Woodstock, New Brunswick awaits.
I have mentioned my travel playbook in several posts, including You Have to See the Midland Ice Caves. and I used it extensively in Sussex New Brunswick- Don’t Just Pass Through. My book is not a fancy laptop or a modern app, it is an old-fashioned notebook where I jot down important facts, with a pen, about places I plan to see.
My current book is a hardcover bound journal, one I have been using for the last two years and it is nearly full. Looking through the pages of items I have checked off, I am impressed with myself. I get a wow.
Why do I use a book? The young will answer that it’s because I am old-fashioned, but I just find it quicker. I may collect information on a place for a month or more before I go, and I get inspiration from many sources: television shows, internet searches – even the local news when they mention unknown filming locations, a house where someone famous resided, or a hike to a look-off or rock formation. To keep track of them – I have a book for that.
My next target location is Woodstock. I have been there before, passed through and collected a few roadside attractions. Nackawic, which is on the way, has the world’s largest axe, which I featured in Size Matters In New Brunswick .
The lure this time is the story of Benny Swim being hanged twice in the courtyard of the Carleton County jail. It is too delicious a story for me to swerve long. I was going there last weekend but it snowed, and the weather forecast this weekend looks the same. So my itinerary is set but I will have to wait for a break in the winter weather to see what Woodstock has to offer.
Until then, I know my first destination, then I will add to my collection of national historic sites and monuments with the Connell House . After that I will refer to my book.
Yes, It might be nice to have it all in a computer program of some sort, I could itemize every historic building or piece of public art in Edmunston, New Brunswick or Lunenburg, Nova Scotia but it would do me no good while I’m camping in the back country where there is no signal or place to charge a low battery.
I do create a lot of Google maps to efficiently identify the quickest path between attractions, but once I have my itinerary figured out they go in the playbook. There I can easily open to the page marked Woodstock, look at my list of points of interest, locate the coordinates to the trail head of the waterfalls that someone recommended. Perhaps I will snowshoe the Maliseet trail.
Until a clear day arrives, happy travels from Maritime Mac.