Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Port Royal National Historic site

Port-Royal was established by France in 1605 and preceded the settlement of Jamestown by several years.  It was primarily a fur trading post that established a relationship with the natives who traded pelts for European goods.  In 1613, the British destroyed the  outpost and forced the French to move to what is now known as Annapolis Royal up the coast about 20 miles.

In 1939, the government decided to reconstruct this historically significant outpost and create a living site to demonstrate how life at the settlement was in the early 1600's  The settlement had a number of firsts including: the first tended crops, the first staged play, the first social club and the first water mill.

Touring the site, you learn how life in this outpost was lived with the aid of the reenactment staff providing information and answering question about the settlement.  It was a great history of the site and prelude to touring the settlement that replaced it. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick

The world famous Hopewell rocks is located in Hopewell Cape , New Brunswick and is an amazing place to see the effects of the tremendous tides in the Bay of Fundy.  The tide range here is over forty feet and had carved some fantastic rock formations with the force of the tidal waters.  Not much needs to be said about this area.  The enjoyment is in seeing the results of the tides effect on the rocks.  Perhaps the most famous of these is the flower pots, but there are many others that have also been given names. Perhaps you can find your own favorite names for some of these tide made formations?

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Enroute from St John to Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick

The old adage that it is not the destination but the journey that counts certainly applied to this portion of our trip.  It was a mere 118 miles between departure and arrival points that included a drive thru the Fundy National park.  I checked the park web site for possible points of interest to visit as we passed thru.  At the top of the web site noted that RVs and trucks should note that there was construction on the main road thru the park.  I can only say that was not kidding.  For about four miles there was not really any road left.  I believe this is the roughest surface we have ever driven an RV on.  We did not get to visit the park but just pushed on thru.

After getting thru the park, we stopped in the small village of Alma to have a time out and enjoy the pleasures of a small, if touristy, town.

As we continued on our trip, we noticed that if we diverted from our caravan route (a no no), we would be able to enjoy a very nice headland view.  So we diverted. We definitely thought it was worth it.

As we continued along the coastal route, we happened upon one of the few remaining covered bridges in the province.  We had no idea it was here, but took advantage of the discovery. The Sawmill Creek Bridge built in 1905 is still in use today as a pedestrian and horse bridge.  We really enjoy these style bridges and were so glad to have just stumbled on to this one.

Returning to the assigned route, we stopped in one of the most scenic rest stops we have been in for some time.

So we will continue to take any interesting diversions we find!

Note that advertised WI FI sites are very unreliable and I have no idea when this or any post will be uploaded.  I am now almost two weeks behind.