Road Trip Essentials

Road Trip Lifesavers

Our family recently took a road trip from Rhode Island, USA to Maine, USA and to New Brunswick, Canada in our 2018 Airstream Classic 30′ Travel Trailer. Our tow vehicle (Ford F-150).

This was our very first long road trip (over two weeks), with our 2 year old toddler and 3 year old dog. It took a lot of patience, planning, and negotiation.

In the end it was very rewarding and extremely educational for our family. We learned a lot about our Airstream, our family, our limits, and how we truly appreciate some of the things we had with us during our journey.

THE LIST

Let me start off by saying that this list is not EVERYTHING we packed. It’s just most, if not all, of the items we found to be extremely useful along our road trip.

This is not a go-to packing list but a resource for inspiration if you’re planning on taking a long drive with your toddler, or with your dog.

For Kai

Our Fire HD8 tablet for Kai helped a lot; and we especially love the case we purchased for it. This was our third case, and it’s by far my favorite! We even have it in bright blue, so it really stands out! It was such a breeze to put onto the Fire Tablet too.

Kai especially loves the puzzle games and just watching movies/tv shows. We do only resort to the tablet when we are driving long distances, or when we go out to eat. We used it when we went out to lunch in Freeport.

Other clutch item for our travels? The OXO 2-in-1 travel potty🙂 You can stand it up so he can sit independently sit on it or use it on a regular toilet seat so toddler doesn’t feel like he’s falling in.

It was perfect for Kai, since he prefers to take his time to poop. We mostly use it as the stand-up option. And, the OXO bags are great because they have an absorption pad so it helps with excessive pee. I have also used a regular plastic shopping bag (make sure there are no holes in it). I add some paper towels for absorption. We also find the splash guard on this potty to be such a nice feature (since he is a boy, and he still pees sitting down). He hasn’t really gotten the whole aiming thing down yet 😉

While the above sippy cups by Munchkin have mixed reviews, we have been using them for Kai since he started drinking cows milk at 12 months old.



At first, I did find it hard to clean, but one I got the hang of it, it was a breeze. I love my OXO On the Go bottle cleaning set. I just use them along with these Dr. Brown pipe cleaners to clean the straws out.

For travel, I ended up purchasing a few of these Dapple dish detergent bottles. They’re awesome!

Kai was an early walker. At 10 months old he took his first step, and by 11 months he was close to running! Before he was mobile, we used the Baby Bjorn carrier (black). Prior to this trip, we simply used the stroller for long walks. But, we had planned to do some long hikes, so we decided to invest in some sort of carrier. Initially we were torn on getting a hiking carrier, but it was going to be over $200 and we were just concerned we weren’t going to get too much use out of it. I ended up finding this teal BabySteps carrier (weight max capacity 44lbs) on Amazon.com that we purchased. It worked perfectly for us and it was a fraction of the cost of a hiking carrier.

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For Us

These collapsible food storage containers were perfect for us. We purchased these when we bought our first RV, and they have been so amazing.

Also, this collapsible mixing bowl is very convenient when you have a large salad to serve , popcorn for a movie, or brownies to bake and need a large bowl. This one is a little pricey, but it’s a lot sturdier than the food storage containers.

I also swear by this collapsible sink colander. It’s such a space-saver in the RV:) and I love the fact that it has the expandable legs. It fits in our 2018 Airstream Classic 30′ sink perfectly! We also used it in our sink in the 2018 Springdale Mini 1750RD by Keystone, and it fit nicely (without us having to use the legs).

Water shoes were so helpful when we went to Fundy National Park and we were exploring the rocky ocean floor during low tide. Those rocks are very hard and wearing protective footwear was important for me. I bought myself these sock-like water shoes and purchased my husband a pair of Speedos.

