2017 CANADIAN MARITIMES
On this Maine and Eastern Canada tour, get acquainted with the local culture, charming villages, and seafaring traditions of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton Island, New Brunswick, and Maine. Start and end your vacation in Boston with overnights also in Bar Harbor, St. Andrew's by-the-Sea, Digby, Halifax, Baddeck, Charlottetown, Saint John, and Camden.
Breathtaking scenery awaits you on this tour through Maine and Eastern Canada. In Maine, visit Acadia National Park, home to rugged coasts and the tallest mountain on the US Atlantic coast. In Nova Scotia, spend time in the fishing village of Digby, with breathtaking beauty and views; stop at Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; visit Peggy's Cove, a charming fishing village with a famous lighthouse; and take the scenic Marine Drive from Halifax along the Atlantic shoreline through picturesque fishing villages. On Cape Breton Island, drive along the world-famous Cabot Trail, named one of the worlds most scenic drives, and visit Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where the mountains and sea meet.
Visit Prince Edward Island National Park, famous for its red cliffs, wind-sculpted dunes, and sandy beaches. In New Brunswick, visit Fundy National Park, with the world's highest tides, rugged coastline, and waterfalls, and enjoy a guided visit of the Hopewell Rocks, famous formations carved by the Bay of Fundy with dramatic tides rising more than 50 feet.
Throughout this Maine and Eastern Canada tour, Globus has arranged fun and unique experiences for you. For example, enjoy a private demonstration by a local fisherman who will explain the importance of the Digby scallop. See a typical fisherman’s house from the early 1900s when you visit the Fisherman’s Life Museum, and enjoy a picnic lunch along the Cabot Trail. All of this and more awaits you on this spectacular tour!
I’ve visited the Canadian Maritimes twice before, and the Maritimes & Atlantic Provinces (longer tour) once. This is my 4th visit to the Maritimes. The initial information says only limited wi-fi availability but it turns out a bit better than that.
Special Event – The July 1 departure only: Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. This week-long annual event in Halifax features a fast-paced show and a true taste of Nova Scotia. Featuring over 2,000 world-class Canadian and international military and civilian performers, the Tattoo is one of the world’s premier cultural and entertainment events. Experience music, dance, acrobatics, drama and comedy, bagpipes, highland dancers, la culture de l’acadie, and military traditions. The tattoo also is a showcase for innovative acrobatic acts, modern music, contemporary dancing, trampoline routines, and more. Tickets to the tattoo and a behind-the-scenes tour are included during your stay in Halifax. Available only on the July 1, 2017 departure which is why I chose that date!
Destinations & Sightseeing
BAR HARBOR - Acadia National Park sightseeing
SAINT JOHN–DIGBY - Scenic ferry ride
DIGBY - Private demonstration by local fisherman
LUNENBURG - Visit Fisheries Museum
PEGGY’S COVE - Slightseeing
HALIFAX - Slightseeing; visit Citadel Hill; Tattoo
JEDDORE OYSTER POND - Visit Fisherman’s Life Museum
SHERBROOKE - Visit Sherbrooke Village
BADDECK - Visit Alexander Graham Bell Museum; Cabot Trail with picnic lunch and Cape Breton Highlands National Park sightseeing
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND - Charlottetown sightseeing with local guide; see Green Gables farmhouse
FUNDY NATIONAL PARK - Hopewell Rocks
SAINT JOHN - Orientation tour
Day 1, Saturday, July 1 Arrive in Boston
The usual late morning flight makes StuporShuttle timing easier - about 7:45. However the LONG wait for another passenger at each of the remaining stops made us running really late.
|United UA 1077||IAH - Boston||10:30A - 3:25P||3:55|
Starting and ending in Boston rather than Canada makes for much easier to schedule travel. The flight was comfortable and we got in 15 minutes early. Take a taxi to the hotel: $33. We are dropped off at the airport when the trip is over so no transfer problems then.
