Great Adventure of 2019: The Fundy Trail and Sea Caves


We jumped on the Fundy Trail with a packed lunch for a day of adventure.
I'm a sucker for a waterfall; this was one of our first stops in the Trail. It was relatively easy to get to, which made it that much more enjoyable.
Fuller Falls

There is a captain's burial ground that I hiked to. It was a bit more of a hike than I expected, but when I got there I found a quiet, shady memorial to 2 families of shipbuilders who were important to St. Martins in the late 1800's. 



We stopped at the "Interpretive Center" and had a nice chat with one of the workers who grew up in St. Martins.  We made our way over to the Salmon River Bridge. Of course, we had to walk across it!
We had quite the view for lunch:
We saw this guy walking (not running) across the road:
I couldn't get over how beautiful the scenery was. It seemed to be more beautiful with every turn.


When we got back into St. Martins I had a chance to really explore the sea floor and the sea caves.  I'm going to use this picture (that I snapped while we were eating our first night in St. Martins) as a reference picture. This is nearly high tide.
And these are low tide:

The very back of the cave:
This is standing at the point, just as the cliff turns (see 1st picture for reference):


 This is what the other side of the cave looks like.

 This may give you a point of reference as to just how big this area is!
 The buildings in the back are restaurants. We ate at the one on the right for our first dinner and the red roof building for our last.

When we got back to the truck, this is what we found. We looked around but couldn't find the person who wrote it.
I strolled around the village and made my way to the tourist center, which is an old lighthouse. You can walk up to the top and see St. Martins from above.
 
 
 Even the walk over to the tourist center was lovely. The rhododendron was huge & blooming.
One of the things St. Martins is known for (besides the sea caves) is the covered bridges. There are 2 that are almost side by side, although sadly, one is in such disrepair that they have closed it to traffic.
This is probably my favorite picture from the trip: a picture of a covered bridge while standing in another covered bridge:

Someone told us that during the winter, the red house is where locals go to get together & have an adult beverage.
High tide:
Low tide:
As I looked through pictures to decide which ones to include, I came across this one of a sign for the Fundy Trail. So I ask you: after seeing the symbol for a hotel/b&b and covered bridge, wouldn't you think the one on the left was for a lighthouse? (See previous post: Chasing Lighthouses.)
St. Martins was a beautiful, quaint little village. The only negative thing I can say about it is that it was lacking a pub. Part of the charm is that it's not crazy busy and everyone was so exceptionally nice. I would highly recommend a stop at this village if you're in the area.






Great Adventure of 2019: Chasing Lighthouses and Covered Bridges

First off, I had a really hard time deciding what picture to use for this post. We saw so many amazing, beautiful things in New Brunswick. But, I'm getting ahead of myself.

We left NH and headed to the border. I was really excited to get into Canada for the first time ever. We crossed into Canada via Calais, Maine and it was a breeze. There were no cars ahead of us so we were able to pull right up. The only thing is that the guard didn't stamp our passports & we forgot to ask. I don't know if they do that when you're crossing in a vehicle; maybe someone can answer that question for me.
Right away we could tell we weren't in the USA any more by the signs:
We had a good time all throughout our stay saying "Sortie". Neither of us speaks French & I know we weren't saying it correctly; just saying it in our southern accent.
Shortly after crossing the border I got my first glance at the Bay of Fundy.
CH wanted to stop at the Information Center that he and his friend stopped at. We saw some beautiful views and were given some information about the area. The ceiling of the Information Center was built to be the same height as the tides. The Bay of Fundy boasts the highest tides in the world.
The area behind the Information Center at somewhat low tide
Our first Canadian Selfie!
Our first Canadian destination was St. Martins. This is a little village that apparently is a well-kept secret. I was surprised at how few people were there. Before we checked into our B&B we had our first meal right on the Bay.
High tide...you can see the top of the sea cave
Our first B&B experience was incredible. Our hosts (Sue & Chris) were spectacular and we were given more than enough to eat at breakfast. Coffee, which Chris blended himself, was served in a French Press and was incredible. 
The house was built by a sea captain in 1844. We actually rented an efficiency apartment and had our own private entrance in the back. New Brunswick was going through a heatwave when we were there (in the 70s) and there was no air conditioning. Chris brought a fan up and we were quite comfortable with it blowing on us at night. He offered to put the window air conditioner in for us but we really didn't need it. 
The front staircase
The living room/kitchen area of our room
The bedroom. No windows that open but the fan kept us comfortable.
There was a gorgeous piano in the dining room that was original to the house. Sue said that when they bought the house the piano wasn't there. During a conversation with another resident of the village, she discovered that he had it in his basement and so the piano came home. Originally, the sea captain brought the piano back on his ship from Boston and used it as a ballast

CH & I love to learn about the history of where we visit. As we drove into St. Martins we saw this on the side of the road:
We were very intrigued so our first full day we drove back out of St. Martins to get a closer look.  This is a Black Settlement Burial Ground. There was a sign explaining the artist's rendition:
As well as a stone with some background.

Copy of the original church on a smaller scale.
If you look closely you can see the stones on the ground...these mark the original foundation.
One of the first things I noticed when climbed the bank was a statue of Mary:
I wonder how many people drive by this Memorial and don't stop? Better yet, I wonder how many people from the area don't even know that it's there.

We kept seeing these signs. You would think it meant there was a lighthouse ahead. We found out after spending a good part of the day chasing lighthouses that it actually marks the Fundy Trail. Following the signs took us to this very disappointing lighthouse:
But the views from the bench in front of it made up for it.


We got in the car and chased another lighthouse, which took us to an amazing field with wildflowers.

And our first walk on the seafloor.



After that we switched to chasing covered bridges and found this one:



We made our way back to St. Martins, but first, we saw this lighthouse:
Quaco Head: UNESCO Fundy Biosphere
The first lighthouse was manned in 1835. The original lighthouse was lost to a fire. The current lighthouse is a working one, complete with a foghorn. (Information courtesy of Lighthouse Friends.)

And we spotted this girl in the field:
We ended our first full day in Canada by grabbing dinner at a place recommended by Sue, then heading back to the B&B for some much-needed rest. I'm not done with New Brunswick yet! I originally planned on writing one post for this Province, but, in order to keep the post to a reasonable length, I'm going to have to split it up. 






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