and the navigator. We both can do either job, but Greg would rather drive than navigate. When I navigate, I use a map, an exit book, a campground book, a magnifying glass, etc. When Greg navigates, he just stares at the map and asks me “where are we?” So it’s better if I navigate and he drives. He gets testy if he is faced with details. LOL. So you’ll see photos today of us driving and navigating. And not that I’m pushing you to take sides, but who would you rather navigate your 6,000 mile trip to Canada??? I’m just sayin’

I took the first photo in today’s entry to show you the rain and clouds we’ve seen most of this trip.

This crossing was the first time a border agent actually asked to enter the RV for inspection. So we gladly opened the door and he climbed in. He went all the way back to the bathroom, looked around, and then came back to the galley and opened the refrigerator. He asked if we were carrying citrus or seeds, firearms, alcohol (well maybe just a little). But I would have wrestled him if he had tried to take our wine. We bought three bottles at a winery in PEI and I wasn’t about to let him have it!! When he finished his inspection, he tipped his hat and said “welcome home”.

Did you know Canada does not have pennies? The total cost of your purchase is rounded up or down so the change you receive is nickels, dimes, etc. The looney is a one dollarpiece, and the tooney is a two dollarpiece. They do not have dollar bills. We started spending down our loonies and toonies a couple of days ago so we wouldn’t have Canadian currency when we came back to the US. We paid cash for our fuel, and bought some non-perishable groceries, and then today I had $1.60 left, so we stopped at a quick stop and I bought a small bag of potato chips that we enjoyed at lunchtime. So we are going home with 15 cents of Canadian currency. OK, so everyone make fun of me. Must be MEMA sitting on my shoulder. LOL

We made it to Kennebunkport, Maine for the evening. We are just a few miles from Walkers Point, home of George and Barbara Bush. They’ve already arrived for the summer. Tomorrow morning we hope to get a few shots of their home. Then we will head toward New Hampshire and Vermont.

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Hello from Fredericton, New Brunswick

June 8, 2013 - 1:16 pm 1 Comment

We realized last night when we were checking weather that Hurricane Andrea was going to make a direct hit to Nova Scotia. It’s probably no more than a tropical storm, but rather than wait it out, we decided to hit the road this morning.

We already decided that we would not try to make the 8 hour ferry crossing to Newfoundland due to bad weather, and this final round of storms definitively answered the question for us. We are a little disappointed, but to be honest, we also are ready to head home. The weather has been difficult. Between the rain and cold, we’ve not been able to walk or hike, so being stuck in the RV every day is not fun. So it’s just as well that we head home.

We will cross the US border tomorrow at St. Croix, Maine, and will be home by next weekend. We will drive through New Hampshire and Vermont, where we hope to find some good maple syrup.

No photos today due to bad weather. ARGHHHH

PS. almost forgot to mention two things. We hit the 4,000 mile mark. And yesterday we stopped at a village market which advertised fresh oysters right from the sea. We bought some, and the fish monger actually shucked the oysters right there while we waited. I used Mama’s recipe of crushed saltines with seasonings to coat the oysters (after dipping in egg) and fried them quickly. We both agreed they were the best oysters we’ve ever had. DELICIOUS!!!!!!!

Enchanting Cape Breton, Thursday and Friday, June 6 and 7, 2013

June 7, 2013 - 12:01 pm 1 Comment

Thursday: First of all, the weather is absolutely wonderful. It’s cold, high today around 52, but the sky is clear and we had great views of the cape.

We enjoyed our evening in Antigonish, and started out this morning after breakfast. We stopped at a Visitor Center to get a good map of Cape Breton, and then we were on our way. I had already researched the area and I knew of several spots I wanted to stop and visit. We stopped for lunch in Mabou, on the western side of the cape. The lady at the Visitor Center said a restaurant called “The Mull” had the best seafood chowder on the cape. We found the restaurant without trouble and had a wonderful bowl of their seafood chowder. It was chock full of haddock, clams, scallops, and lobster. Can you imagine? We really enjoyed it.

The Cabot Trail winds it’s way around the tip of Cape Breton, which is also a Canadian National Park. It winds around and over coastal mountains, with heart-stopping views of the ocean at just about every turn. It does remind us of Hwy 101 in California, although the Cabot Trail is easier to drive. Cape Breton is also famous for Celtic music and the Acadian culture.

One of our stops was in the village of Grand Etang at a unique display of locally handmade masks and exhibits depicting the evolution of one of the oldest Acadian traditions, “La Mi-Careme”, still celebrated here every year. It started as a diversion for residents during Lent. They would dress up in costumes and handmade masks and go to neighbors houses to see if they knew who you were. Sort of like our Halloween without the candy. The masks were supposedly worn so the parish priest would not know who you were. Ben collects masks from his travel around the world, so we’re bringing one home for him.