Welcome to “Bean Town.” At 6 pm, we will meet our Tour mis-Director (Chris Cobb – the documentation was wrong). Based on her one-page documentation I picked up when registering, she doesn’t know the difference between tonight and tomorrow night. She also wrote that we had free wi-fi but that was wrong also wrong. The documentation/notes were so fouled up that the receptionist had to take about 10 minutes talking to various people in order to find out what we were supposed to do. Supposedly she will sort of prepare us 44 victims (and she doesn’t even know the days?? Or the meaning of “free”) for our upcoming mis-adventure with a welcome drunk but no food and the hotel food is $$$$. I am NOT positively impressed by our Tour Director and have much lowered hopes for the trip. Also from what Chris said, the GlowButt supplied documentation is sometimes wrong and frequently misleading. The small number of meals included make me think about “Cheapmos(t)” “Bus and Beds” tours, not GlowButts. Bring a bunch of “munchies.” Hotel: Sheraton Boston
Day 2, Sunday, July 2 Boston – Portland – Bar Harbor
(BD) Bags ready at 6:45, an excellent but very rushed breakfast at 7 (take our carry-ons down with us) then we have to be on the bus at 7:45. Our driver is John Davis. From Massachusetts, head north via New Hampshire’s shoreline and along Maine’s rocky coast to Portland. Most of the driving is on the major highway but we do get off onto the seaside roads for a while. We make a stop in Dover to see the lighthouse then more highway.
Stop for lunch in Portland then stroll down the cobblestone streets of Portland’s famous Old Port Exchange – nice extra: a busker musician playing nice music on a harp.
Then this afternoon drive on to, and spend the night in Bar Harbor, Maine’s oldest summer resort. Dinner this evening is an awful LOBSTER BAKE. Fortunately, there is an mostly edible, acceptable, but not great, alternative, and alternatives are "promised" for the other such dinners as well. Hotel: Bluenose Inn
Day 3, Monday, July 3 Bar Harbor – Acadia National Park – St. Andrews By-the-Sea (Canada)
(B) Bags out and breakfast (limited by ok) at 7; start off heading north at 8. Have our passports available. Nowhere else along the Atlantic seaboard is the rock-bound coast as picturesque as in ACADIA NATIONAL PARK. Yes, we do get some nice scenery. Take the scenic park road and enjoy the spectacular panorama from the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the first place in the continental United States to see the sunrise. The scenery this morning pretty much lived up to expectations but the haze was quite blue. At least we have had three days of clear, but warmer than expected weather.
When we get to “Old Bar Harbor” (the tourist/port area) it turns out to be almost entirely made up of fleece-the-tourist rip-off enterprises interspersed with a bunch of overprices junk-food-joints. This is a major/and very disappointing introduction to Bar Harbor. After this I’ll probably skip any shore excursion here on the Oceania East Coast cruise next year.
After some leisure/boring/wasted time and lunch of sorts (Subway) in Bar Harbor, we head north for about 3 hours to get to the border. With not too much hassle, have our passports available and cross the border into Canada at their newest, and definitely least busy entry port, then go on a short distance to St. Andrews By-the-Sea.
Tonight, stay at the Algonquin Resort (a huge re-make/major update of one of the original Canadian Rail trackside resorts hotels) which overlooks historic Passamaquoddy Bay. This evening, it is my first chance to get a bunch of Canadian $$ (oops-wait until tomorrow) and for dinner, choose from the not-so-many fine “hamburger joints” this seaside community has to offer. Dinner at the hotel is far too expensive. Free Wi-Fi. Hotel: The Algonquin Resort
Day 4, Tuesday, July 4 St. Andrews By-the-Sea – Saint John – Digby
(BD) We have a good breakfast at 6:30, bags out at 8, and off at 9. This morning we make our first stop in “downtown” St. Andrews to do some exploring. I really enjoyed the visit here – definitely my favorite stop so far. Some of the buildings (architecture and decoration) are really interesting. One store-front favorite: “Marley and Scrooge” sells home-made fudge (and a bunch of other stuff). It is also a good time to get some Canadian money.
