Day 9-Sea Caves and the Fundy Trail

Trip Start Sep 07, 2012
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Trip End Sep 22, 2012


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Flag of Canada  , New Brunswick,
Saturday, September 15, 2012

Our b + b hostess, Mary, prepared us a hearty breakfast omelette of bacon, spinach, mushroom, and cheese with some rhubarb muffins and coffee and juice. Our hosts were friendly and helpful and the room was charming-and here I found out that Kerry and I both enjoy b + b's-he especially loves the architecture of the old classic homes. At our hosts’ suggestion we visited "Ray’s Mustard" mill in Eastport and had a demonstration of the stone grinding and mustard processing, then bought some varieties to try out!

We traveled up to the Canadian border via Passamaquodddy Bay, which Kerry remembered from "Pete's Dragon" which he watched with his girls when they were little. We made sure to get a picture!
We crossed the border to Canada at Calais and stopped to get information on New Brunswick. Here we got a surprise message from our trusty smartphones- we needed to turn them off -along with all of our nifty "apps" - or incur increased charges of an unknown amount. Bummer. We realized how quickly one becomes dependent on these little wonders.

We braved our way on to St. Martin, New Brunswick to see the sea caves on the Bay of Fundy. We arrived at low tide (lucky-not planned) and were able to walk along the stone beach into the caves! The red rock cliffs sported bright green sea plants along their walls and walking into the caves really gave us a picture of the extremes of the Fundy tide. (Highest in the world-but you knew that!)  We then drove to a scenic highway called the Fundy Trail. This is a well-planned system with driving roads, overlooks and walking trails, most perched on towering cliffs overlooking the Bay of Fundy. We only had time for the driving trail, but one could  easily spend much more time here and enjoy the walking trails as well. We just managed to finish before dusk and really enjoyed every moment of this drive.

When we returned past the sea caves at St. Martin, the tide was way out, so we could see the dramatic differences in the tides here. With dark that evening came both rain and fog so we finally found lodging at a motel in St. George, not far from Black’s Harbor, where we were to take a ferry the following day out to Grand Manan Island.
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