When traveling to the Maritimes you have to go through Moncton, New Brunswick. It is a large, modern city. The Riverfront passes by the downtown area. This is the place to hike or bike. Besides 60 km (37 miles) of trails, the Riverfront includes a large sports complex and nice parks. There are many activities and parks for family fun in the summer time.
We stayed at the north end of town at the Stonehurst Golf and Trailer Park. We had the best site in the park. The only one with a cement pad. Since there is still some snow on the ground, the ground has not had the time to dry out. Consequently, all the nice grassy sites were a little soft our heavy rig. We only wanted to pay for 30 amp, but this site was 50 amp. The generous park owner gave us the 30 amp rate. I think this is because she wanted to put us on the cement pad. :o)
The golf course looks like a nice course, but the ground was way to wet and soft. It will probably be at least 2 weeks before the course can open.
While in Moncton, we got in touch with friends and Moncton residents, Alice and Ron. We met them 4 years ago at Cedar Key, Florida. They were workamping at Low Key Hideway. We shared a meal or two together and stayed in touch over the years. Although mere acquaintances, those 4 years melted away getting together this week. I am sorry to say we never did get to see Ron. He was down with a bug that kept him close to home. We will see him when we pass through Moncton again this fall.
We had a nice fish & chips dinner at the Country View Restaurant about 4 miles up the road from the campground. The view of the city of Moncton below is quite breathtaking. Visited Costco and Walmart. Breakfast at Cora’s with Alice was a delight. Cora’s is a chain of two, serving very healthy, yummy food.
We took one day to walk a bit of the Riverfront. Our timing was right, and we experienced the effects of the extreme high and low tides of the Bay of Fundy. The “tidal bore” is a phenomena that occurs twice a day. There is a literal wall of water or wave that passes against the current as the tide slowly comes in. Along the riverfront in Moncton that wave may be only 6 inches high. The river is affectionately known as the “Chocolate River” because of it’s milk chocolate color. We walked well over 5 miles. Pat on the back. :o)
The weather has been a bit chilly, high 50’s and high 30’s at night. Thursday, the nicest day of the week, we were supposed to visit the Hopewell Rocks located in the Bay of Fundy. This is a great location to observe the most dramatic tides, but JC woke up with a fever, so we are staying home. We will be visiting the Bay of Fundy in fall so we will have a second chance to see the amazing phenomena. We move on to Prince Edward Island tomorrow.