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Escaping the Eclipse in Northeast Canada

While hordes of folks in the US flock to the diagonal line of the total eclipse across the country, Marilynn and I take a road/camping trip in the opposite direction towards Nova Scotia (New Scotland) Canada. We’ll sleep under the cap of our truck for the next two months or so.

home

First, though, we revisit the Bar Harbor campsite in Maine where a few years ago (Click here for previous post) we ordered lobster dinner delivered to our tent. Well, they still deliver. Two lobsters, two ears of corn, and two dozen mussels delivered to the camp for $31.95!

Lobster delivered to campsite

Hello, New Brunswick, Canada! We camp for several nights, sleeping in cool, fresh air. Starting to mellow-out, Canadian style.

PEI

A short hike to the flower pots at Hopewell Rocks provides a worthy walk on the ocean floor at low tide.

Hopewell Cape

Time to drive the “longest bridge in the world over icy waters,” that strides the ocean for eight miles.

Bridge to PEI

It’s the only way to drive to Prince Edward Island, where red dirt, shores, and lush views of rolling farmland make for intense scenery,

Westcoasst PEI

Drink craft beers, and devour fresh seafood in one of the numerous small fishing villages.

Farm land

Could we ever get sick of lobster and other shell fish? We intend to find out.

oysters

Usually, we travel in the off-season, and enjoy cheap prices and scarce crowds. Currently, we travel in the heart of high season, when everyone that can is trying to take in one last holiday.

hay

Campgrounds with no vacancy surprise us, but we always seem to grab a tent spot where we can sleep in the back of our pick-up truck. Geez, many Canadians already live in the wilderness. I find it curious that so many go camping when on holiday.

PEI fishing village 2

Onward to North Cape, the northern tip of PEI. We spot three men raking in seaweed, sorting through it, filling up a truckload. Marilynn asks what they are gathering.

Harvesting 3

“Irish moss,” John says. He shows us a handful. “We sell it to a farmer who dries it for feed for his cows.

Irish Moww

They’ve found it to be an unlikely weapon against global warming. The combination of Irish Moss and other seaweeds has shown to nearly eliminate the methane content of cow burps and farts.

Invasive

John eats a spoonful of it every morning. “It’s rich in antioxidants and other nutrients.” He went on to explain that they extract carrageen from Irish moss, which is used as a thickener and stabilizer in milk products. It is also used as a clarifying agent in beer and some wine, and used to be produced industrially. Well that’s good enough for us.

PEI potatoes

Okay, Canada. We love your clean air, laidback friendly folks, and fresh seasonal food, including new potatos. What’s not to love, eh? The scenery grows more intense the farther we travel. Stay tuned, it’s aboowt time to check out Nova Scotia in the next blog post.

 

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10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Wow, I love the seaweed idea! Looks like a spectacular trip! Enjoy some seafood for me!

    August 24, 2017
    • Thanks, Julie! Marilynn is officially saturated with lobster, if you could imagine such a thing..

      August 24, 2017
  2. Alice G Chambers #

    I would add to your list of likes in Canada their politics. I’d like to move there during this administration.

    August 24, 2017
  3. Skip Redpath #

    OUTSTANDING! (again)… Love your stories and adventures…

    August 24, 2017
  4. Ma & Pa #

    Sounds wonderful…. enjoy!

    August 24, 2017
  5. Hal & GA #

    In many ways! Did you ever imagine you’d live the life you do? When did that dream dream you in? You certainly pursue experiencing the world with passion…Georgia and I appreciate you sharing that passion with us!

    August 24, 2017
    • I don’t understand when it happened, but used to hitchhike all over as a kid with no destination! Thanks for your encouragement and appreciation. We “sacrifice” other comforts in life in order to pursue our travel dreams. Luckily, Marilynn and I are much the same!

      August 26, 2017

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