But before we’re immersed in brand new adventures, I want to complete writing about the last part of our 2019 journey, as we traveled from Nova Scotia to Florida. Browsing through photos, I feel as though I’ve pried the lid off of a time capsule.
A Time Of Blissful Freedom
Looking back, the autumn of 2019 now seems like a time of blissful freedom: Uncrowded campgrounds. Peaceful hiking trails. Exciting excursions to New York City, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Leisurely mask-free time in extraordinary museums. The camaraderie of sitting elbow-to-elbow with convivial strangers in fabulous little local restaurants.
Will life ever be quite the same? It’s too early to know. But I do know that I’m grateful for the experiences we’ve had. And we’ll continue adjusting to life as it unfolds. Ever onward, friends.
The Farthest Easternmost Point Of The U.S.
My last post from our 2019 journey left off in New Brunswick in the lovely little town of St. Andrews, after a near-perfect summer in the Maritimes. (Seriously, if you haven’t been to the Maritimes, and you can get yourself there, GO!)
Just 68 miles from St. Andrews is the rustic little village of Lubec, Maine. The third week in September, we entered back into the U.S. and began our leisurely journey down the East Coast.
West Quoddy Head Lighthouse
Lubec is well known for the iconic red-and-white striped lighthouse at West Quoddy Head, the easternmost point of land in the United States. Here, you can catch the very first rays of morning sun in the U.S. I assure you, we did not do that. But we did enjoy a beautiful day of visiting the lighthouse and hiking the trails at Quoddy Head State Park.
To experience as much as possible of the park, we combined several trails for a four-mile loop that took us along the rugged coast and through a beautiful bog.
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Visiting Roosevelt Campobello International Park
One of the main things we wanted to do while in Lubec was to visit Campobello Island, a small pine-covered island nestled in the Bay of Fundy. Once the summer retreat of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, it’s now an international park jointly owned by the U.S. and Canada.
Campobello Island is located in the Canadian province of New Brunswick, so just two days after returning to the U.S., we turned around and drove four miles back into Canada. Although we had to go through customs both ways, it was quick and painless.
The visitor center offers exhibits and short, interesting films about the Roosevelts.
The rambling thirty-four room Roosevelt “cottage” is preserved as it was in 1920. It’s old-fashioned, lovely, and comfortable, with wicker furniture, flowered wallpaper, kerosene lamps, and a wide veranda with a view of the bay. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with an engaging interpretive guide.
Tea With Eleanor
In addition to our excellent tour of the Roosevelt home, we also had tea with Eleanor. Well, of course we didn’t really have tea with Eleanor. But did enjoy a leisurely hour-and-a-half listening to fascinating stories about one of America’s most beloved First Ladies while sipping Eleanor’s favorite tea blend (it was delicious!) and nibbling on fresh baked ginger cookies (also delicious).
Eleanor Roosevelt loved the tradition of afternoon tea, and she loved conversation. She was well known for her egalitarian views, and was far more interested in people’s ideas than in their social standing. Every day, she invited whomever she happened to meet on the island to join her for tea.
Eleanor Roosevelt accomplished remarkable things during her life. She redefined the role of First Lady of the United States, which was originally merely ceremonial. She advocated for women’s rights and racial equality. During FDR’s presidency, she held press conferences and wrote a daily column. After his death, she was appointed the first Chairperson of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, where she successfully lobbied for the passage of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
Eleanor’s Question: “What Can Be Done?”
Most of all, Eleanor Roosevelt maintained that everything that is happening in our world is also happening in our own backyards. She always asked, “What can be done?” and believed that our work is to focus on how we can make a difference in our communities.
We heard many inspiring stories during our Tea with Eleanor, and also had some good laughs. Eleanor’s license to carry a pistol was passed around. The backstory was that she traveled great distances every year in service of her many projects, both during and after FDR’s presidency. She insisted on driving her own car, much to the dismay of the Secret Service. Their compromise: A pistol. According to those who knew her well, she agreed—but only carried the permit, not the pistol.
About The Campground
Sunset Point RV Park was a lovely place to stay for a few days in Lubec. The setting is beautiful, sites are water and electric only but the rates are reasonable, and there’s a dump station, laundry and free wifi.