For Our Dog

Collapsible dog food and water bowls came in very handy while on the road. When we stopped so that Kai could use the potty, we also took Stanley out to pee. When Kai stretched his legs and ran around, so did Stanley. Then he got thirsty. So, we pulled out our bowl for him and always gave him our drinking water. We just didn’t trust the water at the rest stops or at the campgrounds (for drinking, at least).

No, we didn’t need these “EXTRA LARGE” ones for our 20 lb Cairn Terrier, but you get the idea 🙂

Another important item to have on hand when camping at sites is a sturdy and reliable tie out. We used this every time we had to set up our site and when we were outside eating, so Stanley could hang out with us.

Thanks for reading all this post, everyone. Happy travels, happy camping, and live riveted!

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If you’re interested in reading about the details of our trip, click here.

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Our Maiden Voyage: Maine & Canada

Travel Time Frame: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 – Friday, July 27, 2018
Our Route via Roadtrippers.com

In July, our family took a road trip to visit Maine and Canada with our 2-year old toddler, Kai, and our 3-year old Cairn terrier, Stanley. We traveled in our 2018 30′ Airstream Classic. Our tow vehicle is a Ford F-150. This was the longest trip we have been on with our growing family.

Reminiscing

The last really long road trip we took was back in 2014, when my husband and I left our full-time jobs and traveled for six months before our wedding. We rounded off our 50th state when we experienced Kauai, Hawaii for our honeymoon.

Read about our road trip across all fifty states with our Honda Ridgeline and Mini Cooper!

The 50 States: A Road Trip of a Lifetime

Maine + Canada

Below you will find links to our blog posts as well as pictures! We hope you enjoy reading about our journey.

Day 1: A Rookie’s Ride – travel from rhode island to scarborough, Maine

Free Parking Monopoly Game Board with Airstream Figurine

Days 2 – 4: halloween in july – Medway, MainE, USA

Happy Halloween Candy Bucket

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Days 4 – 8: Woodstock, New brunswick, Canada

Mom and son at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Campground in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada

Day 7: HIKING THE Maliseet Trail, Meductic, New BrunswickFamily hike to Maliseet Trail, New Brunswick, Canada
DAY 8: GETTING TO FUNDY 

Fundy National Park road sign

Days 8 – 14: Headquarters Campground, Fundy National Park, New Brunswick, Canada

Alma, New Brunswick, Canada

DAY 9: HERRING COVE BEACH EXPLORATIONHerring Cove Beach exploration during low tide at Fundy National Park in New Brunswick, Canada

DAY 10: DICKSON FALLS TRAIL

Toddler and Dad at Dickson Falls Trail, Fundy National Park, New Brunswick, Canada

DAY 11 – DAY TRIP TO HOPEWELL ROCKS Mom and son, Hopewell Rocks, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada
DAY 11 – DINNER IN ALMA

DAY 12: WATERSIDE BEACH

Toddler playing at Waterside Beach in New Brunswick, Canada

DAY 13: LAST DAY AT FUNDY NATIONAL PARK Family picture behind saltwater pool at Fundy National Park

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Days 14 – 16: Freeport, Maine, USA

Thank you for reading! Until next time.

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Freeport, Maine

2018 ROAD TRIP TO MAINE & CANADA
Days 14 – 16: Tuesday, 7/24 – Thursday, 7/26

Freeport, Maine

We got an early start on the morning of July 24th and headed back towards the U.S. border.

On the way back, we made a pit stop at the Walmart in Sussex, NB to use the bathroom. And, we picked up a few toys for Kai for the ride back.

This border crossing was in a different location than when we had entered Canada. It was a more direct route back to our home.125X125_1_Graphic Banner/Text_24hrs>ForbesbuttonUnfortunately, this particular border crossing to come back into the States took forever! It seemed like we were waiting about half an hour. And, there were only five cars ahead of us. They were a lot more thorough with their search.

When it was our turn, one agent asked us to open the trailer to see if we snuck anyone inside (across the border). Then when Michael went to go and open the door, the guy asked me several questions (typical questions).

