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 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. 

Great Adventure of 2019: Part 1

We've been home from our Great Adventure of 2019 for 3 months and I'm just getting around to writing about it! This was a trip we started planning a few years ago, but then my Daddy passed away so we put it on hold. Our destination: The Canadian Maritimes. CH visited when he & a friend rode motorcycles to Newfoundland & Labrador but it was my first time to visit Canada. I went through 6 new states on the way. When we began to seriously plan our route, I had a request: to spend a day in New Hampshire with a friend. It turned out to be a good rest-day for CH after 2 days of driving.
Ready for our Great Adventure of 2019!
The first day of driving was smooth...until we were in WV. We hit a lot of torrential rain, wind, and thunderstorms for about 2 hours. We weren't sure if we were going to reach our planned destination but we did. We found a hotel just outside of Hershey, PA. There were 2 hotels side-by-side and we chose the one with a covered entrance. Note to self: don't ever choose a hotel because it has a covered entrance when it's raining! The young lady at the front desk was very helpful when it came to suggesting someplace to eat. I thought the room was okay, but CH said I didn't look very closely at it. Glad he said that as we left and not as we got there; I definitely would have had to ask for another room. 
Looked like a sunny day for Day #2
Day 2 was completely smooth. We pulled off the interstate somewhere in Connecticut for lunch. We talked with another couple and asked about a town square in this particular town. We were told there wasn't one in this town, but if we went about 10 miles down the road we would see a very typical New England town square. It was really nice to get off the interstate & see some of the countryside. In fact, we didn't get back onto the interstate until we left NH and traveled into Canada.

I have no idea where we were, just that we were in CT somewhere. In the town the lady directed us to, there was a very old cemetery. We found it very interesting that there was a plot literally right in a schoolyard. 
If I'm not mistaken, most of these (if not all) were memorials, not graves.

Found a gnome!

Some of the grave markers were too worn to see the dates
The cemetery was a good place to stop and stretch our legs a bit before we traveled on to see my friend. Annie is a fellow Speech/Language Pathologist and blogger who I "met" online some years ago. We met in person a few years ago in New Orleans at a conference. I couldn't believe I was in her town!
Shortly after this picture, CH showed me how to change the selfies so it wasn't backward!
We stayed at The Common Man Inn. The room was very spacious and there were pictures of the area all around the halls. The grounds were beautiful; it was nice to just sit and enjoy.

 Annie & her husband met us for dinner that night. I just couldn't believe I was in NH with her! We laughed & laughed, and then laughed some more.
The next day, they took us around town. The claim to fame of this town is not only a college but also a plant that makes baseball gloves...Babe Ruth had a glove from here.

There were stone walls all over the place...reminded me of Ireland!
Sculptured Rocks was a really cool place. It made the rocks and the river in the Great Smoky Mountains pale in comparison. 

Standing on a bridge looking down

As an added plus, I got to see Annie's Speech Room!
I also got to see her house (which is an old farmhouse with amazing fireplaces) and sit on her back porch. I ended the day with a severe headache so we had to cut our day a little short. CH & I went back to the inn. I really hope they come down to see us at some point so we can show them around the Smokies.

The first leg of our trip was done. We were ready to cross the border and get to New Brunswick!

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