Excerpt from my diary of our East Coast Trip (Monday, August 12, 2013)
There is a place in Moncton, New Brunswick called Treego. My cousin and I thought the kids would like it because it had zip lines, various wooden platforms to walk on, rock climbing apparatus, etc. all on the tops of trees, so we booked a 10:00 appt. There was also a Treego location in Fredericton, which we booked the day before, but we drove right past it twice and decided to call it quits, despite the grumblings in the back of the car from Frick and Frack in the back. It is not nice travelling with two discontented children, believe me. We wouldn’t have made that afternoon appointment in Fredericton anyway because we were in a different time zone and hadn’t changed our watches. Not sure at what point in time during our road trip that the clock changed, but it did.
It took the kids about 1 hour to go through the course, and while they were high in the trees, having the time of their lives, Boo and I were being bitten alive by mosquitoes below. And the situation became much worse after some kind woman let us use her bug spray (someone told me later that sometimes the local people are mean to the tourists and give them spray with sugar water in it). Not sure what happened but I swear I had a steady cloud of mozzies after me after that. You wouldn’t believe how many bites I have in my face and head, the lousy buggers.
Later we drove to The Reversing Falls in St. John’s and took a boat around the harbour. This is another place I longed to see because my husband told about a neat waterfall where the water looked like it was cascading up instead of down (something about the moon’s gravity). Part of the rock near the waterfall drifted all the way from the continent of Africa. The captain let Frick and Frack drive the boat, which they enjoyed. The tide was up so we didn’t see as much of the “reversing” effect that we would have seen if it was low tide…which was a bit disappointing. We saw the ripple, a whirlpool or two, a carnival cruise ship in an adjacent harbour, and a seal (which was actually a garbage bag floating in the water), all for a mere $70.00.
We went to a local market square for a bit and made our way to the tourist information centre at our next destination (St. Andrews)where we were told that all the bread & breakfast places were full. I always wanted to stay at a bed and breakfast place (part of my bucket list) and thought that this would have been a great place to try a B & B, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen. So we booked a place called St. Andrews Inn and Suites instead. It had the most marvellous view of the Bay of Fundy and we had a great view of a red/oranage quarter moon at night on our balcony. The hotel was in dire need of a retrofit, but it was okay for the night (until Boo screamed because she found a Kleenex in her bed and was totally grossed out by that).
Looking forward to tomorrow because we booked a whale watching expedition on a “Pirate Ship”.