I am truly heartsick over the tragedy in Connecticut last Friday. My thoughts are with the families who are suffering, and I have been so moved by their grace and strength. There really aren't words.
I've been wrestling with my thoughts all week-end and was feeling the need for a mental escape, to just enjoy some images of a beautiful and peaceful landscape. I've been reflecting on these snapshots from our wonderful camping 'babymoon' and wanted to share them here.
The Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick Canada was always on my shortlist for places to visit, and in 2010 we decided it would make for a perfect late summer camping trip. We made our way through Maine (unfortunately picking up a $300 speeding ticket along the way that completely blew our budget- thanks Maine!), spending a couple nights in Acadia National Park and then right on the border before forging into Canada. We always seem to run into trouble at the Canadian border, I used to think it was because we looked like a couple of dirty hippies, but we were pretty cleaned up for this trip and we still had our car searched. Must have been the belly!
We boarded a ferry boat to Grand Manan Island, a detour we debated since our main destination was Fundy National Park. I am beyond grateful that we decided to go for it. This island had one of the most spectacular campsites and a landscape that I still dream about.
Our campsite was literally right on the edge of an ocean cliff with seals and whales frolicking below. There was a wooden platform bench that I imagine would have been a great hangout for some fun camping in good weather. We had a few days of nothing but crazy winds, rain, and fog... but honestly it was just perfect. We managed to get everything set up between rain showers and we stayed dry and protected. The fog made whale sightings more tricky but was also part of the magical beauty that I remember about this place.
We spent most of our time just exploring the campground, which was full of amazing rock formations, eroded by the fast moving tides. At night we listened to French Canadian talk radio and snacked on nutella, trying to keep dry and hoping our fire would stay lit.
On our final day we drove around the small island, exploring the lighthouses and replenishing our candy supply at the market (candy was my big craving while pregnant).
I love these pictures, James took most of them and they bring me back to this trip in such a visceral way. It was a special time in our lives and also a special place.
If you are thinking that you haven't seen enough, you are in luck... there's more! I do have some additional thoughts and images from the rest of our trip in Fundy National Park that I'll be sharing later this week. I struggled with editing these down, and now I am really itching for a road trip.