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Fundy Revisited

As I have no doubt everyone remembers, last year I took Mayfly to Fundy National Park and Hopewell Rocks.  Well, it was such a great time that I was game to go again.  I didn’t fully revisit the last trip as I only went for a weekend and with different company…adult company!  Wow, totally different experience when I don’t have to fully assemble and tear down the campsite, cook all the food and build/maintain the fire BY MYSELF!  Okay, so I still did the cooking, but Matt took care of the fire.  We took turns with the dishes (last time I did them all…letting the kid go play at the park, aren’t I just so sweet), and we both did set up and tear down.  Best part, I didn’t have to fight with those darn fire pits once.  That’s right, not once, Matt was the fire builder 🙂

Anyway, away from the “division of duties” and on to the fun stuff.  I’d booked us a camp site at Chinecto North again, as both Mayfly and I loved that camp ground and the site were nice and private.  I really don’t like it when you’re pretty much sharing your camp site with all of your neighbours…not cool, just not cool.  This time our site was at the opposite end from last time, and a little smaller.  That said, the sites were even more private and a little quieter because we were far away from the playground.  Don’t get me wrong, being close was great with Mayfly, she could just go and play, but for two adults, we didn’t really need easy access to it.  There was no hiking this time, we just didn’t have the time, after all, we were only in New Brunswick for one full day, and that day was dedicated to Hopewell.

Matt had never been to Fundy Park, and more importantly he’d never been to Hopewell Rocks.  Since it was one of those things he really wanted to do, we decided it would be a great weekend trip and boy was it.  We headed off to Hopewell a little later this time, getting there around noon (which was JUST before high tide at 1230) and were hoping to go kayaking.  We didn’t think to reserve our spots, and so found that there were none available.  Next time!  Instead we wandered around, looking out at the stunning coastline and exploring.  We also got to watch the tide go out at the astonishing rate of one foot every ten minutes.  Yep, you read that right, 1 ft every 10 min.  C-R-A-Z-Y!!!  After that we got to walk on the ocean floor (though we didn’t go into the deep sticky mud) and check everything out.  During this time I managed to burn my shoulders, chest and arms (I forgot the sunscreen in the tent), scrap my ankle, twist my ankle and fall on my bottom.  I’m talented.  Matt, he didn’t injure any part of him self, and I don’t think he ended up with a burn, if he did, it was gone by morning.  Not fair.

I’m not gonna lie, it was a great day, but by the time we left I was tired.  Thankfully, since I was travelling with an adult this time, I didn’t have to drive 🙂  Being as both Matt and I are the kind of people who like to explore and check things out, we took the scenic route, and the scenic route off of the scenic route (a little complicated sounding yes).  Thanks to this we got to see views I’d missed last time.  We also found Cape Enrage, where I believe Matt would like to go next…not sure I’m into that trip, so it might have to be with some of his friends instead.  I’ll admit, it seems like a rather interesting place, beautiful views that’s for sure.  It’s more the ziplining and repelling things I’m a little unsure of.  After all, I’m rather timid about heights.

All in all, I have to say it was a great weekend, and I’d be willing to head out that way for a third time.  Maybe get some kayaking in this time! 

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Summer Reading

Why do people have Summer Reading lists, but not Spring, Fall or Winter reading lists?  I’ve always thought Winter is the idea time for such a thing as you’re more likely to want to stay in and curl up in a soft chair.  Then again, maybe most people prefer to sit around when it’s hot – I’ve come to realize that I’m rather unique in my LOVE of the heat.  That said, I recently spent several hours in my local Chapter Book Store and walked away with 6 books – I guess that means I have a Summer Reading list now! 

The first two are books I have previously read but loved and would gladly read over and over and over and over and over and….you get the idea.  Both are Science Fiction, which does happen to be one of my all time favorite genera’s (both in books and television). 

Pastwatch the Redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card

I first read Pastwatch back in High School when I first discovered Orson Scott Card.  Since then I have read a very large number of his books, and continue to be amazing by his writing.  Of all books I’ve ever read this is one of my favorites, possibly topped only by Enders Game (also by Orson Scott Card).  If you’re looking for a book that involves time travel, changing the past/future and alternate reality then this is the book for you.

Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer

The first time I read Calculating God I remember being completely surprised and thrilled to find that the opening scene takes place at one of my all time favorite places – the ROM and the former Planetarium.  One of my favorite aspects of this book is that it never gives final answers about the big questions, it gives you thoughts and idea’s instead.  I’m not going to lie, this book is right up there with Pastwatch and Enders Game.

Now we’re getting into the books I haven’t read before.  Two of them are SciFi, the other two are non-fiction.

A War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card

Yep, you all have already seen one book by this guy on my list.  As mentioned he’s one of my all time favorite authors, plus this book was only $2!  It is part of the Ender Series, which started with the previously mentioned Enders Game.  Just a short little side story, it will be good for a rainy evening or some other time where I know I won’t want to leave something partially unread.  I’m really looking forward to it 🙂

The Dreaming Void by Peter F. Hamilton

Okay, I’m not going to lie, before I stumbled across this book I had never even heard of this Author.  I’m not even sure what kind of lead up to it I should provide, so I’m not going to.  If you’re interested in finding out what I’ve chosen to add to my reading list, go look it up.  All I know is that it sounds fascinating and intense.

The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment by A.J. Jacobs

A few summers ago I read The Year of Living Biblically by the same author, and I laughed so hard at times that I cried.  The way this man writes is amazing, the way he lives, astounding!  In this case apparently he turned his life into multiple experiments.  Apparently at one point he outsources all aspects of his life to India, another time he spends a month practicing “Radical Honesty” and he even goes to the Academy Awards disguised as a movie star to see why fame has strange and warping effects.  I can’t wait to read this, I truly expect I will be in stitches with tears running down my face at varying times. 

Under a Green Sky by Peter D. Ward Ph.D

Okay, so all of my other books are fairly light reading, this one not quite so much.  As the tag line on this books says: Global Warming, the mass extinctions of the past and what they can tell us about our future.  Yep, I’m thinking this one won’t be quite so light.  That said, I tend to love this kind of book because it makes me think (which SciFi does aswell), but in this case it makes me think about things as they are.  My beloved SciFi makes me think, and sets my imagination on fire, but it tends to send me into imaginary futures that may or may not have a basis in our current world.  Books like this ground me.  I’m really hoping it will be a good read.  I think I’ll save this one for a sunny day on a beach.  That way even when it gets heavy, it won’t bring me down, after all, I’ll be on the beach with my toes in the sand!

Do you have a Summer Reading List?  If so, what books are on it?  If you don’t, why not?

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