When the other agent opened our wardrobe closet, our Dyson vacuum fell on her :/ but everything was fine after that haha.

Initially, we planned to stay overnight at the Walmart that was right over the border. We did end up stopping there, but just for a bathroom break. We also played a little badminton in a field with Kai so he could run around a little…before we headed back on the road to another Walmart that was about 1.5 hours away.

Boondocking Tales: What a horrible night’s sleep

The first time we boondocked, it was perfect! We were at the Cabela’s in Scarborough, ME. It was a quiet and large parking lot. And we had gotten there around 9:30pm, so the store had closed and it was just a nice area for us to spend the night in our camper.

This time, we chose to stay at a Walmart, with an Applebee’s nearby. This particular one was located in Brewer, ME. It was near Bangor. Boy, was it busy there!

There were so many cars coming in and out of that Walmart. It was crazy!

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We thought it would slow down at night, but since this particular Walmart stays open until 12am every day, it was super busy!  And, they open at 6am too.

One thing that made me so nervous, was that in the middle of the night, Stanley kept barking. I knew there was something going on, so I peaked outside the trailer, and there were two police cars outside one of the Class A’s. I was obviously being very nosy, but I was concerned they were going to kick us out of there in the middle of the night. It was around 2:30am.

They knocked on the door of the Class A, said a few things, and then they were on their way.

From then on, I could not sleep until about 6am. There were cars constantly going in and out of the parking lot. And, I even spotted a few people using the parking lot as a “Park and Ride”.

Phew! While Stanley and I were up most of the night, Michael and Kai, well Kai especially, slept so peacefully. No worry in the world. Just happy and content to be with us all:)

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Coffee, please

The next morning, I woke up around 7am. Yes, so I only got a few hours of sleep in that evening. I decided to walk across the street to grab a coffee from Dunkin Donuts.

Yes, I was THAT desperate. Many of you know that I rarely, and I mean rarely, voluntarily go to Dunkin. I got a toasted croissant with my iced hazelnut coffee. It was edible, but not fresh. I was just so tired that I needed something other than a pop tart and the coffee that I had been drinking.

I got the boys donuts and then we were on our way to Cedar Haven Family Campground in Freeport, ME. It just so happened that rain was in the forecast the last few days of our vacation. It definitely helped that we had a nice home away from home!

Our Campground in Freeport, ME

We set up shop. Then, we decided to take a little walk to explore the campground. We decided to start at the office and work our way around.

Our stay was during the weekday, so when we asked about the pizza they serve, the younger girl said they make it in house! I was looking forward to trying it. There are signs everywhere advertising their pizza.

Unfortunately, the lady at the front desk did not seem too accommodating because she said they usually only served it on Thursdays and Fridays when they have more help. Honestly, I can understand that, but there were two staff members who were standing in the office doing nothing. They were all gathered and chatting away. It was just sad they didn’t really go out of the way for us.

Home-Cooked Dinner & Dessert

Therefore, Michael cooked that night, because I get hangry. After I was fully functional with sustenance, Kai helped me make brownies! So, we got to test out our oven. It worked great! It took me a little while to figure out how to get it to light and stay lit, but it worked like a charm.

We attempted to check out Maine’s Wildlife Park, but we got there at 4:36pm. They close their doors at 4:30pm but stay open until 6pm.buttonInstead, we went to a cool playground at an elementary school along the way. Yes, since it was summer and school vacation, we figured this was a sure bet. Kai loved playing with everything here.

This was where it happened – Michael’s first ever BEE STING! Thank God we discovered he was not allergic to them.

I might have actually captured the moment in the second picture too!

Chinese Food in Freeport, ME

That evening we ended up getting my fix of Chinese food at Li’s Place in Freeport, ME. The whole trip, we did not have any Chinese. I did make some Chinese food myself, but that just wasn’t the same:) It definitely hit the spot. That little restaurant was good for Chinese food in Maine.

Moosey Moose…

Take Two: they were open this time!

