Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Blueberry Muffins! I forgot to snap a photo of the cookies before...

A couple shots that are typical of our views along the coastal...


Here we could see all the way across the Northumberland Strait to...

Same view with 10X optical zoom plus some digital zoom.

(Ron Writing) We had another cold night followed by a bright sunny morning. By late morning it was up in the low 70’s and just perfect.

Elena was in the mood to do some baking and I was in the mood for homemade cookies and muffins. I know, I’m spoiled. Before the morning was over Elena had made a dozen blueberry muffins and three dozen chocolate chip cookies. The official taste tester declared that both were excellent!

This afternoon we left Moncton north along the New Brunswick coast. Several times we could see the west coast of Prince Edward Island about 12 to 15 miles to the north east across the Northumberland Strait. This route is called the Acadian Coastal Drive as the population is predominately Acadian. This was obvious by the heavy use of French on signs and the many Acadian flags flying by homes. Again we saw so many beautiful properties with large well-kept homes set on huge lots with very green and neatly mowed grass. Wherever we’ve traveled in the Maritimes this summer we see almost no evidence of poverty or rundown properties.

We’ve noticed that a high percentage Maritime Canadians fly flags on their properties. The most common is the Canadian flag but many people also fly the flag of their province. Many Acadians fly a special Acadian flag without flying the national or province flags. We noticed in Newfoundland that quite a few people fly the province flag without flying a national flag. It’s also quite surprising how often we see the US flag flying. When we see it on a private property its perhaps the residents are American citizens since many Americans own property here. But we have also seen the US flag flying several times on businesses. In general far more people fly their flags here in Canada than US and we see US flags here far more often than we see Canadian flags in the US.

We saw something new today – we saw an RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) stop a car for a traffic violation. As we’ve traveled in Canada this summer we’ve noticed that we seldom see any law enforcement officers. Only large cities have their own police force. The RCMP seems to be the only law enforcement in nearly all the towns and out on the roads and highways. Unlike the USA where we have “highway patrol”, “sheriffs”, and all but the smallest towns have a city “police”, here it’s just the RCMP and a few large cities with police. We often drive around for days without seeing any sort of law enforcement officer.

By late this afternoon we arrived in Miramichi, NB were we are parked for the night at Wal*Mart.

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