Monday, August 29, 2011

Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada

We had great weather for our trip out to Campobello Island with Carolyn and Wally.

[Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, spent his summer vacations on Campobello Island over a period of 56 years. His rugged and beautiful "beloved island" is located in Passamaquoddy Bay, which forms the border between the State of Maine and the Canadian province of New Brunswick. He came first with his father and mother, then with his wife and children. Here he fell ill with polio that left him partially paralyzed at the age of 39. Today Roosevelt Campobello International Park honors his memory and symbolizes the friendship between the United States and Canada. The 2,800 park includes the 34-room “cottage” where Roosevelt and his family lived and four other cottages dating from approximately the same period.]

President Johnson and Prime Minister Lester Pearson created the Roosevelt Campobello International Park in 1964.

After viewing a short introductory film in the visitor center, we walked along a flowering path to FDR’s summer home.

Guides stationed throughout the home offer interpretation and answer questions about the house, its historic furnishings, and the family.

FDR's Summer Cottage

After touring the FDR cottage we walked to the Hubbard Cottage. Both cottages have amazing views of the Bay of Fundy.

The Hubbards were neighbors.

Awesome views from inside and outside the house.

After visiting the cottages we had lunch then drove to East Quoddy Lighthouse. We saw a few whales, seals, and saw 2 life birds (Greater Shearwater and Northern Gannet).

East Quoddy Lighthouse

Black Guillemot-Juvenile, Herring Gull

Harbor Seal, Northern Minke Whale

Northern Gannet:

After a wonderful day in New Brunswick, we headed back to the US to Carolyn and Wally’s RV where we visited for a while and said goodbye. We probably won’t see them again until this Fall when we all end up in South Texas again.

More to come: The next day Mark and I took a whale watching boat trip and a tour through a chocolate factory. Stay tuned!

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