After our way too short, follow the coast to Saint John. On the way into town we had a short chance to see the non-reversing non-rapids non-falls. At that time it was in full high tide and looked more like a large pond. There is a “City Market” which is laid out and used much like Quincy Market in Boston. We are on our own for food and this is where most of us had lunch. Overall it was another “ok” visit to Saint John, but nothing special.
After some free time, we make about an hour driving travel, then “an hour” waiting to board a large catamaran FERRY (cars and people) for the 2 ½ hour “cruise” across to Digby (Nova Scotia), a popular summer resort. There was quite a bit of heavy overcast and even a bit of light drizzle but it was a smooth crossing. We didn’t see anything of Digby on our arrival since it was only a 5-minute drive to our hotel. Our hotel tonight is the Digby Pines Resort. It is a bit too “fancy” for me to really enjoy though not as “bad” or huge as the Algonquin yesterday.
Before dinner this evening, enjoy a private demonstration (about an hour) by a local fisherman who explained the importance of the Digby scallop and introduced us to Nova Scotian music (sings a couple of nice songs). The presentation was much more interesting and enjoyable than I had expected.
We had to choose our dinner 2 days ago, more of the options yesterday, and then soup or salad about an hour before arrival. The hotel staff just couldn’t seem to get their act together, but we did finally get our dinner at the resort. Even when served they apparently still were fouled up since it was definitely the poorest meal of the trip so far. The announced soup didn’t materialize. Instead we got some unidentifiable stuff in a bowl. Not only that but there were a couple of run-on-yack-yack-yackers at our table who drug out our already over-long meal for nearly an extra hour. Horrible dinner experience. Hotel: Digby Pines Resort & Spa
Day 5, Wednesday, July 5 Digby – Lunenburg – Peggy's Cove – Halifax
(B) Today breakfast is at 7, bags out at 7:30 (make that 7AM), then leave at 8:30. Since all the food we get today is breakfast only, we have more chances to spend money on food as we travel toward Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast and the winding shoreline to Lunenburg, one of the continent’s major fishing ports and usually a great place to visit.
Our first stop, just outside of Digby, is the Kejimkujik National Park. It is a combination historical, native indian site, environmental presentation area, and special scenic location. There was a very nice presentation. I wish we could have stayed longer.
Next is Lunenburg, definitely a historical (long history) site but we didn’t see much of anything of the real history area. That is very disappointing. Here we visit just the FISHERIES MUSEUM where we have a brief presentation on the Canadian fisheries, and also the infamous working, not just racing, yacht, the Bluenose. It was a short presentation because there isn’t much time to find some junk food before heading onward.
We then drive (long drive) to Peggy’s Cove, a fishing village with a famous lighthouse perched on a massive granite ledge. About all we saw there is the infamous lighthouse, and whatever we could see of the town from the lighthouse point – none of the more interesting sights in the town proper. I’ve been to Peggy’s Cove 3 times before, but it IS an interesting, and photogenic, location.
After about two hours more driving, we end in Halifax, the provincial capital for two nights. Here they have the slowest luggage delivery service (is it EVER going to get here) of any of our hotels thus far. Dinner is not included but the hotel is “downtown” so there are various feeding troughs in the area. Hotel: Westin Nova Scotian (2 nights)
Day 6, Thursday, July 6 Halifax / Tattoo
(B) Today’s schedule has been completely redone (abbreviated) due to our getting to see the ROYAL NOVA SCOTIA INTERNATIONAL TATTOO.
Our city sightseeing tour this morning includes a visit to CITADEL HILL (expected to be, but turns out neither interesting nor photogenic since we didn’t get to stop) with its early 19th-century star-shaped fort but all we got was a drive around the hill it is on; the tree-shaded walks of the public gardens (very short 10-minute walk through); and the harbor area (skipped totally), which evokes the port’s former strategic importance.
We did see the Fairview Cemetery, final resting place for more than 100 people who perished on the ill-fated voyage of the Titanic. It is a well-kept cemetery but is definitely “depressing.”