Throughout our time in Maine over the past few years, we had never ever spotted a moose. Moose is featured in souvenir shops and all the signs on the roads in Maine. I was telling Michael I really wanted to see a moose.

Thankfully, the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, ME was about 35 minutes away from where were staying. We got there in the morning after I made pancakes for breakfast. They are cash only. And, I got some quarters as change from the booth so we could buy some food to feed some animals.

That day was super humid and when the sun was out, it was pretty hot too! We saw so many animals. And, we even had a chance to see a baby moose! It was abandoned in the woods, so they took her in.

We all had a fun time exploring and seeing all the wildlife that day.

Campground Play Time

In the afternoon, we decided to check out the campground a little and explore! Kai wanted to go to the playground so we did. The campground has a large play area with a basketball court and a sit-on tractor for kids to play pretend. They also have a myriad of scooters, trikes, and ride-on equipment for everyone to play with. Kai enjoyed running around and playing with two other kids that afternoon.

LL Bean in Freeport, Maine

No visit to Freeport was complete without a trip to the LL Bean flagship store. This was our (Michael and me) second visit to this location. Our first visit was back in 2014 – to purchase a large tent for our road trip across all fifty states.

That morning we told Kai we were taking him to LL Bean, and he got super excited. Why? He says, “I want to get jellybeans!” This little character.

I picked up a pair of lightweight hiking pants in petite:) We were famished after going through the store, so we ate at the restaurant across the street called Maine Kitchen & Topside Tavern (owned by Linda Bean – LL Bean’s granddaughter).

The food was okay. I enjoyed the Kelpslaw and the lemon meringue pie was so big!!!

Afterwards, we visited The Mangy Moose to check out some souvenirs. That afternoon, we decided to pack up and head back home. It was raining that day, and it worked out perfectly that Kai napped on the way back to our campsite.

We were able to pack up our Airstream while Kai napped in the truck.

Even though we didn’t get home until after dinner, it was a nice relief to be home a day earlier because we had a lot of laundry, cleaning and organizing to do!

Thoughts

Sixteen full days out on the road. Fifteen nights. 1,186 miles covered. Two countries. With a toddler, a dog, a Ford F-150, and an Airstream.

It was just the right amount of time. We realized we could only do one hour of driving at a time with Kai in the car. There were definitely certain products we could not live without during our time camping. Read about our road trip lifesavers!

Last Day at FUNdy

2018 ROAD TRIP TO MAINE & CANADA
Day 12: Sunday, 7/22

Fundy National Park, New Brunswick, Canada

Downtime was in order.

Our last full day camping at Fundy National Park was spent packing up our stuff. Kai had fun playing inside our Airstream with all of his toys. We even bought him a toy box and filled it with some toys he got from his 2nd birthday party.


Relax + Pool Time

That afternoon, we went to the saltwater swimming pool at Fundy National Park one last time. Kai had fun while we got to have some family fun.

These are photos of the view from the parking lot of the saltwater swimming pool at Fundy National Park.

Seafood Dinner

That evening we ordered some fried seafood from Fundy Take-out. We were pleasantly surprised that it included a steamed piece of lobster tail! Their fried clams were so delicious! I especially loved the cocktail sauce they served with the platter. Read, my post about my search for the sauce, to find out what brand of sauce they use.

The Gift Shop

I really wanted to check out the gift shop there. It was right inside the Fundy Visitors Center, near Headquarters Campground. We also noticed there was another one further down towards the Sussex direction on our way out.

It was quite small, but I ended up finding a really cute moose t-shirt for Kai! For some reason, I think the toddler sizes in Canada might be smaller than the sizes in the U.S. Kai is usually a 3T in the U.S., but the t-shirt I picked up was a 4T. It fits him perfectly.

We had a great time at Fundy National Park!