We did not make it all the way around the loop today, so we stopped for the night at a provincial park within the Cape Breton National Park. There are just a few of us in here for the evening, and there was no one to pay, so we just set up camp with the others. If a ranger comes around, we can pay him. As soon as we turned into the campground, Greg saw a huge female moose right in front of us. Of course by the time I got the camera focused, the moose ran into the woods. She came out one more time so the other campers could see her, but I could only get a photo of her as she was leaving the area.

We’ll enjoy a quiet evening in this nice little park.

Friday: We enjoyed our evening in the Broad Cove Campground. There were only about six rigs in here for the evening and it was very quiet. We were able to take a nice walk but were cautious in looking out for the moose. We did not see her again. Friday we drove the final leg of the Cabot Trail, and we’ve settled into Whiddens Park in Antigonish once again. This afternoon we did laundry.

Tomorrow we’ll head out of Nova Scotia toward the US and Maine.

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A beautiful drive today

June 5, 2013 - 2:00 pm 1 Comment

We had a quiet night in Martins River and we were happy to see blue skies when we awoke this morning. The entire day has been just about the best we’ve had on the trip. We began our drive westward on the island through countless fishing villages. We especially liked Blue Rock, a small fishing village that is representative of all the little fishing villages on this side of Nova Scotia. Have no idea why it’s named Blue Rock, unless its because the rocks on the waters edge tend to look dark blue or grey.

We drove through the villages and residents were walking or biking for their morning exercise. What a quiet, peaceful existence.

After lunch we backtracked somewhat to head across the island to the east, where we can drive the Cabot Trail, which encompasses Cape Breton National Park. This drive reminds folks of the coastal road Highway 101 in California. So I’m prepared for a wild ride. We’ll drive the route clockwise so we’ll be on the inside of the road and not the outside. We’ve learned our lesson on this matter!

We’ve settled for the evening in a quaint little town called Antigonish. Our park is on the edge of “main street”, so after settling down for the evening, we took a nice walk downtown.

Sorry I was not able to post larger photos. Depending on WIFI in a campground is not the best idea.

Tomorrow we will drive eastward toward Cape Breton.

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Quiet day in Scotia Pine, Nova Scotia

June 3, 2013 - 1:02 pm No Comments

Not much to report today. We are staying in the RV Park so we can do laundry and housekeeping. After an extremely warm evening last night, we awoke to cool temperatures and cloudy skies. It didn’t rain until late in the day, so we’ve actually enjoyed sitting outside in our chairs, walking, and reading.

Tomorrow we head out for Peggy’s Cove. The photos attached were taken in the campground today.

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Prince Edward Island: Farming, Fishing, and Faith

June 2, 2013 - 2:18 pm 1 Comment

We had a heavy rain during the night but no wind, thunder, or lightening, so it didn’t keep us awake. It was cold when we hit the road for the day, and I only mention the temperature again because this evening the temperature is 85 degrees!! Not complaining!!!

We drove the North Cape Coastal Drive today. It was somewhat overcast most of the morning but we still enjoyed some beautiful scenery. We’ve never seen such beautiful farmland. The soil is so pure and it appears the farmers are busy tilling and planting, we assume, their famous Cavendish potatoes. Fishing boats are everywhere. And churches!!!! Every small village has a nice church. We’ve mostly seen Presbyterian and Anglican. We noticed also, since we were driving on Sunday morning, that a lot of the churches were closed. Every so often we would pass a church that was full of people. So we’ve determined they probably have a circuit preacher who stops at a different church every week. The churches all have very tall steeples. You can tell when you are coming upon another village, because you see the steeple first. And in the two church photos in this entry, notice the houses next door to each one. We think this is the parsonage!!! It is decorated just like the church.

We visited Green Gables and you’ll see some shots of the outside of the house as well as the grounds. We were unable to go into the house. The Canadian government is saving money by closing the house to visitors every Sunday and Monday this summer. I don’t want to talk about it!!! But we did enjoy seeing the house and grounds. And there was no notice for the closing!!

We stopped at a little retail fish market and bought fresh scallops and lobster claws (the most tender part of the lobster in our opinion). We had some of the scallops for dinner tonight. I sautéed them in olive oil, a little butter, white wine, and seasonings. Delicious!!!!

We crossed back over the Confederation Bridge and paid a $45.00 toll to LEAVE the island. Then shortly we crossed into Nova Scotia and stopped at the Visitor Center for maps and information. We’ve stopped for the evening in the Scotia Pines RV Park in Truro, Nova Scotia. We will probably stay here for two nights so we can do laundry and strategize about our route around the island.

I took the photo of the cemetery because it is right on the ocean. I was foggy when I took the photo, but if you look closely behind the cemetery, you can see the ocean. What a peaceful spot!!!

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