Ending this Phase of our Journey
Aug 13, 2009
|This will be the last entry for this phase of our journey. We have traveled 6,275 miles, viiting 13 states and 2 Canadian provinces. We camped in 59 different campground(state, national and private), dry camped at 7 WalMarts and 3 casinos, and stayed in 3 motels during the time we were on the road. We have shared much of the beauty we saw through the pictures in this travel journal. We've also described some of the problems we encountered as well as some of the humorous events we experiences. We'd like to share a few people we met along the way
A 60+ year old woman at the U Haul shop in Niles Michigan filled our propane tank, sat on the ground yoga style checking the air in our tires, and then introduced us to the "tire buddy"-a piece of wood to hit the tires to check the air pressure by sound. We didn't tell her we had a hammer for that.
Vaugn and Gloria who owned a campgrounds on Digby Neck. Vaugn was a rockhound of sorts who grew up about 5 miles away from the campgrounds and never moved away. The basement of their home was like a local museum filled with newspaper clippings, old pictures, fossils, fishing antiques, mold and mildew. They also own a Toyota motohome, but wanted to hold Tortuga hostage since she had features they really liked, but didn't have in theirs.
A campground worker in Port Hood, NS was so overwhelmed by everything she had to do and all the problems they were having that she declared to us as we were checking in that she couldn't wait until the season was over because she needed a vacation. The campgrounds had begun taking campers for the season two weeks before we got there.
A young German family had to share an overflow spot at Cheticamp, NS with us. We had campfires together, and talked alot. We learned that there is no word in German for marshmellow and that peanut butter is not a staple in Germany as it is in the US and Canada. However, the young woman's family learned about peanut butter from her grandfather who was fed peanut butter while he was held prisoner by the Americas in WWII. They ate it all the time and her own little girl really loved it.
There were numerous people who gave us a bewildered look when we asked about WiFi. "What is that?? What do you use it for??" And they were not just people over 50.
Then there was the 20+ year old male at US Customs who asked us all the usual questions then asked us how long we had been in Canada. To our response he said, "You were there how long? And you two lived in that?"
When we locked our keys in the RV at Hopewell Rocks, one girl, about 10 crawled through the access panel where the hot water heater had been, to get inside and unlock the door. Her younger sister, about 8, thought it was so cool she took off her shoes and crawled in also just for fun. They were French speaking so understood very little of our gratitude, but their parents did. Girl power saved the day for us since the locksmith wasn't answering his phone.
And we could go on and on. And we probably will when we see you in person.
It's dificult to put words around all that we have experienced and the reflections we have had as a result of our encounters, experiences, and challenges. We know this kind of time is a gift and we are grateful we have been able to travel without the pressure of time and deadlines.
Thanks for following our journey, thanks for your interest and notes back. We enjoyed sharing the adventure with you.
And last, the final edition of the ROAD KILL COUNT
Deer-29; Raccon-53; Squirrel-33; Skunk-27; Pheasant-1; Wild Turkey-2; Possum-23; Turtle-3; Porcupine-29; Unidentifiable-207; Edible-0 CLOSE CALLS--Geese-2; Duck-1; Wild Turkey-1 it flew about a foot in front of our front windsheild.