Driving from St. John in the fog and rain, we saw a field full of yellow flowers that looked like dandelions. later, we gave a lift to a farmer who had locked himself out of his car and he confirmed (with some disgust) that they were “weeds, dandelions.”
Somewhat of a pessimist, he also said we could drive from a clear day over a hill “down into the fog.” We soon went over the hill into a beautiful day.
Alie declared New Brownswick to be the “covered bridge capital of the world. We saw them everywhere. This one is at St. Martin, a village where some six thousand 18th and 19th century ships were built and proclaimed for the woodworking and carpentry details of their homes. I didn’t feel the work nor number of houses lived up to the billing, but it was pleasant and the beginning of the Fundy Parkway.
New Brunswick opened the Fundy Parkway, a scenic coastal road with bike paths, hiking trails and picnic areas in 1998. Five more kilometers were added last year and it is expected to connect with Fundy National Park near Alma in 2013. It is beautiful, well maintained with plenty of parking, rest rooms and even water stations along the trails.
We thought it awfully nice of them to build it just for us. Imagine Virginia’s Skyline Drive with water views and no traffic. We only saw one other car all morning.
We walked down to Fuller Falls on a “cable stairway.” The treads of the stairs were held up by cables which served as the normal stairway risers. It was hard on the feet, especially arthritic feet, but a lovely
And of course we hiked to see a couple of old “Sea Captains’ Cemeteys” high on the hill that once must have had great views of the sea. Now a new growth of trees blocked the view but shaded fields of wild violets.