Local Heart, Global Soul

November 7, 2009

Heading Northwards… Towards the border with Canada.

(photo © kiwidutch)We are in central Maine, we look at our location on the map and look wistfully at our proximity to Canada. My American friend has visited some of the major Canadian cities further west but amazingly, never been directly north to the intersection of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

We decide together we would like to put that right. What looks like a short hop to the border on the map is actually a car ride of close to four hours, so we load up the van with bags and kids and leave Camp relatively early in the morning.

The Kiwidutch family set out with my friend and her two daughters, northwards though the seemingly never-ending massive forests of northern Maine. It’s a wilderness on a scale that I am only beginning to comprehend…

We pass signs with strange number letter combinations on them,  apparently these denote gigantic tracts of land that don’t even earn themselves a town  name since they are  populated with so few people.

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At first we take small roads and in one case a dirt road though kilometers upon kilometers of forest, eventually linking up to bigger “B” roads as we get closer to the border… Come on,  come take a virtual trip with us…

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A  delightful house… ( ooooh I want a turret like that!!!)

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… a whimsical garden feature… (our friend wants one just like this!)

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… amazing views of trees…

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The occasional small town…

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… the name of this town will have  special meaning to a family member of mine…

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Did I mention trees ?…

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…and finally we come to the end of American Route 6. It finishes in a small town called Vanceboro, on the banks of the St.Croix River. This is a 24 hour border crossing into Canada. We approach the end of American territory.

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.. cross over the Saint Croix-Vanceboro Bridge…

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…and look back at America.

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..and look forwards to Canada.

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..and so our Canadian Adventure begins.

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