Later this month, my mother and I are setting out on an epic road trip to delight in all things Anne and Lucy Maud Montgomery, and to enjoy some quality mother-daughter time. I’ve got the first three Anne books on audiobook for the car – that’s how serious we are about this pilgrimage! Here’s the nitty-gritty of our crazy itinerary:
Day One – I will wake up at 4am to catch the 6am train to Baltimore, where my mom will pick me up shortly after noon. We will then drive to Newington, CT (picked randomly by the rough distance we want to travel that day).
Day Two – From Newington to Bowdoinham, Maine, to have lunch with an old friend of my mom’s, then on to Saint Andrews, New Brunswick for our next overnight.
Day Three – Whale watching trip in the Bay of the Fundy! Hopefully we will see a whale or two, then on to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island that afternoon.
Days Four and Five – Charlottetown (more details below)
Day Six – Charlottetown to Moncton, New Brunswick, where we will hopefully see the dramatic tides at Hopewell Rocks.
Day Seven – Moncton to Ellsworth, Maine for a very, very brief look-see of Acadia National Park, where I want to go on the short Wonderland Trail walk.
Day Eight – Ellsworth to Rockland, Massachusetts, with stops along the way at the L.L. Bean outlet and Stonewall Kitchen’s flagship store.
Day Nine – I will hang with my in-laws and hopefully get my mother-in-law on the internet at her local library; my mom will continue on with the rest of her journey to visit friends on the way back home.
Day Ten – I will fly home, with the added wrinkle of needing to get from the airport to the train station, where my car will be. That will make for a long day of travel by the time I get home!
So, there it is. Impressive, no?
Among the activities we are partaking of when in Anne territory: Anne of Green Gables: The Musical; Anne and Gilbert, the Musical; Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site inside Prince Edward Island National Park (the White Sands Hotel in the Anne of Green Gables miniseries); Green Gables Heritage Place; Anne of Green Gables Museum; Avonlea Village (still a maybe; looks geared towards a younger crowd).
The challenge for me will be managing to fit in some workouts into the busy schedule, as well as communicating with my husband, since the times he can call are very limited and I may be in an area with no signal or wifi at those times.