Tuesday, 21 August 2012 16:42
We have encountered a flood of hospitality lately. It all started three days ago when we were trying to decide where to camp. I was starting to feel anxious about the increasing density of private property, thinking that if it is tough to find a camping spot here, what will we do along the East Coast of the US? We were about halfway between Woodstock and Fredericton. A man and his dog appeared in a small, green motorboat and invited us to stay in his guest house. Dave and I actually spent a layover day at Blake and Elaine's, sharing photos and swapping dog sledding stories. We are so grateful for their generosity
Last evening, Dave and I were paddling through the islands upstream of Fredericton. We were pleased to see so many people out enjoying the river in kayaks, canoes, a rowboat, and even just wading through the shallows. We set up camp on an inviting beach on one of the islands. A woman paddled by, followed by a bounding dog. After chatting for a bit, she invited us to dinner. We spent another evening enjoying Wendy and Bill's hospitality.
This morning, we landed in Fredericton and took part in a mini news conference. This was arranged by two great folks at the Conservation Council of New Brunswick. A big thank you to Nadine, 'No Child Left Inside' Program Coordinator, and Stephanie, Director of Freshwater Protection. We later enjoyed a tour of Fredericton and lunch at the Cedar Tree Cafe with Nadine and Stephanie. Our interview with CBC's Roy Gjelstad can be found here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2012/08/21/nb-freeman-wilderness-class-kayak.html
In the afternoon, we paddled a few more miles downstream and found a great spot to camp on an island near Oromocto. I was impressed to still see quite a few animals even a rather urban stretch of river. Geese, ducks, and cormorants were everywhere. I saw several osprey as well. Dave even spotted a sturgeon!
Miles Paddled: 15
1 Bald Eagle
54 Canada Geese
1 Barred Owl
Great links about the St. John River:
Recent Studies about the river:
Conservation Council of New Brunswick:blog comments powered by Disqus