Log and Photo Album
finds us at Sussex, New Brunswick, at a lovely campground heavily
peopled with Canada Day revelers and their families. We did laundry and
cleaned the inside of the RV, then set up our awning, our foldable
loveseat, and I am doing my computer updating outside! BEAUTIFUL day!
||We just basically hung around today
after we did our work. Michael made some HF DX contacts on the radio (See
Hobbies) and I played dominos and backgammon with Jasper, my
computer opponent. We walked around outside and listened to the happy
laughter of the children playing. This is a great campground for kids!
didn't get online ydy. Although the cg has a modem hookup, we didn't
have a way to get on that we could figure out, since Canada doesn't have
any AT&T service.
|| We are working on a way to do this. Michael cooked
his bacon and one egg outside this morning.
in today, in honor of the 4th. Figured out how to get online with
AT&t worldnet from Canada and did our uploading. (Put 1-800-call att,,,,,,,
the 800 # for AT&T,, our calling card number into the connection
box.) Then we explored Sussex a little, did some shopping that we needed
to do in the two malls here.
|| We found out that the malls here all have a
grocery store, it seems, as well as a drugstore or two. Also had fun at
the Dollar Store and looking at the jewelry at cheap Canadian prices.
The day was cool and it looked like it could rain at any moment. This
promise fulfilled itself after we got back to camp, raining off and on
in a light drizzle while Michael cooked our steaks on the grill.
||Last night we had a
thunderstorm while we slept. Lots of rain and boomers. No water in the
rig though! looks like Michael's sealing job was a success! Talked to
our neighbors in the next campsite about our respective rigs and each
toured the others'. (They were in a Caribou truck camper, a really nice
one, roomy as truck campers go.) Then we said goodbye to Pine Cone Camp
and headed on down the road. We went north on Hwy 2 through Fredericton,
the capital of New Brunswick. Stopped there at the Fredericton Mall and
ate a subway lunch and shopped a bit. Michael found a couple of neat
shirts and I got new pants and a shirt. We enjoyed this mall! Canadian
dollars being so cheap (65 American cents) makes it fun! We have found
that we have gotten a better exchange rate in NB than we did in Maine,
by the way, contrary to what we had always believed.
Fredericton, we headed on north along the St. Joseph River, enjoying
vistas like this one. Notice how bundled Michael is here. It is right at
16 degrees C (62F for you Yanks <g>) and quite windy. The wind
made it quite a challenge to handle the rig. The rain seems to have
abated a bit. We did get some rain along the way before we stopped at
we are camped at Woodstock, New Brunswick at a Yogi Bear's Jellystone
Camp. Clean and neat, almost sterile, but with predictable hookups,
(even a phone hookup at our site!) and lots of cool stuff for kids.
from Quebec! We got up this morning to a yummy breakfast of french toast
made with the raisin bread that we got in Sussex NB. I cut it thick.
yummy! We drove up to the St. Lawrence on Hwy 2 to Edmunton, then headed
west on 20. We had lunch in a little parc on the east side of Edmunton
where we took these photos of me in my NEW clothes that we got yesterday
at the Fredericton Mall.
We entered Quebec right after Edmunton
and immediately noticed that the signs were no longer all in both
English and French; most were in just French. My high school French
carried me through pretty well. I could tell the difference between
"Gardez la droit" and "la prochain sortie". I think
my spellings are right; email me with any corrections ;) Notable along
this drive were the beautiful vistas of lovely farms of potatoes,
canola, and Holstein cows. Views of the St. Lawrence and of the St.
John's Rivers were splendid too. We will definitely come up here again,
to explore more of what this area has to offer. Along the way this
afternoon, we stopped to exercise the dogs (and ourselves) at a pretty
park overlooking the St. Lawrence. Lots of grass, huge smooth granite
boulders, and a busload of Japanese tourists who were quite taken with
we are camped right ON the St. Lawrence River at L'Islet sur
pretty little Quebecoise town. The woman at the campground made me speak
French to her; her English was weak. When we pulled into our site, the
neighboring camper greeted me with "Bonjour Madame". The
clouds are coming in; seems as if le pleut will continue to
this photo just as the sun was
the night Michael had to get up several times to take Penny out; she has
a bit of tourista. When he was taking her out, he was thinking,
"What could be worse than a dog with diarrhea?" Well we found
out this morning. It is having a dog with diarrhea in the driving rain
when your camp is in a SWAMP. I managed to protect the camera from the
rain as I captured Michael unhooking us this morning. Mornings like this
we are repeating over and over, "We LIKE camping! we LIKE
camping!" just so we will believe it.
on down the road, taking the little road, 132, the short distance to
Quebec City. Along the way we saw several quaint little Quebecoise towns
and tried to figure out what all the signs said on the outsides of the
businesses. We figured out that "a louer" means "for
rent" and "a vendre" means "for sale". High
school French came flooding back into my active memory banks.
our arrival near Quebec City, we secured our spot for the night at
Imperial Campground which is right under the bridge (practically) that
crosses over to Quebec City. Nice place and it was NOT raining when we
pulled in. We asked the gentleman here about the tours into the city and
he most obligingly sold us 2 tickets to the Gray Line 2 hour tour, which
was to leave in 45 minutes. After a quick sandwich, we grabbed the
umbrella (yes, it was raining, and HARD!) and got onto the bus. The rain
ceased and we enjoyed our tour. Michael was impressed with how much our
guide Gary knew of the history of the city, and I was taken by the city
itself, the narrow streets of Quebec Vieux, the street musicians, little
children chattering in French, the whole "foreign country"
ambiance. I took these photos on the tour.
Although the sky looks threatening, it
did not rain anymore, and the sky even cleared and we had SUN this
evening. As I type, I am enjoying a lovely sunset of orange and purple
and pink! Our dinner this evening was wonderful, a meal out at a little
cafe called Le Cafe Marche. Michael had the whitefish and I had le
veaux Scallopine. Dessert came with it and was strawberry shortcake. Mmm!
We bought a tart aux framboises to go, aussi. ;)
||It has not rained today!
Well, actually it did, but not enough to turn on the wipers. Right now
in our camp just south of Montreal, it is sunny and 20 degrees, 68 for
you Fahrenheit afficionados. We drove down 132 from Quebec City today,
going through lots of little Quebec provincial villes. What fun!
Beautiful gardens and cute maisons, well-tended and colorful, mostly
with metal roofs in all colors, but mostly bright. We saw gently rolling
hills, placidly grazing cattle, and fishing boats along the St.
Lawrence. We stopped for lunch at Nicolet QC, at an IGA which was part
of a little shopping mall, it happened. We took the opportunity to buy a
few supplies and to make a couple of phone calls home.
|| We LOVED the
French grocery! All the names were in French, all the prices. All the
people were chattering in French. It was tres cool. We also noticed a
pronounced lack of sleaze. There were few bars, no discernable massage
parlors or strip joints. The houses and businesses were mostly very
clean and maintained.
got onto the "big road" just outside of Montreal and took it
to St. Phillipe, our camp for the night. Here is a photo of Michael in
the process of setting us up. We are tired now after the long day of