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Wine and Anne of Green Gables

Prince Edward Island

rain 4 °C

We took the Confederation Bridge over to Prince Edward Island. It was extremely windy, so I can't say the drive across the bridge was that enjoyable as the driver, but Nathan marveled at the engineering.

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It took about 10 minutes to cross (as I clutched the stearing wheel and battled the wind, white knuckled).

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Then we drove around PEI. The landscape was very different from the other maritime provinces... with red soil farmland as far as the eye could see, surrounded by open ocean. Very beautiful, very windy.

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We stopped beside a church overlooking the ocean to eat lunch and so I could fly my kite. It was such a beautiful and magical place. Definitely a moment I will remember for life. Plus, we had perogies for lunch. :)

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We made our way to Charlottetown and walked around the historic downtown.

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I had a heated political discussion with John A. MacDonald outside the Anne of Green Gables store.

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After that, it started to pour rain and it was absolutely freezing out. We headed home for the night. We tried to find a nice restaurant to enjoy some seafood, but all we could find was chain restaurants. Nothing in the downtown core was open and the rest of the city was full of big box stores. So, we bought some PEI wine and watched movies while the wind howled outside.

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Lazy Day

Shediac, New Brunswick

sunny 22 °C

Since we found the greatest campsite ever, we decided to stay another night and just relax. The day pretty much went like this:

Sit on the beach in the sunshine.

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Fly the kite when the wind picks up.

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Watch the beautiful sunset with a glass of wine.

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Winding Roads in New Brunswick

Hopewell Rocks - Moncton - Shediac - Giant Lobster

all seasons in one day 22 °C

We woke up to lots of fog and mist. Too bad we wanted to hike! We headed to Hopewell Rocks, one of the most famous places in New Brunswick. The images of the rocks are covering all their touristic promotional items. The park was technically closed but you could hike in... they just weren't responsible for keeping you safe. The trails were not dangerous at all though... just pretty and foggy. In tourist season you could take a train down to the site... hahaha.

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The flowerpot rocks, as they are called, were really neat. You could see where the tide levels came up to which was really impressive. We weren't even there at low tide.

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We had planned to wait out the tide changes but after the horrible weather and the long wait time, we decided to move on.

On the drive to Moncton, we were being followed very closely by a car full of people. I wondered why they weren't passing us. When we stopped for gas, they pulled over beside us and I immediately thought something was wrong. Before I could get out of the car, the lady was at my window. She wanted to know if she could have a tour of our camper van. hahaha. She and her daughter were so friendly and so I gave them a tour and answered all their questions about it. It was pretty weird, but then the people in the gas station were just as friendly.

Next, we drove back through Moncton and stopped for coffee and money. Moncton had a few nice streets but mostly it looked like this:

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It was suddenly extremely hot out. It got up to 26 degrees today, which after sleeping next to a snow bank, feels really warm. We actually didn't even bring warm weather clothes.

With coffee in hand and the Sweeney Todd Musical soundtrack blaring, we continued on a drive called the Acadian Coastal Drive. The Acadian culture is really evident and most people speak English as a second language. We ended up in a little town called Shediac. Just when we were getting frustrated trying to find somewhere to camp, we went into a place where people live year round in their RVs. There was a tiny little sign on the house at the gates that said they have 3 sites for rent, you just have to call some guy. As we were trying to find coins for the pay phone, he drove up and was all excited that we wanted to stay. He took us to a campsite right on the water!!

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The place even has full hook ups, including WiFi so we are... happy campers!

For supper, we decided to wander to find seafood. We have been eating seafood daily since we got here (even though Nathan doesn't particularly like it). On the way downtown we found a giant lobster... the world's largest, apparently!

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Across the river from the giant lobster was a roadside lobster stand. Cooked lobster was available at a take out window for only $6.85!

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We had a bit of an adventure getting the meat out of the lobster, which I guess is part of the fun.

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I ended up with lobster juice on my nose, which almost made Nathan throw up.

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At the advice of the lady in the roadside lobster stand, we sauteed the lobster with some butter, garlic, and special salt we picked up at the winery the day before. We paired it with a Cape Breton wine in honor of the fact that we never made it there as we had originally planned.

Right now, Nathan is complaining about how his fingers smell like lobster guts. We are both stretched out on the couches in the back of the van, playing on the internet and occassionally watching the incoming storm over the ocean.

The plan for tonight is to shower, eat popcorn, and watch Jurassic Park.

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Orchards, Vineyards, and Tides.

