Yesterday, Jim and I took the girls on a day trip to Moncton (Devin opted out). Jim’s week of holidays was winding down, and we wanted to take the kids somewhere. We had picked up a free family pass to Hopewell Rocks in Alma when we were in St. Martins last month – this was the perfect opportunity to use it. Hope and Anna had never been there, and it had been years since Jim and I had visited it. The girls also wanted to go to Magic Mountain, a water theme park in Moncton…
We left our house about 9:30 (not bad since we’d planned to be gone by 9)…our cooler was packed with bottled water (partially frozen), egg salad and cold cut sandwiches. We also took cookies, granola bars, and the rest of the cherry muffins (Jim even had one in the car). After making several stops for Hope to pee, we finally arrived at Magic Mountain about 11:15 a.m. Hope had just gotten a new cellphone for her birthday, but had to be convinced to leave it in the car (on a pee break in Sussex, she texted Brianna “I’m on the toilet!”). We dropped off the girls, reminded them to apply sunscreen, told them we’d come back for lunch at 1, and headed for the furniture stores.
We definitely noticed a difference in the stores in Moncton…most of the sales people left us alone (although there were a couple of exceptions to that). The sales people in Saint John were much more attentive (and friendlier)…to the point of annoyance sometimes! I saw a beautiful old-style secretary desk at one place (which would have been perfect for my “Room of My Own” http://writerwoman61.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/janes-homework-assignment-a-room-of-my-own/, but not so perfect for our living room). Ditto for the Victorian-style sofa…
We found a couple of nice used wing chairs for only $100 each, but the arms were quite worn. We saw the same sectional set we’ve been contemplating, for $400 more (same chain store, different city – they must know that people have more money in Moncton). One liquidation store’s stock was almost completely leather…I hate leather furniture! Before we knew it, it was time to meet the girls for lunch.
We made our way back to the park, but the girls weren’t at the appointed meeting place…parking was a nightmare…we ended up straddling the curb near the entrance until we saw them. We drove down to the Boardwalk at the park, and ate our lunch at one of the picnic tables there. I had my mouth all set for a “beaver tail” until I heard the price…$6.25…yikes! They were $3 when I left Moncton 13 years ago…the girls got ice cream, which was much more reasonably-priced! After lunch, we took them back to Magic Mountain, and headed towards town. Still no luck with furniture…everything was either really expensive, or incredibly boring!
We’d arranged to pick the girls up at 3…we retrieved them, wet and sunburned, and started for Hopewell Cape. Low tide was at 5:15, which is the only time you can walk down on the beach by the Rocks. We got there just after 4, and started down the trail from the Interpretation Centre. After walking several hundred yards, and going down a few hundred steps, we made it to our destination.
One of the park rangers showed us some sculptures which had been made by carefully balancing small rocks on top of each other.
Hope was wearing flip-flops, and had great fun getting as muddy as she possibly could.
Jim and Anna took several photos while we were there (these are Anna’s). After about an hour, everybody was tired and hot…Jim said he’d spring for the shuttle to take us back to the Interpretation Centre (we still had to climb the stairs, though). We had to wait what seemed like forever for Hope to get her feet washed off at the “washing station.” Finally, we were on the “shuttle,” which was really just a big golf cart, and headed back to the parking lot.
Everybody was hungry…we drove back to Moncton and stopped at Mike’s Restaurant, a chain we like, but no longer have in Saint John. We ate until we were stuffed (no room for dessert)! Hope’s cellphone vibrated, she jumped at the very same time the waitress came: “I’m sorry, did I scare you?” she asked.
“No,” said Hope. “My cellphone just went off.”
We gave the waitress a big tip…
We stopped in Sussex for ice cream on the way home, and popped into Walmart to look at shelving. Since we have a Walmart in Saint John, we decided to wait and pick it up here.
We finally arrived home about 9:30…I went right to bed, and was snoring within minutes of my head hitting the pillow.
Vacations can be exhausting…