We’re on the road again. This time to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. We stayed a few days in the Thousand Islands with friends Alain and Claire from Levis, Quebec, then headed east through Quebec and down to New Brunswick. This post was made from a campsite somewhere in backwoods New Brunswick.

We stayed a night in Montmagny, just east of Levis on the St. Lawrence River at a site with a beautiful view of the river. Just above us at another campsite, there were 2 old guys having a very engaging conversation. Hands waving, mouths wagging, beer cans slogging continuing all afternoon. Then it started raining, even a thunderstorm, but the conversations went on even as they kept their fire going. I thought they must have been making great progress solving the world’s problems.

Next morning at 7AM, while I was making coffee outside with my backpacking stove, yup, sure enough, they were still at it.

Made me think of a story Alain told me the other day. He recently bought a barn, which he’s currently restoring and renovating. Along with all the contents, he inherited a few tons of 100 year old hay.

I thought about 2 cows having a conversation about that hay.

“Hey Angus, what do you think about this 100 year old hay? I love how it flows so smoothly down my gullet.”

“Not sure about that, Bullwinkle. It’s kinda greasy for my taste.”

“But this is a fine, VSOP barn-wood aged delicacy. In the same league as caviar or truffles. But I know, you’re more of a fast food kinda guy.”

“Yes, you’re right. As long as it’s not a Big Mac.”

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View from our campsite – Thousand Islands

Long Sault Parkway

Long Sault Parkway

The Lost Villages

The Lost Villages

Abandoned attic in The Lost Villages

The Lost Villages

The Lost Villages – remember these desks?

The Lost Villages

The Lost Villages

Long Sault Parkway

Long Sault Parkway

The guys above us at Montmagny

Montmagny

Montmagny

Degelis

Someone lost their nuts!

Shack in NB

NB forest