My favourite book is The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. It’s the beautiful story of photographer, Robert Kincaid, on assignment for National Geographic taking photos of the covered bridges of Madison County, Iowa and farm wife, Francesca, who meet when he stops to ask for directions. I’ve read it several times. I also love the movie which stars Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. Unlike many movies, it’s quite true to the book.
So what does all this have to do with our cross-Canada trek? We spent the day before yesterday wandering the back roads of King’s County, New Brunswick in search of covered bridges! The day before, we had stopped in Hartland, NB to see the world’s longest covered bridge then on Monday, we visited nine more and I took over 100 photos! My patient husband kindly drove me around the countryside indulging my desire to see these remnants from the past. Most of the bridges that we visited are still in use today. There is some question as to why they were covered but common thinking seems to be that it was to protect the wooden structures from the elements. In early days, they were known as kissing bridges because a young man could stop his carriage briefly under the cover of the bridge and kiss his young miss without being seen!
In addition to enjoying the bridges, wandering the country roads gave us opportunity to enjoy the beautiful green hillsides and the many small farming operations along the way.
We crossed a bridge of a very different sort yesterday when we left New Brunswick and drove across the 13 km long Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island. Before leaving New Brunswick, however, we visited Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy. We arrived when the tide was at its lowest so were able to enjoy a long walk “on the ocean floor” enjoying the amazing flowerpot formations that are surrounded by water when the tide comes in. What a change 18 years has made! Then, there was a parking lot, a few picnic tables and a steep set of wooden stairs down to the ocean floor. Now, there’s a large park with several parking lots, restaurant, gift shop, interpretive centre, and various walking trails and staircases accessing the beach. Along with all of this, of course, there’s also a fairly hefty admission fee. It was definitely worth it, however, to walk amongst the giant rocks.