Sunday, April 11, 2010

Pabineau Falls, New Brunswick

Pabineau Falls is on private land owned and managed by the Pabineau First Nation, but very accessible to the public.

The Nepisiquit River squeezes through a maze of boulders as it flows towards the Bay of Chaleur. The area was the ancient fishing area for the Mi'k Maq Indians. Now in early fall you can often see a local salmon fisherman on the river. We also saw salmon trying to jump the falls.

aul and I took a drive on Friday to see the Falls and it was quiet a spectacle.

To give you some idea of the amount of water coming over the rocks, here is a comparison showing the impact of the spring run-off. The photo below was taken August 2009 when my friend Bunty and I were visiting the Falls. You will see in the next photo, the rocks we were sitting on are now under water.

Here are a few action photos of the water. Why is water so fascinating?

The first sunny day we get next week, we plan on making with a picnic lunch and return to the Falls.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Signs of Spring

As much as Paul and I enjoyed spending our winter in South Carolina, it is nice to be back in Canada. And more so in Beresford, New Brunswick, our hometown now.

We experienced three springs this year. The first was on the official day of spring, 20 March, at Surfside Beach, South Carolina.
The second spring we enjoyed was on 1 April, during our drive from South Carolina to Pennsylvania in Centreville, Virginia. Now that we are home, three sure signs of spring here for me are:
- no ice left in the Bay of Chaleur- crocuses in my garden, even if I did plant them in the fall of 2008 and they were no shows last year,
and- most important, I can use my clothes line again.

~ I love Spring anywhere, but if I could choose
I would always greet it in a garden ~
by Ruth Stout

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Gettysburg, the Countryside

For me, Gettysburg is; the history of the battles of the Civil War, which I posted in my previous blog, and the beauty of the countryside with its textures of the many fences, rock walls, buildings and colorful red barns.

Here are some of my favourite photos.

Gettysburg, a very interesting place to visit.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

On the Road - to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

On 1 April Paul and I left Surfside Beach at 8:00 a.m. to start our return drive to Canada. We left behind a beautiful sunrise.

It was a very nice day for driving with sunshine, warm weather and lots of spring blossoms. The roads were not as busy as we had expected and this year we drove through Wilmington, North Carolina trying to avoid as much of I-95 as possible and we made the right decision.

While making a rest stop at the McDonald's in Centreville, Virginia, we saw these beautiful flowering trees in the parking lot.

This year on our return drive, we decided to take some time to visit historic Gettysburg. Paul has a great interest in USA history and the Civil War battles so this was a side trip he was looking forward to.

We started our morning at the new Museum and Visitor Center, where we viewed a short film, "A New Birth of Freedom", narrated by Morgan Freeman; saw the fully restored Gettysburg Cyclorama which is the dramatic depiction of Pickett's Charge; and then toured the museum. The Cyclorama to us was an experience that cannot be put into words, therefore, a must-see.

There are several options for touring the battlefields: bus tour, private ranger tour, power scooters and even horseback.

We opted for the self-guided auto tour and set off with our map. As you will see in the next photo, many other people chose the auto tour as well, so it was quite busy. There were 16 points of interest and we only saw six of them on the first day. There are many statues, monuments and plaques to read; you must allow time to take it all in.

At one sight Paul was fortunate to speak with a man who was a tour guide and visiting the area to prepare for an upcoming tour. Paul took this opportunity to ask questions and learn more details of the battles at Gettysburg.

Many cannons could be seen along the auto tour.

The scenery was so beautiful, it was difficult to imagine this area as a battlefield.

The area of Devil's Den and the Valley of Death were strategic areas during the battle of 2 July 1863. It was difficult to imagine how battles could take place on some of this terrain; and understandable how so many lives were lost.

The Pennsylvania Monument was the most impressive to us. There was a winding staircase inside that allowed you to walk up and come out at the bottom of the dome, to enjoy the view out over the battlefields.

Our last stop on our auto tour was the National Cemetery and the site of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address -"Four score and seven years ago...".

For Paul, Gettysburg was a historical trip which he will always remember, and hopes to do again. For me, I saw two sides of Gettysburg: the history of the battles of the Civil War and the beauty of the countryside, textures of the many fences and rock walls and the colourful red barns.

It was a great experience and one I enjoyed sharing with Paul as I know how much he enjoys reading about the events of Gettysburg.