Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Trip to Nova Scotia, Day 15 (updated with pics)

We began our trip out of Nova Scotia bright and early after saying our farewells to the Burstalls. The Burstalls were awesome hosts, and we’ll miss them. Our route took us up to the Northumberland Strait between Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and to Seagull Pewter in Pugwash as we drove along the coast before cutting over to Amherst and back into New Brunswick. So many spectacular views of the coast and picturesque vistas! We sped along to St. Stephen, where we went to The Chocolate Museum, formerly the old Ganong Bros. Chocolate Company factory. Ganong Bros. is Canada’s oldest candy company, and its main offices remain in St. Stephen. From St. Stephen, we crossed the St. Croix River into Calais, Maine. Calais (rhymes with palace) was named thus because it lies directly across the river from Dover Hill in New Brunswick (like Calais, France, lies across the English Channel from Dover, England). We got down to our motel in Robbinston, Maine, which is located right on the banks of the St. Croix River and the Passamaquoddy Bay. We can see New Brunswick from our window. After letting Landon blow off some steam, we went back into Calais for some dinner and ice cream (ah, sweet, sweet roadside ice cream!). By the time we got back to the motel, the weather had cooled nicely. We’ve put just over 2900 miles on the car so far this trip, with over 400 of them coming from today’s journey alone.

A parting shot with the Burstalls.
A view of the sea from Pugwash. While we saw many beautiful views, we did not get them on film. We saw them as we drove along, and there weren't many spots to pull off right where there were good photo ops. Oh, well. That just means you'll have to come see for yourself sometime!
Seagull Pewter.
The Chocolate Museum.
This factory is where Ganong Chocolates used to be made.
Displays inside the museum.
Another display of caramels being made.
Landon trying his hand at chocolate making.
How fast can you pack a box of chocolates?
A window on how the factory workers do their job today.
The main building of our motel in Robbinston, Maine.
Landon looking out at Passamaquoddy Bay at low tide.
A view of our motel room.
Landon by some lobster traps.
Tossing rocks into the water.
Some Victorian houses with great gingerbread and bunting.
The roadside ice cream stand we ate at.
Hallie's holding a single scoop. They sell doubles and triples, which I assume come in a bucket with a handle.

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