Thursday, August 18, 2016

GTT Day 17

August 17 - Kouchibouguac National Park, NB.
Well, unfortunately the gas line fix didn't hold and it started leaking again in the middle of the night. We got up at our usual 0-dark-30 but we had to wait until nearly 8am before slinking back into Campbellton to get Daniel to check it again. Luckily they were able to squeeze us in and the mechanics ended up replacing the hose entirely. It was totally shot! We figured it was as old as the van and wasn't made to handle the ethanol that most modern gas contains. It should have been replaced when the gas tank was replaced but obviously wasn't. Growl. Now it's good. Crossed fingers!
We were happy that we didn't have as far to go to get to our next stop. Even after getting a few groceries and stopping in Miramichi for gas we still got into the delightfully named Kouchibouguac by lunchtime. The weather wasn't great though. It sprinkled on us all the way but happily lightened up after lunch. We dressed in our rain-resistant gear and headed out on the trails to Kelly's Beach.
Selfie in the Red Chairs! Can you tell it was windy? It was a warm wind though and I was having trouble holding the iPad steady.
We walked the boardwalk out to the sandbar:
1.2 kilometres out to the other side of the sandbar. I particularly love the outhouse built into the walkway! It's the only one near the beach. The wind kicked up some nice waves and we were happy to smell the sea again.
After a nice beach walk we went back to camp as the weather brightened up somewhat. I know if you're prepared for rain, it gets discouraged and stays away! Well, it works sometimes.
So we're here for a second day. I love this place! Bonus - we have (somewhat flakey and slow) wifi right here in camp. Stay tuned for more adventures!

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