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Interested in reading more? Here is our post about the Headquarters Campground at Fundy National Park; Herring Cove Beach Exploration; Dickson Falls Trail; and our Day Trip to Hopewell Rocks! beach

Waterside Beach

2018 ROAD TRIP TO MAINE & CANADA
Day 11 Afternoon: Saturday, July 21st

RI is currently experiencing a heat wave. Perfect day to hit up the beach:) How appropriate is this post!

Waterside Beach, New Brunswick, Canada

We decided to go to Waterside Beach after our hike at Dickson Falls Trail.

How did we find out about this beach? Well, we noticed some cars parked on the side of the road on our way back from our day trip to Hopewell Rocks. It seems like this was one of the beaches that locals like to go to.

One of the things that attracted me to this particular beach was the soft sand.

The beaches we had been to in the area were all very rocky. This beach was very muddy, but perfect for Kai to dig in and find different creatures!

And it wasn’t crowded when we went. It also might have been due to the fact that it was cloudy when we went in the afternoon.

Waterside Beach was a wonderful place for our two-year old son to play! We had an amazing time there and were happy to have brought our chairs instead of sitting on a blanket.

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Interested in reading more?  Here are our posts about our stay at Headquarters Campground at Fundy National Park; our day trip to Hopewell Rocks; and our ocean floor exploration at Herring Cove Beach.

Dickson Falls Trail

2018 ROAD TRIP TO MAINE & CANADA
Day 11 Morning: Saturday, July 21st

Dickson Falls Trail, Fundy National Park, Canada

In the morning we ate a hearty breakfast and drove our truck to the parking area of the Dickson Fall Trail, a moderate one. The parking lot was already full! I guess it’s a pretty popular trail.

It was a whole family affair: hubby, me, our two-year old son, Kai and our 3-year old Cairn terrier, Stanley, got there around 10:30am. Leashed dogs are allowed on the trail, which we appreciated.

The Dickson Falls trail is definitely worth checking out! So beautiful.

We didn’t have to put in a lot of effort to see such natural beauty!

We all had a wonderful time, and I was happy to have brought my Tamron zoom lens! The image stabilization is amazing.

I enjoyed snapping away while hiking. Kai had a blast picking up sticks and rocks and giving them all to us:) Stanley loves hiking in general and always does so well too!

Would we recommend the Dickson Falls Trail? Yes, most definitely!

Dinner in Alma and Communal Campfire

Interested in reading more?  Here are our posts about our road trip across all fifty U.S. States; our thoughts on camping at Headquarters Campground at Fundy National Park; our day trip to Hopewell Rocks and story time at Fundy National Park.

Dinner in Alma and Communal Campfire

2018 ROAD TRIP TO MAINE & CANADA
Day 9: Thursday, July 19th

Our family went on an unforgettable journey with our Airstream from our home state of Rhode Island to New Brunswick, Canada. This post is a small portion of our family vacation, and it is about our dinner out in Alma, New Brunswick and our campfire at our campground.

Dinner in Alma + Camp Fire

After our eventful day at Herring Cove Beach, we decided to do dinner in town (Alma, NB)! We went to Tipsy Tails = best seafood stew! It was pricey, but mostly tasty.  We enjoyed the corn, the stew, and the lobster mac and cheese. The lobster poutine, however, was very bland and not worth it.

Communal Fire Pit

Even though Headquarters Campground at Fundy National Park does not have individual fire pits at each camp site, they do have communal ones.

This was Kai’s very first campfire! Unfortunately, I did not snap any photos that evening to capture the moment.

After dinner in alma, we joined an older couple who had started a campfire. They were on a 3-week road trip to a wedding in Price Edward Island. They had purchased an older camper, and were really enjoying themselves. The husband brought his ukulele and was playing and singing around the campfire.

I love meeting, chatting with people, and hearing stories when traveling!

We brought marshmallows to share, along with our retractable campfire sticks. The telescoping sticks have definitely come in handy, but I do have to warn that the ends are very sharp. When we first purchased our camper at CampingWorld, our salesperson included those in our “gift bag”.

