Monday, August 25, 2008

Bay of Fundiplomacy

High: 72° F
Low: 55° F
Conditions: Mostly sunny and breezy
As many of you know, our good friend, Professor Huricane Akara Turbofire (PhD) is running for president. He recently announced his running mate, the very lovely Khyra. This got us thinking about other cabinet positions, and how Ari might get involved in this growing braintrust. To our minds, a caninaturalist is a perfect Secretary of the Interior, since that will give her access to some of the best parks and wilderness areas in the country. But just in case that position is taken, we thought we'd practice our best international relations in the hopes that we might be considered for a diplomatic position.
Ari is resolute about not wanting to fly, and Mexico is a REALLY long car trip for us. So we packed our bags and headed north of the border to the very wonderful province of New Brunswick. Below is the first half of our photos from this ambassadorial envoy expedition; we'll post the other half later this week. What do you think, Tubey?
The lovely seaside town of St. Andrew:
One of several 19th-century Irish cemeteries. New Brunswick was a popular destination for famine-era immigrants. Most of the grave stones included the person's hometown in Ireland as tribute to this ocean crossing.
While Irish cemeteries are fascinating to the two humans on this trip, the caninaturalist favored shoreline inquiries of marine vegetation, including dulse, the sea vegetable this area is famous for:
From St. Andrew's, we drove to a provincial park called New River Beach. Here's the long shot of the lovely beach, which has some of the highest tides in the world:
Here's the reason why we only have a long shot of this beautiful beach:
Happily, chicken fajitas cooked over a campstove is enough to placate most people denied access to lovely shorelines:
So too are areas further up the coast, like these sea caves carved out of local sandstone:
This is some of the tenacious vegetation that has made a home out of the cave walls:
And these, of course, are the slightly less tenacious (but still enthusiastic) naturalists enjoying said vegetation!


Khyra The Siberian Husky said...



We'll have Prez2B Tubey fix this khanines et chiennes beach problem!!!

PLUS, we won't need no stinkin' pawsports either!!!!

VP2B Dr. Turbo-08

PeeEssWoo: Woo khan SOOO be Sekhretary of the Interior (and exterior too)!

Tracey and Huffle said...

I think Ari would make an excellent Secretary of the Interior. We don't have that in Australia so I'm not sure what it is, but I know Ari would be good at it!

Huffle Mawson, Honorary Husky and Explorer Cat

Turbo the Sibe said...

Yes, Ari can be the Secretary of the INterior and the EXterior. Especially if I get some tortillas!

Eve said...

Nice trip guys...glad to see you're still in shorts tho...get ready...we're in jeans and sweatshirts today and I think it's heading your way! Good luck Ari...just don't be bullied by the big dogs!!

Lorenza said...

Ari for Secretary of Interior?? Sounds great!
That place is beautiful.
Too bad dogs are not allowed at that beach!
Kisses and hugs

Kess And Her Mama said...

Ari has our vote (if we were able to vote, that is). Pity the beach didn't allow dogs. We know exactly how that feels!

YourFireAnt said...

Oh, you are making me homesick for my second home (NS)! I love seeing those oh so familar shots, colors, land formations, etc. and wish I was going along.! Wonderful photos!


It's dulse, by the way.

Marigold said...

We would vote for Ari. I do think there needs to be a goat in the Cabinet, however. Perhaps Secretary of Defense? You know, butting and all that? :)

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Ari should definitely be the Canadian ambassador so he can allow dogs on that beach!


Holly said...

I think you would make a great Secretary of the Interior!! Especially since you love nature, and it seems that is sorely lacking in some of the previous humans who havve had that position!


The Army of Four said...

I had all kinds of interesting comments to make but then I saw those fajitas and totally forgot what I was going to say. Mmm... fajitas!

Pippa said...

I think you should go for international relations and then you could come and see me.

Or perhaps I could be an ambassador and come and see you with my very shiny passport.

D'Azul Siberian said...

No dogs on beach!! What is wrong with those people?

D'Azul, Where Siberians Rule

Gunner said...


Welcome to Canada eh!
It may be cold here compared to Mexico but life here can be pretty good for a dog.

Man, if I lived on the east coast we coulda hooked up!


Orion Count Drulzelot said...

New Brunswick is one of my favorite places in the world! Did you get to visit Fundy Nat. Park in Alma? Just outside the park they had a dog-friendly B&B, the owner was also a naturalist and kayak tour guide in the park. The beaches in NB are awesome for finding fossils, too (my younger son is a fossil hound). If I could live anywhere, I'd pick a spot along the St. John river. So glad to hear you had a super trip, and those fajitas are making me hungry!

umekotyan said...

Good evening Ari.
As for the coast where St. Andrew is beautiful, the line of the beach is wonderful.
Empty beauty is a color that seems to be inhaled.
And, there are a lot of valuable plants of the plant in the coast.
It is very interesting, and the influence of the sea is inscrutable to the erosion of the coast. :)

from loved ume tyan

Kodak the Eskie said...

New Brunswick is a very beautiful place. Mom loves the old cemetary picture and the rock with the flowers growing. It looks like you had a wonderful time with food over a campfire and everything! You lucky dog!!

Hugs, Kodak

The Daily Echo said...

Thanks for sharing all those great pictures! That sign was stupid. I hope you watered it.

Kathiesbirds said...

Kathryn, all the time we were in college in Presque Isle I would see comemrcials about this place and long to go there. We were too poor and busy at the time and now we are so far away. Perhaps someday I will get there. Thanks for this view of a place I long to visit!