BFF's do exist: Saint John, NB

In Fundy, we decided that we would hike Matthew’s Head before hitting the road to Saint John. We chose this one because our Matthew wasn’t with us and wouldn’t it be fun to climb on his face? The kids thought hiking Dad’s head was hilarious. So after loading up the van, ready to go, we set off for trailhead.

 Ruins on Matthews Head Trail.

Ruins on Matthews Head Trail.

 Running Matthews Head Trail.

Running Matthews Head Trail.

 Climbing the roots on Matthews Head.

Climbing the roots on Matthews Head.

 The view of the Bay of Fundy from Matthews Head Trail.

The view of the Bay of Fundy from Matthews Head Trail.

We started on Matt’s chin, and worked our way up his face. We found another set of red ‘Share-the-Chairs,’ which the kids were thrilled about. We continued hiking and began a climb through the forest, surfacing to blue skies above before we started back down. Eventually we hit the coast again with yet another set of red chairs. The kids were thrilled about the chairs, but not so excited to climb back out of there.

 #Sharethechair on Matthews Head Trail in Fundy National Park.

#Sharethechair on Matthews Head Trail in Fundy National Park.

We picnicked on the edge of the water before the kids rallied to ‘climb back up Dad’s nose.’ We laughed at the different Daddy face parts that we were walking on. The kids were excited that he was going to join us soon so we could tell him all about the Matthew’s Head hike. Near the parking lot, we spent some time beach combing and building more inuksuks before hopping in the van.

 Inuksuks at the beach near Matthews Head Trail.

Inuksuks at the beach near Matthews Head Trail.

I was very excited about Saint John because that’s where a dear and very close friend of mine lives. My very own BFF.

And the visit didn’t disappoint.

If you have had the good fortune in your life, to have a person that has the ability to make periods of time dissolve when you actually get a moment to enjoy small bits of time together, then you probably know what I’m talking about. My person has been a strong supporter in all things I have done and provided words of support when others doubted me or even when I doubted myself. We both lead very busy lives on opposite ends of Canada, so our chances to see each other are something of a rarity but always very precious. Even with two years since our last visit, it was like no time had even lapsed. Like best friends, we picked up from where we left off.

 Ellie, Me (Van), Ben, Sophie, Kaiya, Jessica (my BFF), and sweet Willow.

Ellie, Me (Van), Ben, Sophie, Kaiya, Jessica (my BFF), and sweet Willow.

We had a wonderful time in Saint John. We were in good company and thrilled to have warm showers. It was a highlight for Ellie to meet up with Kaiya. Although she’d met her in previous years, she couldn’t quite remember her. Kaiya, a bright 8 year old with compassion beyond her years, has spearheaded a YouTube channel called Heart Fun. Her movement encourages inclusion and love. Ellie had taken to her episodes and was eager to meet her all over again. Needless to say there was lots of excitement!

We were welcomed with a delightful dinner that I didn't have to prepare and the gabbing began immediately. After a late night, we enjoyed a mellow morning before exploring the Irving Nature Park in Saint John. That afternoon, we drove to St. Martins to see some caves.

 Ben trying to beat the tide at the Irving Nature Park in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Ben trying to beat the tide at the Irving Nature Park in Saint John, New Brunswick.

 Kaiya teaching the kids how to feed birds from her hand at the Irving Nature Park.

Kaiya teaching the kids how to feed birds from her hand at the Irving Nature Park.

 Ben gets a bird nibbling his seeds.

Ben gets a bird nibbling his seeds.

 Pure excitement!

Pure excitement!

 Checking out the caves in St. Martins, NB: Sophie, Kaiya, Willow, Ellie, and Ben.

Checking out the caves in St. Martins, NB: Sophie, Kaiya, Willow, Ellie, and Ben.

 Ellie exploring.

Ellie exploring.

 Cave fun.

Cave fun.

Jessica and I were delighted to see the kids get along as well as they did. Greg spent some time teaching Ben and Ellie some beats on the drums while Kaiya organized a mini-yoga session and we enjoyed raising a glass to some more yummy eats.

But all good things must come to an end and though I was sad to say goodbye, it was time to turn our attention to the next leg of the trek: Prince Edward Island.

 Future BFF's: Willow and Ellie

Future BFF's: Willow and Ellie

Given the outcome of last week’s no vacancy, I was starting to worry about PEI.

Especially since we skipped Bobcaygeon on the premise that we would make PEI “no matter what!” So I started to search for places to park it on the Island. But no such luck! Ack! How was I going to explain this to Ben? I sent out texts to a few people who I knew spent time there. It was my last effort to secure something to get us to the Island. And the east coast hospitality that the locals are well known for came shining through when a friend of mine from Calgary, who was originally from Cape-Breton, had a cottage on the Island and offered it up to us. They weren’t due there until the following week.

Oh what luck!

 I felt extreme gratitude. I knew Ben would be thrilled.

And I couldn’t have been happier when we showed up to their cottage's red door!

 The cottage in PEI.

The cottage in PEI.

 

*Introductory Photo Credit of BFF's Van and Jessica: Greg Hemmings