In the woods of DownEast Maine, the Garmin went dark and cell phone service vacillated between spotty and nonexistent. We’d used the GPS on previous trips to Qu
ebec and the Thousand Islands, so it never occurred to either of us that we wouldn’t have it this time. Travel Tip: Never take your technical tools for granted. Without the aid of a satellite, we were forced—God help us!—to rely on an actual paper map. Good thing that Hubby and I, throwbacks that we are, know how to read them and, in fact, actually value them. A “real” map allows you to see not only the expanse of your journey, but also unconsidered possibilities.
We crossed from Maine into St. Stephen, New Brunswick at Calais. Once in Canada, we were following the coast on a well-marked highway. Who needs GPS for that? Cell phone service became more reliable in Canada, and from that point forward, we could use the phone for navigation if we needed it.
Our first stop was St. Andrews by-the-Sea. Glad to be out of the car and on foot, we explored the local grocery store (one of my fixations in other countries), then took a leisurely walk up and down Water Street. Hubby’s only purchase goal for this trip was a traditional Irish fishermen’s cap, which he found at Kit & Kaboodle. He bought two and has been sporting them ever since.
A quick stop but a delightful one—our first taste of Atlantic Canada. Next: St. John, NB, where we spent our first night in the Maritimes. Stay tuned!