Monday, August 24, 2009

Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick

Thursday August 6, 2009

National parks, whether in Canada or the US, are always worth visiting. They are inevitably located in amazing displays of nature and the facilities are first class. Now, none of this comes cheaply, but I felt $40 a night for a campsite without power was exorbitant. After spending four days there, we concluded it was well worth it.

The first order of business was to get the bikes out and have a look around. The park has over 60 miles of paved bike trails so there was no shortage of routes to choose from. Dropping Nicky into Carol's basket, we headed to Callanders beach some 4 miles distant. Talk about great trails; the paths were gravel lined, relatively flat, and wound through some of the most unique forests in Canada. Down at the beach, the sandy shore and warm water made it an ideal place to launch the boat in the next few days. Meanwhile, we walked along the beach, dodged a few mosquitoes and generally collected our thoughts. This time the usual 'pondering the vagaries of life' gave way to appreciating the tranquil scenic beauty, and feeling that we were two of the most fortunate people in the world.

We returned to the Casita via a different section of trail, making the combined distance we'd biked about 10 miles. Situated on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, quite near the Atlantic ocean, the park boasts of possessing the warmest sea water north of Virgina. The evidence of this was readily seen in the number of bathers we saw while riding past the walking bridge to Kelly's beach, the park's premier swimming location.

After coffee and crackers we had planned on making another foray but decided to stay home and work on the blog. Since starting this trip we notice that time becomes blurred. We've crossed so many time zones that it's hard to keep track of the correct local time. The days have piled up in a swift progression and if we ignore the blog for too long it becomes difficult to find the thread in the labyrinths of time.

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