Late this morning we get our behind-the-scenes tour (which pretty much turns out very ho-hum) of the Tattoo facilities. After a brief break for some “lunch”, this afternoon we get to see the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.
This would have been the absolute highlight visit on the trip. However, Chris fouled up again and told us “no photos allowed” so I left my camera on the bus. Wrong; it is simply NO FLASH photography. MAJOR (EXTREME) DISAPPOINTMENT. (Great understatement). (Several hundred bad words deleted.) Overall, that pretty much ruined the performance for me. The show was really nice but ….
Back to our kennel for some dog food and straightening out my suitcase.
Day 7, Friday, July 7 Halifax – Jeddore Oyster Pond – Sherbrooke Village – Baddeck
(BD) Breakfast at 6, bags out at 7, and depart at 8:15. Take the scenic Marine Drive north along the Atlantic shoreline through picturesque fishing villages, stopping enroute in Jeddore Oyster Pond at FISHERMAN’S LIFE MUSEUM, a typical Nova Scotia fisherman’s house from the early 1900s. When we get there, we have a huge “welcoming committee:” about 2000 ravenous mosquitoes all ready for the arrival of “fresh meat.” Other than the mosquitoes, the visit was interesting, but it was just a turn-of-the-century small house/barn/etc. combo.
We drive a bit more and then for out “own our own” lunch, Glowbutt stops us at the Liscombe Dining Inn where we are forced to purchase a combo soup or salad, sandwich, and desert of the day – even if all we want is a cup of soup and some crackers. The combos are the only choices on the menu they set up for us.
Our primary stop for the day is a nice visit to SHERBROOKE VILLAGE, whose renovated buildings recall the boom years of the 1860s. We were there for almost 2 hours and it was a well-spent amount of time. Very nice place to visit, but ....
Then, via Canso Causeway, we cross over to Cape Breton Island, one of the first footholds of European settlement in the New World. It is a long drive as we continue to Baddeck but overall, the scenery today has been very nice. The included buffet dinner there is limited but decent. The hotel itself is nice. Hotel: Silver Dart Lodge (2 nights)
Day 8, Saturday, July 8 Baddeck. Cabot Trail
Back on Thursday, I hadn’t taken any pictures for the day and due to bad information, I didn’t take any during the performance. That has left me so disgusted that I didn’t take any pictures yesterday, nor today. I will probably just give up in disgust and not take any pictures for the whole rest of the trip.
(BL) Breakfast is at 7 and we are off at 8 for a long day of driving and exploring. The scenery should be excellent and the stops very interesting. However, we had some heavy rain (as forecast) overnight and it is still drizzling this morning. This, plus fog and overcast, continue all day limiting what we can actually see. And this is/was supposed to be one of the best/most enjoyable scenery days. Sad.
We take a very scenic (rained out) drive. We drive along the CABOT TRAIL, the area explored by John Cabot in the late-15th century, while savoring magnificent vistas (if we could see them) of the rocky shoreline and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Enjoy a PICNIC LUNCH (the usual sandwich, chips, cookie, drink, and water – well done) while admiring the scenery. The picnic was one thing that went well - it was planned to be at an established picnic spot with both outside tables and a fully enclosed building room. There is also a nice restroom facility building. A family group was there but enough room for us.
About 6 or 8 minutes after we got there and got unloaded with our picnic boxes,, two other bus loads arrived but since it was raining and the room was now totally full (us), THEY had to eat lunch on their bus. Timing miracle.
Finally, see CAPE BRETON HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK at the northern tip of the island, a landscape that strikingly resembles Scottish coastal regions. We make a stop at “Floras” where they make a large multitude of hand-knit items. No, I didn't buy any. Then we return to Baddeck where dinner is on our own. Not the best of days. free wi-fi
Day 9, Sunday, July 9 Baddeck – Caribou – Charlottetown
(BD) We have a late breakfast this morning (7:45) and depart at 8:45. This is so that we can time our arrival to visit the ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL MUSEUM. It opens at 9 and we want to have as much time there as possible.