Wal-Mart.com USA, LLC It was nice to chat with some people around a campfire and listen to some good music. Very intimate and kumbaya.

After about 20 minutes, Kai saw some kids riding bikes and chased them down. So much for our time around the fire 🙂

What a wonderful end to a great day! It’s safe to say we all slept like babies that night.

Italy. Greece. Montenegro.

Interested in reading more about our first RV experience?  Here are our posts for our stay at Jellystone Campground in Woodstock, NB;  our thoughts on camping at Headquarters Campground at Fundy National Park; and our road trip across all fifty U.S. states!Wal-Mart.com USA, LLC

Day Trip: Hopewell Rocks

2018 ROAD TRIP TO MAINE & CANADA
Day 10: Friday, July 20th

Hopewell Rocks, Hopewell Cape, NB, Canada

Hopewell Rocks was a must-see! We took a day trip there while our family went on a road trip to visit Fundy National Park. We even got to bring our dog, our Cairn Terrier named Stanley!

It was about a 45 minute drive from Fundy National Park. And, it was $12/person for entrance. It did allow for a two-day consecutive visit. But, we only went for one day. When we got tickets, the ticket attendants did make us sign a waiver for our dog. We had to keep him on leash, etc. This was for liability issues.

All of us hiked down to the water when it was low tide. They have schedule for when visitors are allowed to visit listed on their website. If you click the PDF file for the month you plan to visit, you can see a chart. Whatever is highlighted in yellow is the time frame they allow Ocean Floor access. It’s pretty much 3.5 hours before and 3.5 after low tide.

We picked a great week to visit the Bay of Fundy because low tide was right in the middle of the day, so we were able to see the exposed ocean floor and explore a little.

The hike down to the Flower Pots was downhill. There were some stairs and ramps too! Kai walked the whole way down.

At the bottom, where the ocean floor was exposed, there was as ranger who was there balancing rocks. Some kids joined in on the fun and tried to make some neat creations. It was fairly rocky and there were sections towards the water that was extremely muddy and dirty.

Of course, Kai loves to play in the mud.  His legs were covered by the time we left. We were very prepared and brought his water shoes and swim shorts. He wore those down to the ocean floor are. And, then on the way back, there was a water station. It was pretty much a little spray section to allow visitors to clean mud off before hiking back up to the parking lot.

Lunch Time

We opted not to buy lunch at the cafe there.

Instead, we brought packed lunches and left them in our Yeti Cooler in the truck. Michael was absolutely obsessed with wanting to get this one below for our road trip. But, we found the zipper to be very tight to pull, especially around the corners. It was very tough for me when I tried it in stores at Bass Pro Shops.

So, we ended up getting this Yeti Cooler for our road trip instead. We appreciate the shoulder strap, and we like the fact that we only need to pull the zipper across the cooler and not around the corners.

Anyways, we store Kai’s milk in it and our sandwiches, fruits, and other snacks that need to remain cool/cold. And, we use our reusuable Yeti Ice pack in there too!

On our way back to Fundy National Park, we ate our packed lunches. And Kai took a long nap.

Pool Time

That afternoon, after Kai’s nap, we decided to cool down at the park’s saltwater swimming pool! It’s free with a park pass! Kai had so much fun.

One thing we didn’t realize was in Canada, at least the areas we went to, they don’t allow regular arm floaties in the pool. They only allow puddle jumpers (the ones when the attached chest piece). A lifeguard told me after I took the pictures.

 

It was nice to cool off in the saltwater pool at the national park. Kai had such a wonderful time playing in the water! We loved the shallow end where there were some water squirters. The pool also carried infant and children life vests to borrow along with some pool noodles:)

The 50 States: A Road Trip of a Lifetime

Interested in reading more about our travels? Here are our posts for our road trip across all fifty U.S. states; our stay at Jellystone Campground in Woodstock, New Brunswick; and our stay at Headquarters Campground at Fundy National Park.

