Sam's incredible adventure
Sam, a 12-year-old from Hawkesbury, Ontario, recently sent us this travelogue about a drive along the 105 with his older sister and grandparents.
Last summer July I think I drove down east with my mean sister who im NOT gonna talk about and my grandma and grandpa and their old so they don’t have to work anymore.
We were on our way to the coast but once we got to this place called Grand Falls I was pretty board. About 2 hrs of just trees not a lot to do except we saw a moose before we got there.
Gramps said lets get off this highway and go see the falls they must be special. It was a hot day and the idea of getting sprayed seemed cool too haha.
So we get to this big visitor centre where gram said the washrooms were super clean. But the first thing I notice people already on a zip line crossing the river up in the air but not for me too scary. My sister went tho and said it was awesome and she felt safe enough.
There’s another place just out of town where you can zip too and more kewl things to do someone told us. Sis and I both wanted to go see it.
Just happened to be a little way down this old road 105. We even rented a cabin by a waterfall there.
Gramps said he had a great sleep the next morning and then he even tried deepelling and that looked like fun too not bad for an old man either. Rick Mercer from tv tried a line and lived. I seen it on youtube.
Now we’re back on the old highway 105 and the next place we get to is called Tobeek [Tobique Narrows, ed.] and its a real 1st nation reserve for Maliseet people. One guy we meet says too bad you missed the pow wow last month. Lots of trees on that part but lots nicer then yesterday specially when we found a beach on the river and went swimming. Then we drove again for a while and got to a two-word town I cannot remember [surely Perth-Andover, ed.] where we all ate outside at a restaurant on their deck with the big wide river right in front of us. No bugs.
Then we got on the road again. I played some games on my phone but got “some” bored like they say down there so we all started telling stories. Gram says she loves how people speak down here and her fav expression is “Come here where I’m at, or I’ll go where your to”. LOL. Then she found something online called collokillisms [actually, Carleton County Colloquialisms, and it's a good thing that Gram was reading so she could skip some of the saucier material, ed.] and we laughed a lot cause you can even lsten to someone talking these funny sayings.
Next big town was called Bristol which is the same as Florenceville I guess. Stopped and looked at the old train cars never been on one ever very cool. Gram wanted to visit the art galerie there so she did and gramps took us to the swimming pool right next door almost. We noticed it bc it was outdoors and gramps was happy bc it only cost a toonie each. They got a playground for kids and a snack bar too. Then we went to a potato museum. No kidding. Someone there said they used to use potatoes to make art somehow. Who new that? [McCain Gallery does, ed.]
Back to the 105 which I’m starting to really like and we get to a farm where the goats do tricks and they have a big maze in the cornfield. Bread and pie and fruit for sale in their store ice cream too and yellow corn of course. I went and fed the goats twice more.
Then we got back in the car and gramps says Heart-land is our next stop but before long we see another snack bar and im hungry again. So we pull in and they say they have more than 100 diferent kinds of poutine. I counted. So guess we all had one but only bc we ARE in the french fry capital of the world says gramps which is my dream come true.
Its getting a bit late when we get to Heartland and we stay at a motel with a big view of the river and TWO bridges. Gram says she never wants to leave. But we do next morning and go to see the big long wooden bridge. When we stop at the tourist place there we meet a guy who says that when we drive across we should all make a wish and hold our breathe and if we don’t breathe til the other side the wish comes true. I did that but its almost like riding a roller-coaster so that wasn't to hard.
Gramp could smell a bakery in the middle of a hurricane and sure enough on the other side he finds this ultra bake a name I like and their donuts are de-li-ci-ous. We bought 6 and except for my sweet sister we ate them all 2 each. Then we went down the road and good thing we weren’t to hungry anymore cause there’s a potato chip factory there too and we took a tour then we bought a big GIANT big bag of chips no salt please says gramps to take with us but we need to save them for the beach.
So across that long old wood bridge again to the 105 and we pass through some little towns then get to a place called Grafton and both gram and gramps want to stop at an art gallery. Again. This was cool though cause they had these really big flying pigs and foxes and other animals right on the front lawn and 10 times bigger than real life. Inside Kerry the owner was there and talked to us while he carved a big door. Really. I took pictures and sent them to my mum.
Then we cross another bridge not covered over the river and gramp says Wouldstock is the last place we need to visit and its not even on the 105 he says. We get downtown and hafta walk around and look at a bunch of old houses that gram says are amazing arcitecktur and one of them a big white mansion gramp says is “almost gone with the wind”. I don’t know but finally we find a nice motel up by the big highway. Hey its close to a water park so guess where we head before supper? A kid there says have you been to the fair yet? What fair? Its old home week he says and that where we went next. They had rides and horse races.
I was really tired that night. Next day gramps says he changed his mind about leaving the 105 cause he wants to go see a place where they make craft beer in a town called Nackawic (i had to look that up). They got a big ax right in town stuck in the ground it looks like and it must be taller than my house. We decide we better take a walk along the trail by the river that was right there to work off all those "so worth it calories” says gram and you know what? We find another waterfall and its not real big like up north but pretty and shady and we all sat down and ate some chips no salt.
I had a good time. Gram put lots of pix on facebook.
Okay, Sam is fictional but the facts are real. And the story could come true anytime you wish when you Drive the 105.