Mileage total: 1,572
While the drive from Halifax to Fredericton was long and sometimes stressful, when I woke to sunshine coming into the hotel room, I was very happy. I done good. Now I had a whole day to relax.
And what better way to relax than at a living history museum! Wheee!
I'm guessing I lost half of you just now. I totally understand.
King's Landing Historical Settlement is huge! They recommend four hours to see it all. I spent about five. But I'm also the jerk standing next to you snapping a million pictures in a place like this. That can slow a girl down. But I like that they have recreated a small village of British loyalists, black loyalists from the States, and Irish laborers. You get to see how each socioeconomic layer lived (white paint meant you were doing well; renting meant no voting rights [along with breasts and skin tone]). I tasted a fig cookie fresh out of a wood stove (why yes, it was warm in that kitchen) and got to scratch a giant pig behind the ear. I was in my history-geek heaven.
Gladys, roll the tape...
|This is just a portion of the settlement. Horse-drawn carriages come around like taxis |
to get you from place to place if need be.
|For people who have been in a car with me when I see sheep and I squeal, "Sheepies!"|
--I also do this when I'm alone.
|Just out taking my ox for a walk...|
|It was surprisingly soft and gentle. I want one!|
|This is my second time in the Saint John River Valley. It is absolutely beautiful.|
|This woman was taking pictures of horse poop. No lie.|
|Seriously--beach roses line the walkway to the door. Sigh...|
|Yes, just remove the insect from your plate and slip it on the underside.|
|Rug hooking in progress.|
|Visiting the smithy.|
|Yummy crisp apple salad.|
|Just a dude playing the dulcimer for your enjoyment.|
|Chillin', 19th century style.|
|Her piglets were in a barn behind me.|
|Sweet horse done working for the day.|
|Inside the black loyalist house, which was one room rented out to a family of four.|
Heading home is always full of mixed feelings. I look forward to the comfort of home, but I am still basking in my adventures. As I pulled off at a rest stop to nibble one of the cookies my boss baked for me with her daughter (shout out to the Cartons!), I enjoyed the sun and thought about how lucky I am. I have a lot of love around me and a lot of people who challenge me to be the best version of myself. The people I have spent time with this past week have all been incredibly kind and thoughtful and open. Some folks have expressed sympathy that I cut my trip a little short, but I'm completely happy. It's been an awesome week.