Day-Trippin’ and Hope…well, She Got Muddy…

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…

Magic Mountain...

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.

Hope's new phone is like this one, except it's purple...

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…

The secretary desk was something like this one...

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.

This couch wouldn't look right in our old farmhouse...

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!

Unfortunately, this delicious-looking Beaver Tail didn't find its way into my mouth...

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.

Brianna and Hope posing next to the rocks...

The "Flower Pot Rocks" Hopewell Rocks is famous for...

One of the park rangers showed us some sculptures which had been made by carefully balancing small rocks on top of each other.

Ranger rearranging some rocks...

Hope was wearing flip-flops, and had great fun getting as muddy as she possibly could.

They say that mud is good for your skin...Hope's going to have the softest toes around...

Hope's muddy calves...

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.

Anna took this one of her and Brianna on the back of the shuttle...that's Jim's head between them...

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…

Mike's Logo...ours in Saint John has been closed for a few years...

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…

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16 responses to “Day-Trippin’ and Hope…well, She Got Muddy…

  1. Hi,

    I just found you via the WordPress home page. I’m reading all your posts and am enjoying getting to know you.

    A fellow Canadian, who had not been out East yet but hopes to get there eventually!

  2. Glad you found me, gigi! I grew up in Ohio and Southern Ontario, but have been in the Maritimes since 1983…I think I’m an honourary Maritimer now…

    I hope you have a chance to visit here soon…we have the friendliest people anywhere!

    Wendy

  3. Hi,
    It’s great, I’m reading all your posts and am enjoying getting to know you.

    thanks.

  4. Dale Einarson

    Wendy,
    Thanks for the great stories…I can see all of these things in my mind. Cathy and I are coming down in Sept.. Looking at property in Albert County and around Moncton/Salisbury..
    See you soon..

    • Does this mean you’re moving back to the best province in the world? Woohoo! My contact info is on FB…give us a call when you’re here…we can put you up if you need a place to stay too!

      Wendy

  5. Thanks for the virtual vaca, Wendy! Just what I needed! :)

  6. I enjoyed your post. What a fun family vacation Your pictures are always fabulous!

  7. I loved the pics. of the Hopewell Rocks! I haven’t been there yet but plan to go one of these days. I also LOVE the muddy feet. When the feet get muddy you know it was a good time..

    • The Rocks is just one of those things you have to see for yourself (like the Rockies)…you don’t realize how neat they are until they’re in front of your eyes!

      I wish it had been just Hope’s feet that were muddy…

      Wendy

  8. I love the muddy feet shot! I should tell you that I almost stopped reading after Beaver Tails. I used to love those when I was skating on the Rideau in Ottawa (I lived in Kingston for 5 years while I attended Queen’s). Yum! But $6?

    Great summer day, still.

    • Glad you liked the post, Leanne! I grew up near Belleville, Ontario (in Prince Edward County), and my best friend lives in Kingston. I lived in Ottawa twice, and my brother still lives in Carleton Place. I never had Beaver Tails until I moved to Moncton though. Wendy

  9. Sandra

    You moved from Moncton to Saint John? Yikes…

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