Herring Cove Beach at Fundy

2018 ROAD TRIP TO MAINE & CANADA
Day 9: Thursday, 7/19

Herring Cove Beach Exploration at Fundy National Park

The first full day we were at Fundy National Park, we joined in on another ranger-led program at Herring Cove Beach.  The program began at 10:30am. We got there just after 11am and spotted the group down at the beach.

They were all looking for creatures and wildlife under rocks and shells. Thank goodness we brought Kai’s bathing suit bottoms and water shoes.

After the hike down wooden stairs, we came to a very muddy and rocky area. It was low tide, so we were standing on the ocean floor.

Herring Cove Beach was pretty magnificent!

Exploring the ocean floor was very fun. You do have to be aware and watch your step because the rocks are pretty sharp.

The rangers did a wonderful job. They asked everyone to find creatures. Afterwards, they collected all the specimens and explained what it was everyone found:)

It was a fun morning of exploration at Herring Cove Beach with the Fundy National Park rangers.

Our second day at Fundy National Park was very eventful! It was nice to participate in another ranger-led program. The story time our first evening there was aimed at kids, and this particular program was appropriate and appealed to people of all ages!

Alma Town Exploration

After our Herring Cove Beach exploration, we decided to eat lunch back at our campsite. Then, it was almost nap time for our two-year old son, Kai.

We decided to head into town (Alma) and walk around a little. We bought some groceries at the little market at the gas station, called the Fundy General Store. They carried produce and bottled water = essentials.

When Kai napped, we did some light souvenir shopping. I was in search for a mug for the camper. There were plenty of mugs but none I liked. Unfortunately, no luck!

London, England

Interested in reading more?  Here are our posts about our road trip across all fifty U.S. Statesour thoughts on camping at Headquarters Campground at Fundy National Parkour thoughts on camping at Headquarters Campground at Fundy National Park; and story time at Fundy National Park.

The Road. The Drive. The Accident.

2018 ROAD TRIP TO MAINE & CANADA
Day 8: Wednesday, 7/18

Fundy National Park, New Brunswick, Canada

I was a bit nervous the night before heading to Fundy National Park. In the back of my mind, I was worried there just wouldn’t be enough to do to keep Kai occupied. This, of course, was also due to the fact we were just at Yogi Bear’s campground:)

The Road. The Drive. The Accident.

There’s really nothing but farm on the way to Fundy National Park. We hit Sussex, NB and there was a Walmart we were able to pull into. We made it there just five minutes too late. Kai really needed to pee and told us. Unfortunately, we were unable to pull over with the the truck and the Airstream. There just wasn’t enough room on the side of the road, and we didn’t want to pull into someone’s driveway.

Throughout his whole trip he was been so good! No accidents. Until now.  I felt so bad he had to sit in his own pee until we parked.

Check-In

Upon arrival, we checked into the Headquarters campground, where we booked a total of five nights. We got to our pull through site and set up while Kai was still napping.

Observation: lots of mosquitos! There were so many, and we got bit a lot. Thank goodness we all brought bug spray with us.

We were almost finished setting up when Kai woke up.

That evening we decided to stay in and cook dinner.

Story Time at the Amphitheater

There was story time at the amphitheater at 7pm. It was awfully foggy that evening, and it took us little while to find the location. We thought we were going to be late, but the Fundy ranger started the stories about 10 minutes after 7pm.

There were many small kids with blankets and stuffed animals.

Kai was overtired.

Randomly, he asked us to take his shoes and socks off. Then, as he was playing above a sewer-type thing, he started peeing! Yes, in front of everyone. All the adults definitely got a kick out of our little character. One adult said, “I guess that’s why he asked for us to remove his shoes. He knew something was coming.”

Oh, this kid.

We didn’t yell at him. When we got back to our camper, we simply reminded him to let us know before he needs to pee.

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Interested in reading more? Here are our posts on our first day of travel: summer road trip 2018, and our experience at Headquarters Campground at Fundy National Park!