NP canoeing, Shediac Lobster, & Moncton

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Canoeing Fun at Kouchiboughgwac NP

Happy Canada Day!  We had a fun day...

Started out canoeing in the National Park.  Nice guy at the rental desk let us do 2 canoes for half an hour each, so we could canoe together instead of serially ($9/hr).  It was a beautiful ride with a brisk current- we were glad we paddled upwind first! (Thanks, Mom!)

About 10 minutes down the road was a nice little laundrymat with 4 washers and dryers, which we very much needed.  Awesome! 

About 30 more minutes down Hwy 11 brought us to Shediac, the self-proclaimed Lobster Capital of the World!  We took the requisite pictures on the world's largest lobster (statue) in town. 

Then we walked over to the Lobster Shack next door, bought 2 lobsters for about $26 (they were $7.

Shediac giant lobster sculpture
50/lb and huge 2 pounders almost), cooked fresh this morning.  They can sell 10,000 a day on a busy holiday!

We drove Ciao out to the wharf where for $2 we could park.  By backing the bikes out over the water, we got Ciao taking up only one parking spot.  Then Jazy (for Humanitarian or Crustaceanarian reasons) refused to get near the lobsters and Charles doesn't eat seafood!  So Lia and I happily stood by a chest-high pier post and gorged on lobster until we couldn't eat another bite!  It was awesome and Lia shared my enthusiasm!  YUM!  The Lobster Festival is next weekend in Shediac (July 7th) and we might take Ned back with us.

30 minutes more down the highway brought us to Moncton, where we had to visit Magnetic Hill.

Lia Loves Lobster!
  This is a place in the road where the road appears to go uphill, but it is an optical illusion.  Really, the road is still descending from an earlier more steep hill.  You really see this going the other direction, which we had to do in order to turn around our big RV.  The students working it were really fun and told us we could go as many times as we wanted.  Forward and backward were enough and we thought it was all hilarious. 

Death Valley is the same way- appears to be level or even uphill after a downhill when in reality, it is still downhill, just less steep.  Dangerous in an RV!  But we had fun and the $5 was well worth it.  We passed on the entire kid-fun kingdom (including a zoo and go-carts) they have created around Magnetic Hill's 50 yards of optical illusion since it was raining.

Moncton Walmart was already closed when we arrived at 5:30 pm, perhaps because of Canada Day.  But there are about 15 RV's here in our little community now and it all feels quite safe, as do nearly all Walmarts. 

We're finishing up Anne of Green Gables before our trip to Prince Edward Island. Actually, we'll pass the Confederation Bridge tomorrow within the hour headed south, but want to enjoy it with Ned.  The bridge toll there is free, but the cost on the return trip to New Brunswick is $42.50! 

Just 2 days before we get Ned- hooray!

 

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Canoeing Fun at Kouchiboughgwac NP
Canoeing Fun at Kouchiboughgwac NP
Shediac giant lobster sculpture
Shediac giant lobster sculpture
Lia Loves Lobster!
Lia Loves Lobster!
Lobster Shack
Lobster Shack
Lobster picnic on the wharf
Lobster picnic on the wharf
Monctons Magnetic Hill- see that …
Moncton's Magnetic Hill- see that…
Our campground for the night- no s…
Our campground for the night- no …
Moncton
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