G – Tuesday 4th August 2015 – “Ponderosa Pines, Mmm!”

Start: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Finish: Wolf Point Campsite, Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

Distance Travelled: 345km

Route from Halifax to Fundy
Route from Halifax to Fundy

We met everyone who was left for breakfast this morning: F, C, T, J and most of T & J’s families. The hotel do a breakfast smourgasboard, basically a buffet, which is amazing, and really nice coffee and juice. I got an omelette, bacon, fried potatoes (done properly – with skin on), and fruit. The omelette was delicious, as was all of it. I got my flip flops from F (having left them in A’s the day before), and then proceeded to leave them at the breakfast table so C had to drop them off at my room (honestly…). We made our goodbyes, grabbed our stuff and headed for the campervan to start the next part of the holiday! Driving through the city was such a pain in the ass, especially as AJ wasn’t fully used to it, but soon thankfully, we were on the highway driving to Moncton, where we would make a decision about where we’d stay. We picked up an Atlantic Canada and a Quebec map from a petrol station, which will hopefully come in handy later, and were on our way.

AJ looking very relaxed in the driver's seat
AJ looking very relaxed in the driver’s seat
Made it on to the highway!
Made it on to the highway!

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Although we were both quite tense at first, little by little we were able to relax, especially when we’d managed to get some reversing manoeuvers down without incident! Our biggest godsend was the visitor centre we stopped at when we passed the border into New Brunswick – the woman in there was super helpful and pointed out several good places to stop and eat and some campsites in Fundy. So then it was decided. We punched ‘Alma’ into the satnav and off we went.

Crossing the border into New Brunswick
Crossing the border into New Brunswick

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Handy guide
Handy guide

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Lots of info!
Lots of info!

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More maps!
More maps!
Taking the coastal route to Fundy
Taking the coastal route to Fundy

We drove a bit along the coastal road, but couldn’t see much/any coast due to the creepy/mysterious sea mist everywhere. We easily sorted ourselves out with a  place in Wolf Point Campsite in the National Park (deciding against a stay at ‘Ponderosa Pines Campsite’) and headed back into Alma to get ourselves food from the highly-recommended ‘Alma Lobster Shop.’ We both went for the lobster supper and were very happy with what we got (plus we got to try a new ginger ale – it was tasty!), although we had great fun figuring out exactly how to open it up and get at the meat… The lobster shop itself is ADORABLE, with really cute statues outside, including a giant lobster!

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Apparantly the sea is right there...
Apparantly the sea is right there…
The mist doesn't seem so bad...
The mist doesn’t seem so bad…

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This is more like it
This is more like it

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The bridge to get to the campsite
The bridge to get to the campsite

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The Lobster Shop
The Lobster Shop
I couldn't not hug it...
I couldn’t not hug it…
Cute hand washing station outside
Cute hand washing station outside
Sussex do good ginger ale.
Sussex do good ginger ale.
It looks so good!
It looks so good!
Excellent meal!
Excellent meal!

Feeling well-fed, we headed back to the campsite, made several unsuccessful yet hilarious attempts to knock a branch off the roof with a broom (we need to get the campervan closer to a bench at the side of it in the morning), set up our bed and sat down at the table armed with many maps to sort out our route to Toronto. That done, we played a few rounds of “Who on Earth?” (essentially 20 questions) which yours truly won 13 points to 11, boo-yeah!

Route planning
Route planning

Campervan locked up and a very successful first day of road tripping behind us, it was time for some shut eye.

Slán! 😀

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