Unfortunately, it was again a limited introduction: a 4-5-minute fumble tonged time waster out of our limited 45 minutes. Then it takes another 5 minutes to unload, a “couple of minutes” pit-stop just before we leave, and then the re-boarding time. All this leaves only about 20 minutes to look around. Study exhibits tracing the achievements of the great inventor, who spent the last years of his life on Cape Breton.
It has to be a very short visit since we have to head back to the peninsula and continue north to Caribou, and make our ferry connection (1PM and we have to get there early to get in line to load) and the regular local FERRY “whisks” us across the Northumberland Strait to Prince Edward Island.
At least that was the plan. After a 2 ½ hour drive, we got to the ferry terminal on time (12:15-12:20) and sat waiting and waiting and …. Then about 12:45 just before the 1PM boarding time, we are told that the ferry engine is “broke” and the closest necessary repair part is in Norway. So we are going to have to wait around from the 1PM departure to the next boat at 2:45. Of course if we had known that we could have stayed longer and had a decent visit at the Bell Museum.
To waste the time that we eat our “lunch” in the ferry port slop-shop/feeding-trough. My chili-dog didn’t like me. But eventually the other (smaller) ferry arrived and they crowded on as many of the now double load of vehicles as the could. It took about 1 ¼ hours but a smooth crossing.
It is a bit over 1-hour drive on the Charlottetown. Since we are running a couple of hours late, the introductory drive around town is deleted and we go almost directly to the restaurant for the included dinner – which by now I have to skip. That chili-dog!!!
At least our hotel is, in my opinion, the very best hotel we have had on the trip and surprise – wi-fi is included for the two nights we are here.
For the next two nights, we are in Charlottetown. Get acquainted with this colonial town on a stroll through colorful Great George Street and along the restored waterfront. Hotel: Delta Prince Edward (2 nights)
Day 10, Monday, July 10 Charlottetown
(B) Another scrambled schedule. We get to “sleep in” and go to breakfast at 8, but I was there at 6:30 when they opened. It was very good. I “liberated” some munchies for later – maybe “dinner.” Then back to the room to “sleep in” for a while.
Finally, at 9, we have our introduction to Charlottetown bus tour as the first activity this morning (really not that much to see even though it is a very “pretty” town with many very nice older buildings), then enjoy a guided bus tour of the island that includes Prince Edward Island NATIONAL PARK which is nice but not spectacular. Our local guide did tell us that we “don’t have to worry about walking on the beach” since “there is not a single mosquito in/on Prince Edward Island.” I don’t believe it**.
We also have a very boring (4th time for me) visit to the notoriously infamous GREEN GABLES farmhouse, the setting for the famous novel Anne of Green Gables. I’ve been here 3 times before so I just sit outside and wait for the rest of the group. I definitely don’t want to do those long, steep, narrow stairs again. Thus, most of this turns out to be a very Ho-Hum morning/day.
After the wasted time tour, we go back to the hotel where lunch is on our own and the whole rest of the day and evening is at boredom unless … I was hoping for a visit to the College of Piping which was in the original listing. There is certainly plenty of time for it this afternoon and nothing much else to do – and it has turned quite uncomfortably warm for just walking around.
Chris had promised to find me a local “sightseeing” tour that goes there (it is a bit out of town) to see a performance. But as with Chris’ record so far, no results. Having given up on Chris, when we arrive back at the hotel I checked with their Charlottetown activities staff. Sure enough, there is a performance today … starting in about 20 minutes. If only Chris had checked as promised I would definitely have skipped the all-repeats bus tour and headed out there. (Several hundred bad words deleted.)
So much for my hopes of getting to visit the College of Piping and seeing a performance. I'm now running a big fat ZERO for TWO for the two things I most wanted on the trip.
Thirty of the forty-four of us are going to see Anne of Green Gables tonight ($75) but I’ve see it twice before.
The rest of the day is now a total waste. free wi-fi (** “… single mosquito …” turns out to be true. “They are all married and with thousands of kids.”)
