Thursday, August 24, 2006

Road trip pics

The ride was long. 2500 kilometers (1600 miles) total. The first sunrise of the trip - Grand Falls New Brunswick.

It rained a lot. For the first three days we didn't see the sun. We did see the world's longest covered bridge though.

And the world's largest axe.

This church in Saint John reminded me of "Let's Make a Deal".

A view from the 18th century tower in Saint John constructed to protect against an American invasion.

Despite the rain, we managed to squeeze in 5 hikes.

The geese flying above a foggy salt marsh on the Bay of Fundy.

The Hopewell Rocks at low tide. This Easter Islandesque scene is created by the enormous tides. All of the green at the bottom of the rocks is seaweed. The tides vary some 42 feet every day.

When it goes out, vast mudflats are exposed. Serge went to investigate the mud.

We ate like kings. Crab, lobster and scallops were consumed each day. Spouse ate every bite of that plate.

Finally the last day we saw some sun and drove up the Acadian coast. Here, a two kilometer boardwalk straddles the beach and saltmarsh.

The water temp was swimmable. We just waded a bit though.

The flags of New Brunswick, Canada and Acadia.

We saw lots of lighthouses.

And an obligatory vacation sunset.

Tomorrow, a couple videos. Join us as we cross the world's longest covered bridge and as we prepare to view the Moncton tidal bore. No, we are not in our 70's. Oh and all the pictures are clickable for screen filling versions.


Timmy said...


I was worried that you got lost~!

glad you had a great time!

Anonymous said...

The Indiana county of Parke has the most covered bridges, 35 I think. Crazy people try to burn them down and have been succesful. There were over 40 of them. Anyway, the pictures are beautiful. Can't wait for the videos. Welcome home.

CoffeeDog said...

You are so cute, with your descriptions and commentary.

I think I've read about that tide place somewhere, maybe National Geographic?

Lemuel said...

Cool pics! Thanks for sharing. The views are great despite the weather. Spouse's plate looks fantastic. (Of course, Spouse looks... oh, well... **grin**) btw, nice pic of you, too. I hope you got one of the two of you together.

Could not help recall Curtis's post about the ball of twine and the statues of corn when I saw your pics of the ax and the bridge.

Seems like you had a great trip. Look forward to the vids. welcome back.

Chunks said...

Now that you've been where I just was, I feel closer to you! Wasn't Saint John amazing? I should have given you Colleen's number, she is the BEST tour guide! We missed the Hartland Bridge and Buctouche this time and didn't even KNOW about the giant axe! Next time though!

Can't wait for the videos!

West End Bob said...

Great photos and commentary . . . . Glad you got to enjoy some sunshine after all.

Timmy said...

ed's right, we have a covered bridge festival every year. its very cool, if you are 60+ years old~! hahha! kidding!

toobusyliving said...

Looks beautiful - welcome back! Leave it to a boy from Southern California to see a game show in a cathedreal!

Jason said...

You certainly have a talent in photography. Those are all amazing.

S said...

Did you get to reinact the scene from the Bridges of Madison County where Clint Eastwood first meets Meryl Streep when picking wildflowers by the side of the bridge?

No? Ok.

Just a thought.

Doug said...

Stunning photos! Are you sure you didn't just scan in some postcards?

You really are a skilled photographer.

St. Dickeybird said...

Beautiful. I've never been to the East Coast - may have to make the trek soon.

As for the church doors, I half expected to see dancing popes leap from the doorways.

Normlr said...

Great pics. Sounds like a awesome vacation. I've been thinking of heading out east. Makes me want go even more. Plus that food looks scrumptious.

Jack said...

Welcome back!?

I hope you guys got to rest!?

That pic of Serge on the mud patch is amazing!?

The others a pretty great too!?

If you have them on CD, I'd like to see them!?

A Bear in the Woods said...

Spouse looks as cute as he did in that Hong Kong hotel room, and that was Way cute.
I'd feed him seafood all the time if that's what it does.
You look like you come alive in the woods. If it makes you both look that good, you should get a cabin in the woods.

Anonymous said...

GORGEOUS SHOTS!!!!! Glad you're having fun!!!

dantallion said...

Beautiful shots. Welcome back. I'm glad you were able to enjoy yourselves despite the weather.

GayProf said...

I am no structural engineer, but has been looked at that covered bridge recently? It seems a wee bit, um, rustic?

Glad you and Spouse had fun! We missed you, though.

Patricia said...

1,600 miles is a hell of a long drive. but c'mon. the world's largest axe would've made it totally worth it.

i love the doors, as well. and your eye for them.

my mouth waters at all that seafood.

Patricia said...

1,600 miles is a hell of a long drive. but c'mon. the world's largest axe would've made it totally worth it.

i love the doors, as well. and your eye for them.

my mouth waters at all that seafood.

Anonymous said...

Memories...sweet memories of NB.

Glad you enjoyed it despite the weather.

Welcome home!


dirk.mancuso said...

Welcome back!

That is a beautiful sunrise, but it's the world's largest axe that has my interest piqued (I'm a freak for stuff like that).

Looking forward to the videos.

dpaste said...

Sounds dee-lightful. Looking forward to the videos.

Anonymous said...

What great photos! You don't say if you enjoyed the break but I presume you did! Can't wait for the videos!

Best Wishes,


Anonymous said...

I am so jealous. I need a vacation...and I need one with views like this! Awesome pictures.

r said...

The sunrise... that was bee yoo tee full.

You know my reaction to all that seafood though.

I'm glad you're back.

D e s i g n Girl said...

Just Amazing pictures!! What a beautiful place. :)

teh l4m3 said...

Hey in that one pic I can see your mushroom tip.