Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sunday in Moncton, NB

Bright and early Sunday we loaded a bus and headed to New Brunswick since it had been impossible to get a flight out of Charlottetown.  How did all those other advisors and students beat us to the seats?  Our flight didn't leave until 5:30 so we could do a little of this and a little of that in New Brunswick.

First we had to wave goodbye to the beautiful province of PEI which showed us so much hospitality.
Then it was a trip across the Confederation Bridge.  Our bus driver had paid $5 to walk the 14 kms across it when it was first opened.
Here's my last view of the island.
And here is the first view of New Brunswick.  I'm sure I'm a changling who was actually born to a lighthouse keeper somewhere in the world rather than being born a prairie child.  I love the water, the views, the shores, the sea glass, the lighthouses, the sand.
We went out to the Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy.  Here I saw trees rewording the adage "bloom where you are planted."  They live by "root where you're planted" as some cling to the sides of the eroding land.
Bob and I were here last October and had the place to ourselves.  This time I had to frame my photos carefully to keep people out of them.
This warning made me think.
These four students missed out on seafood when we were in PEI.  The conference didn't serve any because some people are so allergic to it that they can't even be in a room where it's being served.  We stopped at this restaurant so they could have seafood, others of us could too, and those who didn't want it could have burgers or chicken.
It was a great place to wash our hands!  Look at the basin in the restroom.
It was also a great place to eat ... this seafood platter was delicious.
And, look, the food could be toys too as Justin proved.
Our two flights home were on time, thank goodness, as we were tired.  If any of our fellow travelers on the planes were thinking, "oh, no, a group of teenagers got on," they needn't have worried as the students slept.
I wanted a photo of the gang as we waited for our luggage in Regina but the girls vetoed the idea since they didn't think they looked their best after a busy day and hours of flying.  I thought they looked fine.  This group of teenagers is beautiful inside and out.  They are already leaders and will be amongst the finest of Canadian leaders in their adult lives.  I'm so lucky I got to travel with them.


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