Monica and I had a fantastic trip this weekend to the top of the province to visit our friends, Diane and Chris Carson, at their cottage on beautiful Youghall Beach in Bathurst. On the way, we scratched of a local bucket list item and saw the remaining 5 bridges of New Brunswick’s 60 covered bridges, including one at the historic Village Acadien in Caraquet. Diane and Chris joined us in touring this historical settlement recreating the lives of the Acadien settlers from the mid 1700’s to the mid 1900’s. Totally fascinating and we had a ball interacting with the interpreters at each of the 30 or so building sites.
The weather all weekend was mostly excellent. There was just one little 30 minute rumble with Mother Nature on Sundy evening just as I was trying my hand at paddle boarding. A sudden squall whipped up bringing dramatic skies and turning the calm bay into a froth of white caps. Fortunately, I made it to shore with only one dumping. Nothing hurt but my pride. And then it was gone leaving the sky a flaming salmon pink.
On the way home, we visited Kouchibouguac National Park where we had camped 30 years ago. Great memories as we strolled along Kelly’s Beach. This is also the year of free Canadian National Park entrances. Love that! We also stopped into Richibucto River Wine Estate and sampled some really good wine while chatting with the owner, Alan Hudson. We bought a couple of bottles to take home.
It was a wonderful weekend. So nice to see friends and Monica was delighted to fulfil the bridges project in just less than a year. Can’t wait to see what she decides to explore next.
Here are the photo highlights of the weekend… A July Journey