Day 11, Tuesday, July 11 Charlottetown – Saint John
(B) Breakfast and bags at 6:30, depart at 7:30. We have the early departure in order to get to Hopewell Rocks early enough to get down to the beach/sea level before 11 when the tide comes in and ruins the sight-seeing. First, we have to travel across the 8-mile Confederation Bridge.
My last hope was that some of the dancers are here as they have been on the other 3 visits after Chris failed again and I missed out on visiting the “College...” Unfortunately, that hope went down in flames also since we stopped at the “wrong” end (NB) of the bridge.
Assuming that we get to Hopewell in time before the tide (up to 56 feet, average 39 feet) comes in and ruins more plans, we get to climb down a steep cliff-side and enjoy a guided visit of the HOPEWELL ROCKS. They are the famous formations carved by the Bay of Fundy’s dramatic tides that rise more than 50 feet. About a year and a half ago they really upgraded the facilities at the site. They are now really nice. We have an excellent local guide, but because of the steep, very irregular climb (121 steps) down, I’ll play it safe and stay on the top level where I will get another different perspective view of the rocks.
At the end of the Hopewell explorations, we have to stay there at the site for a “picnic lunch” (hot dog or hamburgers, a drink, and inedible chips), not included – we have to pay extra for it – but is it worth it? No. Also, to add to the situation, the weather: the temperature is at least 20-25 degrees below what had been forecast (~70), a strong wind, and occasional rain drops. It feels a lot like winter. The “picnic area” has a tent cover but no sides. It is miserable weather for lunch in the open.
For all practical purposes, for ME, the trip is now over. There just isn’t anything left on the schedule in which I have any interest. I’m now on the “other” count-down mode.
Then we drive through FUNDY NATIONAL PARK. There is some nice scenery but I’m so “down” after yesterday (and this morning), that nothing will likely cheer me up. I even changed my trip index list “awarding” this trip “Three, not just Two, Thumbs Down.” Maybe I’ll even up that to “Four Thumbs Down.” It is doubtful that I’ll get up here again, and even if I do, it will be quite a while.
Upon arrival in Saint John, we make another pass to see the Non-Reversing Non-Rapids. Just another calm pond. It is slack high tide again. Just before we get to the hotel, we are told to spend all our remaining Canadian money tonight since we make no more stops in Canada. Then it is time for junk food hunting in the mall connected to the hotel since dinner is again on our own. It is another very nice hotel (another Delta) similar to the one in Charlottetown. Hotel: Delta Brunswick
Day 12, Wednesday, July 12 Saint John – Camden (US)
(BD) Breakfast and bags at 7:30 and depart at 8:30. There are no other stops in Canada. About an hour later (traffic permitting) we cross back into the US. (Be sure to have our Passports.) It turns out to take a bit over an hour. Not only do they check all our papers, but they turn the kennel residents loose to smell out anything on the bus, the motor compartment, the luggage bins, and the inside of the bus. Finally we are cleared to continue and we cross back into the “Eastern Time Zone” and “gain an hour.”
JJourney along the Maine coastline on the way to Camden with some back road sightseeing, then stopping for our “lunch on our own” but we are “captive” there since it is in some small burg and there are no anywhere-near options. At least the food is good. Continue on to Camden where they toss us off the bus about 4 to spend money at one or more of the many fleece-the-tourist-traps in town. We are picked up later and taken on to the hotel.
We check in to the "Country Inn" in Camden. Inside it is styled as a small 50-60 years ago country inn - older style furniture and small conversation nooks scattered around. It looks quite nice and interesting, but ... the room, which again looks nice on first glance but: the toilet is one of the very old style, VERY small and VERY low to the floor. Awful!! Virtually un-usable.
The bed, which has a nice quilted style coverlet, has a mattress which has been slept on by a herd of elephants (so "crushed" down on one side) and gave the impression that I was about to fall out. No sleep this night.
There is a table for the computer but the only electrical outlet requires a contortionist act after crawling under the table in order to plug it in.
