Day 1 – Welcome to Canadia
Had a busy morning (following a crazy busy week) of getting stuff sorted, going for a run, and getting some groceries. Mid-afternoon, it was off to the airport to pick up D… complete with balloons and an extra special “Welcome to Canadia” sign. We love you so much D that I was willing to stand in an airport with a sign with our country name spelled wrong for you :P
From there, a scenic tour of Fredericton craft breweries… because we might have all been thirsty. A quick stop to Picaroons and Grimross and we were off. There was a seafood feast with beer and catching up for the evening, and that was that. (Please note – this may be another one of those occasions when great times with friends do not translate well to blog fodder)
Day 2 – Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Took D to do a quick bit of site-seeing around town while Greg was working on our feast… we hit up the Market, a few shops downtown, stopped to “play” the City Hall piano, got some more beer, etc. And then it was back to the kitchen to help with the feast. D and I rock a mean salad!
The weather didn’t exactly cooperate the entire time (thank you mother nature for multiple downpours), but we had a lovely feast with lots of our friends… there may have even been a keg (thanks Lloyd) and live music (thanks Bill and Nathan), and there was definitely lots of laugh (thanks everyone!). And a special thanks to mini gardeners Alexis and Owen for saving me some of the peas!
We didn’t make big plans for Sunday since we wanted to take it easy for the run on Monday. Brunch at Isaac’s Way while plotting the rest of our day with the cool kids. Then we got some beer and headed out to someone’s lake house with friends. We spent a lovely day chilling in the sun and hanging out. Finally some summer relaxing.
Day 4 – Running for Beers
So technically, besides coming to see the cool kids obviously, the reason D came here was do to the Beer Run with us. We were up early and down to the Delta to get all registered up. And as we waited for it to be time to run, the temperature was steadily increasing. By the time run started at 10 it was nearly 30C out there. Not that I have been running for years or anything, but that was a super hot run. When I turned around at the half way point to finish the second half, I felt like my back was on fire!! But we all finished it. Go team! And I met my goal of not last… onwards and upwards from here. Something worth keeping in mind is that you maybe shouldn’t drink beer for days leading up to a scorching run :)
All of the usual craft brewers were there… Grimross, Trailway, Big Axe, Red Rover, Pumphouse, Flying Boat, and lots more. We got a fancy beer glass for running, so I enjoyed my tasty beers from that. After a few hours of beers after baking in the sun while running, we were all getting hangry! So we took the shuttle to the King St. Ale House for some grub. We were all beered out by then, so we called it a day after we finally had some food. Way to go D for surviving some power house drinking with Canadia-ins and our much stronger beer. Nothing else to report for the rest of this day since I was pretty much the only one awake for it.
We figured before D left that we should probably show her something not beer-related… so we grabbed some breakfast and then did a quick road tour around. Harvey for the giant fiddle, and then down to St. Andrews to walk around a bit. Then we were off to Saint John to visit the market, have some lunch at the SJ Ale House (yes, yes, there is a trend here) and take some pics with random stuff, like a metal moose, a giant beer can, a clock, and terrifying wooden people sculptures. Then back home so we could head to Nicole and Lloyd’s to drink some of the Beer Run leftovers. It rocks having friends in high places!
Day 6 – D Goes Back to Merica
D had a morning flight, so we did some goodbye visiting and then headed to the airport. Unfortunately, Air Canada struck again and she ended up delayed in Montreal… but she should be back in good ole Merica by now.
Thanks for coming to visit us D… we can’t wait to see what other adventures we get up to in the future. To all the other cool kids… see what you’re missing? It’s fun up here – honest!