|We crossed over the
bridge to New York state between Gananoque and Brockville then went Hwy 81 to Adam (does it
have anything to do with the Big Apple?) where we passed a church with a
sign saying "Do not give up - Moses was once a basket
Watertown and then east of Hwy 3, we entered the Adirondack
Mountains and stayed overnight in Saranac Lake.
September 19, 2003
Waking up in Saranac Lake and
enjoying the peaceful view from our corner room with balcony, we
kept an eye on the deepening clouds. This was the day that
hurricane Isabelle was to come through the area. On the tv
they were already reporting nine deaths that she had left in her
high wind path. We contemplated just staying put for another
day but ultimately decided to push on and see how the day
||After breakfast we
drove to Lake Placid - home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic
Games. The village was attractive with Whistler-style tourist
After checking with a local,
we made a change of plans. We had thought we would drive up to
Burlington and cross over to Vermont on the ferry, but when he told us
that they were expecting Isabelle to cause four to five foot
waves on Lake Champlain, we decided to take a longer land and bridge route south
through Port Henry towards Montpelier, the capital of Vermont.
On the way out of town we
stopped to take a picture of the ski jumps tops. The rain began.
|Further south we
stopped at a Farmer's Market in Elizabethtown. Some ladies we
talked to pointed out that it was not as big or busy as it usually
is on a Saturday, as many were not coming because of Isabelle's
threat. The harvest displays of vegetables were most
attractive and tempting to purchase but we would be crossing over
the border again soon and had to keep our cooler empty of fruits and
vegetables. We did, however, come away with a few carrots,
sourdough bread and two chocolate chip cookies.
|At 11:50 we
crossed the bridge into Vermont and then drove highway 17 east, then
onto Highway 2. Even with the intermittent showers and rain
downpours along with periodic high wind gusts, Vermont did not
disappoint us in it's beauty and architecture against a background
of changing autumn colours.
Entered New Hampshire at 3:20
After crossing into Maine, we
had some difficulty in finding accommodations. This being the
last weekend of summer numerous events were happening and the
accommodations in small towns had filled up early. As we
searched we continued driving north-east. It was nearing 9:30
when one full motel phoned another and was able to track down a tiny
room in Rumford.
September 20, 2003
It was a little slow crossing over
the border from Houlton, Maine into Woodstock, New Brunswick. They were
asking numerous questions and searching each car.
Once we were in our room in
Fredericton, we did some grocery shopping and filled our cooler once again
with fruit and salad vegetables. An earlier and quieter night
allowed us to do some journaling and reading of things to look forward to
as we still have our sights set on Newfoundland.
September 21, 2003
What a lovely day. A
Sunday. A relaxing tourist-kind-of-day. We made some phone calls and
arranged to go to the Gagetown Museum tomorrow. Today we would
stroll through Kings Landing .... a United Empire Loyalist heritage village. Stroll with us
through some of our pictures:
||On the banks
of St. John River, Kings Landing historical village re-creates
rural life in 19th Century New Brunswick. Costumed
villagers go about their daily chores.
|September 22, 2003
After a lazy morning, we drove to
Gagetown where many United Empire Loyalists settled - including the
They had so much information on the
Thorne families in Gagetown that we spent the time looking up and photocopying
information. They also told Terry that a distance relative,
Richard Thorne, had done a great deal of work on the family's
history and gave us his phone number.
Terry called and talked with Richard's
|From Gagetown, we drove
into Hampton and on the way took two cable ferries. The ferries
have their own power but are guided across the currents by
cable. They have no set schedule and gauge their activity from
need. On each side there is a push button for service.
In Hampton, the old train station is now a tourist
information centre. Unfortunately for us it was closed.
There are no accommodations in Hampton and after trying, without
success, to find accommodation in St. John (everything - motels,
hotels and B&Bs were all full) we made our way to
Terry spoke with Richard and
they spent some time talking of family connections. When Terry
told him that it was our plan to go to the museum and archives in
Hampton today Richard told him that he was the President of the
Society there and that he would drop off his personal file on the
Thornes and invited us to photocopy it in whole or part. He
also told us that there was a picture of the Robert Thornes of
Gagetown in the file.
||When when we
arrived at the Hampton Museum Richard's file was full and
waiting. Morrison information was nil. One thing has not
been made clear ... and a good starting point for further research
.... the question ... when did they come to Hampton and when did
finding answers we went to the Property Transfer Archives ...
a place filled with beautifully bound books and some impeccably
hand written contract records. "Even the
smell", Terry said "adds to the experience."
Answers? Yes to some of
our questions but our time there definitely gave us more
questions to ponder.
We left family files and
computer programs in the trunk of the car and were tourists for
the day. We left Sussex and drove south east through Fundy
National Park stopping at the little village of Alma where we picked
up some fresh bread, sticky buns and Atlantic smoked salmon.
|Due to the temperature
difference between Bay of Fundy water and land, the Fundy National Park has
two distinct climates. Inland may be sunny and warm while the
coast experiences fresh breezes and fog. Fog usually dissipates
by midday as the air warms.
The Bay does not freeze in
winter. Its moderating effect is felt year-round as pleasantly
cool summers, long autumns and moist, mild winters.
||Imagine 100 billion tons of
water moving in and out of a bay twice every 25 hours. Powered
by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun, Fundy's tides are
among the highest in the world and vary daily with the changing
positions of these celestial bodies.
The gravitational pull of the sun
during the new and full moon phases is stronger than usual and
results in higher than normal or "spring" tides.
When the moon is at right angles to the line between the earth and
sun, the gravitational pull is weaker, resulting in lower than
normal or "neap" tides.
|These beautiful carved
rocks make for wonderful silhouette photography. In the centre
picture can you see Sherrie standing in the round opening? ... and
in the picture to the right, Terry is investigating one of the deep crevices.
Water between fractures of sandstone continues to expand and
contract as it freezes and melts, causing the fractures to
widen. Ocean waves and giant tides erode the soft sandstone
bases. As the soft sandstone is eroded, the harder
conglomerate layer is left unsupported and collapses. A
"flowerpot" or "rock sculpture" is formed.
As the cliff's top, face and base are continually subjected to erosion,
this process is still shaping the rocks today.
Some may stand for thousands of year,
others for hundreds, depending on how much they become unbalanced
through erosion. Geologists say there is enough conglomerate
rock to make these amazing rock pillars for the next 100,000 years!
|NEXT STOP TRURO, NOVA
For the next four days we stayed with
Bryan and Tammie and our grandchildren, Tavis (5) and Tyler (3). We
played, babysat, visited, had a mini 5th birthday party at home for
Tavis on the 25th (and went to his bowling birthday party on the
weekend) plus took them on a day trip to Halifax and Victoria
Park. Such fun ... trying to keep up!
to September 29, 2003