Canada/part one

With our time running out on our summer in Maine we decided to take a couple extra days off and check out New Brunswick. We clocked out a 3 p.m. and jumped in the truck. Within a couple of hours we were at the Walmart in Calais Maine to purchase our provisions for our 4 day excursion. That handled we hit the Duty Free Liquor store to acquire some adult beverages at a greatly reduced rate. From there we were headed over the bridge to the border crossing…..STOP…. we forgot to fill the gas tank! We had to hang a u-turn and stop back by the liquor store and drop off our purchase for them to hold while we went and filled the gas tank… Back to the liquor store to retrieve our purchase and on to the crossing….

The crossing went well as we got all the right answers to the questions…. Did you know you can’t take guns or pot across the border???? Duh…

Suzie was very excited as this was the first time out of the U.S. We had a site picked out for our overnight boondocking spot and it turned out to be just as described. A great little spot just pass a boat launch in Maces Bay. When we arrived there were 2 other campers there so we found a spot along the sand road and settled in. We had dinner and set up the truck bed with our sleeping arrangement.

We slept well but awoke to rain. We figured we would head to St John and see what the city had to offer in the way of an indoor venue. Of course it being Sunday nothing was open until noon…. and it was 8. With such little time to waste we came up with plan B. We figured since it was raining anyway we would head to the furthest point we were hoping to see and then work our way back over the next 3 days. 5 hours later we arrived at the Acadian Historical Village in Caraquet. As we arrived the rain stopped and we were graced with some blue sky! The village is an accumulation of buildings from all around New Brunswick with Acadian history. The homes ranged from 1770 to 1949 and had actors in each to give you the history of the building and the family that had lived in it. Definitely a must see in New Brunswick.

We stayed until closing time and decided we would come back the next day because we still had a few more things to see. I had found another spot for our overnight overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence. We pulled up and I got out to survey the area for the best spot. I had walked maybe 50 yards from the truck when a swarm of mosquitos hit, literally hundreds of them. I headed back towards the truck swatting as fast as I could. When Suzie arrived she began wiping them off of my back and legs. We then bolted for the truck and dove in. Needless to say staying there was not an option…. We headed back down the road a ways to a little roadside picnic table to make dinner and decide what to do…

The view was perfect and the lack of mosquitos was an added bonus! Suzie found some plantain leaves and rubbed them on my mosquito bites which was a great relief . With dinner done we decided to forfeit the return to the Village and head toward our next destination and find a spot along the way to boondock. We ended up spending the night in a visitor’s center parking lot in Richibucto. It was about 10 when we arrived so we just climbed in the back and passed out… Stay tuned for Part 2…

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