Annapolis Royal - Annapolis Tidal Station - Wolfville - Muir Winery - Bay of Fundy - Fundy National Park, New Brunswick!

rain 7 °C

Our morning started off with learning how to use the dump station at the campground! Fun!

But that's enough about that...

Then we headed to the Annapolis Valley. The picturesque towns continued as we drove along winding roads in our little van. We made up two road trip games (and by "we", I mean me). The first is to shriek every time there is a beautiful old house... or if it looks like a haunted house. The second is to yell graveyard every time we see one... and there are A LOT. I mostly play these games by myself.

We stopped at the Annapolis Tidal Station so Nathan could marvel at the engineering. It was actually pretty cool and such a good way to produce energy.

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Next, we drove through the orchards and vineyards to Wolfville. This side of Nova Scotia was a lot different in landscape but was also very beautiful. We stopped at Muir Murray Winery for some wine tasting and to have a picnic lunch.

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As we ate lunch, I noticed that to my left was the ocean, out front was the grape vines, to the right was a beautiful old house, and behind me was a garden... PERFECT!

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We tried without success to find a place to camp as we continued along the coast of the Bay of Fundy. We stopped in a few places to watch the tide.

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Since we couldn't find any place to camp we decided to drive all the way to New Brunswick (the laws about camping are different in NB). But by the time we had made it to Moncton we still had not found a place to camp. We continued following the Bay until we got to Fundy National Park. By this time, the roads were so narrow and curvy and it was dark with tons of fog, so we parked beside a river and a snow bank and settled down for the night.

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On the Road in Nova Scotia

Halifax - Peggy's Cove - Mahone Bay - Lunenburg - Kejimkujik National Park

overcast 12 °C

Today was the first day with our camper van! The company picked us up at noon so we had some time in the morning to do some more apartment hunting for Nathan. Besides, it was POURING rain.

The company where we rented the camper van was full of really friendly people and a big German shepherd. They taught us about the van and then we were on our way.

First stop – Atlantic Superstore!

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We loaded up on food and gas before heading through Halifax out onto the open road. Originally, we had planned to head to Cape Breton but the forecast was for snow, rain, and wind so we decided to do something different.

My first test in driving the van involved crossing the toll bridge to downtown while silmutaneously crossing 3 lanes of traffic. Once I survived that, I felt ready for anything.

We drove along the coast to Peggy’s Cove following the directions of the GPS until we got to this:

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The sign said, "Roadbed and structures may be unsafe. Use at your own risk". Thanks, Daniel Garmin (that's what my family calls the GPS).

We made a stop at the memorial site for the Swissair 111 crash. They designed the memorial to match the ecology of the coast.

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Peggy's Cove was such a beautiful place AND there were no tourists yet so we got to experience it a little more authentically. However, there were HUGE parking lots everywhere. We found a beautiful spot to stop for a picnic.

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Then we walked around the little village.

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It was so picturesque and quaint.

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There were intimidating signs all over about being careful on the rocks around the lighthouse.

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And of course, the beautiful lighthouse.

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After Peggy’s Cove we headed onwards down the coast and stopped in beautiful places to take pictures.

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Eventually we made it to Mahone Bay. It was a cute little village with beautiful old houses. Again, you could see the huge influence of tourism, but luckily there were no tourists but us.

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Next stop was Lunenburg. It was a little bit disappointing to be honest. We pulled into the Tim Hortons parking lot to try and figure out why Lunenburg was such an attraction. Either we missed the main areas to see, everything was covered in fog, or we just went the wrong way. We decided to just keep on traveling and noted that maybe we would head back someday to see what we might have missed.

We stopped in Bridgewater to grab some DVDs (our van has a flat screen tv and a dvd player!), a sweater for Nathan and shoes for me. Bridgewater is supposed to just be a commercial centre, but we found it much more interesting than Lunenburg.

Our stop for the night is Kejimkujik National Park in the centre of Nova Scotia. The countryside was a bit different than the coast and very interesting. The campground is absolutely deserted and since it’s out of season we didn’t have to pay park fees. The area is beautiful, although a lot like camping in Alberta (this is a good thing!) except for cute little signs telling you not to run over the endangered turtles.

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For supper, we had fresh fish, quinoa, and delicious salad with sparkling water and wine to drink (Habitant Blanc from Jost, a Nova Scotian wine).

Now we are sitting in our luxurious van, sprawled out on the couch, drinking wine, eating cookie ice cream sandwiches, and watching movies on the flat screen with surround sound. We have pretty much decided that the van is nicer than our house and would like to live in it forever.

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