Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Our trip to the Gaspe

I have the best mother in law!  She offered my hubby and I four days of babysitting in which we could take off for quieter locations, just the two of us.  We were so excited but we couldn't figure out where to go with all this new - found free time.  We thought about the Bay of Fundy as well as Cape Breton but when our friends invited us to come stay with them in the Gaspe our minds were made up.  Neither of us had ever traveled in that part of the country and we were pretty pumped to go exploring.

It's a nine hour trip so we decided we'd break it up by spending a night in Miramichi, New Brunswick.  We also stopped in Bouctouche to stretch our legs and have lunch. The day started off rainy but by the time we left the Island the sun was shining and things were warming up.  We stopped to check out the Elizabethan Gardens in Bouctouche which were lovely and we're looking forward to taking the kids there some day.  We enjoyed a picnic lunch as well as a bit of second hand shopping before heading back on the road.

Before getting to Miramichi I happened to open our little tourism guide and noticed an advert for ziplining.  I was stoked!  I would so love to do that and it wasn't that far from where we were staying.  Marko was perhaps not quite as thrilled as I, but being a good sport was up for it anyway.  We dropped our stuff off at our hotel and then quickly made our way to the ziplining area before either of us could chicken out.  It was so much fun!!  Marko conquered his fear of heights and had a great time and would totally do it again as would I!!  We had supper at a local restaurant and then made it just in time for the early showing of Guardians of the Galaxy.  We both really enjoyed the movie.  Such a full day!

Friday was rainy and cool but the weather couldn't dampen my spirits!  We were off again and this time with a fun little twist.  It just so happened that a wonderful friend of mine and her family from Ontario were vacationing in Bathurst, New Brunswick this week.  And we managed to make plans to stop in for a little visit.  I hadn't seen my friend in over 20 years!!!  How crazy is that?!  It was a delight to meet her family and spend time catching up.  The best part was that even though time and distance have kept us a part it was just like old times and picking up where we left off.

After our visit we were on our way again until we reached our destination of New Carlisle, Quebec.  We were staying with our friends, Robbie and Jackie MacGregor.  We arrived just before supper and spent time just chatting and checking out the local area.  We played some Monopoly Deal and chatted away the evening.

In the morning we made a short trek out to Port Daniel.  It was a pretty wet morning which made for some lackluster sightseeing.  We headed back to New Carlisle for lunch and then back out to Bonaventure to check out the local gift shops.  There were some really nice little shops with oodles of crafting materials and one that even had a workshop where you could pick out what you'd like to work on and then make it right there!  I would have loved to have spent an afternoon there making a necklace or painting a mask!  We did a bit more sight seeing before heading in for supper.  After supper we went for a lovely walk down on the boardwalk.  In the evening Jackie and I did some crafting while the fellas shared funny stories.

In the morning we went to church and then it was time to say good-bye to good friends and hit the road once again.  I was driving and was determined to get some more scenic shots and knew that as we made our way back to the New Brunswick border that there were some great opportunities.  I said to Marko, "If we see a scenic look-off sign, we're going! Sound good?!"  Marko was game and just as luck would have it we found one and off we went up the gravel road...The narrow tree lined road got steeper and harder to maneuver  as the ground was soft and the incline was steep.  I could hear the gravel hitting the underside of the car and the tires were spinning like crazy.  This was not good.  I tried a little harder but the smell of burning rubber and the car's inability to go up any further  made my heart jump in my throat and my stomach was not far behind.  The car stopped and now we had no choice but to go back down in reverse.  I thought I would swallow my tongue I was so nervous, but slowly and carefully we made our way back down the road of terror.  We were three quarters of the way down when we finally spotted a good place to get turned around.  I was so very thankful that a rest stop/tourist area was close by so I could get out of the car and we could switch drivers!

Thankfully the rest of the drive back to PEI was not nearly as eventful as that road.  We stopped in Bathurst and a couple of other little towns before arriving home after nine o'clock at night.  I loved our trip and can't wait to take the whole family up to the Gaspe!

 Our first stop in Bouctouche, the path to the Elizabethan Gardens.

 A lovely spot indeed.
 Time for a selfie!
 Marko all set for zipling!  So proud of him and such fun way to spend an adventurous afternoon.

 And there he goes.

 Our hotel room in Mirimachi.  It was quaint and comfortable. 

 Our view on a rainy morning.

 So great to get together with this fine gal and her family!

 Totally have to get together with them again!

 Gotta have the map and the GPS.  The GPS is great and all but I don't always entirely trust it.

 Our brief stop in Port Daniel.

 Sean loves TinTin so we had to take a picture of this fire hydrant!

 Just loved this mural.

 Pretty cool mini replica of a German U boat.  The story goes that during the second world war there was a U boat in the Bay of Chaleur and a soldier came ashore and was easily spotted and turned into a double agent.

 Scenic vistas.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

So Slack...So Sorry!!

I can't believe it's been well over a month since I last wrote a blogpost!!    The warm weather finally found the Island and we have done our best to make the most of it! We've been barbequing, strawberry picking, picnicking, enjoying company, going to the beach, going to parades and going to Vacation Bible School.

This weekend was the Sunday School picnic at Emmanuel Bible Camp.  Saturday was a beautiful sunny day and the kids had a grand time playing games and going down the waterslide!  It wasn't long before Marko was going down the slide as well.  My friend Laura dared me to go down too and I said I would if she would! What a hoot! In the midst of all this fun we also had the opportunity to be a part of our friend Lorna's baptism.  The camp is right at the edge of  Whitlocks Pond and an ideal place for a baptism. So exciting to hear her story and share in this special occasion.  And before heading home we went for a quick refreshing dip in the pool.

This evening I took Sean, Emma-Lyn and Nate to the beach while daddy stayed home with Levi.  The beach was beginning to clear out--which is my favourite time to hit the beach.  The kids had a grand time mucking about in the sand and splashing in the waves while I sat peacefully on the beach blanket and snapped pictures.  Sean brought his kite and had a wonderful time letting it play in the breeze
 Coming to get me!

 I think the water might have been a tad cold.

 The kite flyer.

 Emma-Lyn trying out the kite.

 Mr. Sandy Twinkle Toes.

 Such a wonderful end to a wonderful weekend.