The room did have a/c, 2 TVs, a small sitting area, small refrigerator, microwave, and toaster oven so all that was nice but never used. There was even a nice LED clock but was hard to see the way I had to lie on the bed. So, quite nice looks, some extras, but IMO definitely the poorest of the trip.
This evening, Chris hosts a farewell (Good-Bye and Good Riddance?) dinner featuring yet another LOBSTER and other local seafood specialties. They did offer a somewhat tough steak tonight. Hotel: Country Inn at Camden/Rockport
Day 13, Thursday, July 13 WEATHER - Camden – Boston/Heavy Rain! – Houston/Thunderstorms
(B only) As expected, after the fiasco at the TATTOO, no more pictures were taken, and most of the early ones discarded out of disappointment. I had expected to have taken at least 100 per day since this is certainly my last trip to the area for quite a while other than some brief stops on the first cruise (Oceania) of next year but that won’t give me either the College of Piping or the Tattoo. Miserable!
This morning when I got up and signed on to the 'net to check in, I found a "buy me" ad to upgrade my seat to Business Class. It shouldn't be necessary. But I found that Un-Friendly Awful-lines had down-graded my seat from Economy Plus to Sardine Class - middle seat as well. And no E+ seats were available (all shown as booked) so I had to back track to the sales pitch and get an upgrade to BC. Overall, it (net) cost about an extra $90. But I did net priority boarding, free luggage, "lunch", and a nice seat.
Back to that motel: Breakfast - a couple of nice items (from a local diner) but nothing I was interested in eating. Smallest, for me, breakfast on the trip ~~ munchies.
We leave on time and drive south mostly on one of the back "highways" with some scenery seen through the rain. It had rained off and on all night and started raining again as we departed, and continued off and (mostly) on until we got to the north side of Boston.
Something very nice (for once). We made a stop in Freeport, ME, at the LL Bean store. I had been doing computerized window shopping on their web pages, but didn't want to order due to a couple of questions. This stop gave me a chance to see, feel, and ask questions so I did buy another pair of shoes and a windbreaker/rain jacket. YEA! They will be mailed to me - free shipping. This is also our lunch stop and I got a nice sandwich in their "snack bar." Very good stop. At least one thing went very well.
We then continue south in the rain arriving in Boston in plenty of time. The rain had stopped. At least the weather cooperated here. Arrive in the afternoon, with a stop at the airport for survivors with homebound flights. No taxi transfer needed, we are dropped off at the airport. But the bus will fit under the "overhangs" at some of the terminals but not the one (B) that I need - it is about 2' too tall. So they kick us out at terminal A, and I have to take moving walkways all the way to the far end of B (that's how it was laid out), and walk back to the United gates which are all the way back to the "front" end of terminal B right at the end of A. It is a 25 minute Cross-country hike with luggage.
When I finally got to the counter and an Un-Friendly Awful-Lines agent, I was told that due to weather in the Houston and coastal areas, the flight was delayed about 25 minutes - the incoming plane was delayed by airport delays in Houston and other weather problems. OK, not too bad, but by the time I got to the gate area, it was up to 40 minutes delay. That kept climbing and the plane finally arrived 1 1/2 hours late. By the time it arrived in Boston, the weather was good here.
It’s another of those long 4-hour flights but not a long wait at the airport unless there are major weather delays. At least the new pilot made up some of that and we arrived in Houston (after a very bumpy ride) only about 1:10 late but in good weather. I did get my luggage quickly and not too long a wait for the shuttle.
|United UA 2045||Boston - IAH||4:02P - 7:16P||4:14|
|6:20 PM - 9:20PM|| 4:00|
Home about 10:20 PM. The driving distance, total highway travel, about 1700 miles … plus all the local sightseeing and the days when we didn’t travel to another city: Halifax, Baddeck and the long loop, and Charlottetown. I’m sure that would run it up to well over 2000 miles. The next trip that includes a visit to Canada is the first cruise in 2018: “Miami to Montreal” in April.
For reasons discussed above, I didn't take any pictures from this trip. However I've copied in some of the pictures from the Road Scholar trip in 2010 to give you an idea of what we saw.
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