Campobello Island, NB, Canada - Day 2 - 10/23/2012

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The kids with Jocelyn

Today we started out doing a little bit of schoolwork.  It's always there no matter where we go.  Then we had an employee of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park, also Michael and Angela Calder's daughter-in-law, Jocelyn Calder, join us for a private "Tea with Eleanor."  "Tea with Eleanor" is a program the park offers during the summer.  You enjoy tea and scones while learning more about the woman that Eleanor Roosevelt was.  Since the summer season ended last week, Jocelyn was more than happy to come and give us the presentation at the RV.  She even brought tea and doughnuts for us!  The presentation was very informative and gave you the picture of who Eleanor really was.

Cutting into a mussel

Jocelyn also shared a secret Campobello spot with us.  There is a little cove where a freshwater stream meets with the salt water ocean.  The mussels there often get bits of sand in there with the water moving back and forth and form tiny little pearls.  Jocelyn offered to go with us to the cove and show us how to get the pearls out.

Charlie, Jocelyn, and Bob

Jocelyn met us at the cove with her husband, Bob, and their daughter, Charlie.  Poor Bob was dressed in shorts, a t-shirt, and flip-flops.  He said someone had to go in the water to get the mussels, so he might as well dress for the job.  Thankfully the stream was only an inch or two deep, so the kids all helped out finding mussels.  Once you pull them out of the water, you pry them open with a knife and search around through the mussel for the little pearls.  The longer the grain of sand has been in the mussel, the larger the pearl.  We had so much fun looking for pearls!  They are all tiny and different colors, from deep purple to silver and white.

Chrissy found a mussel

Bob and Jocelyn so graciously invited us to dinner at their home, so we took them up on the offer.  We had a few places to visit before dinner time, so we agreed to meet up with them later.

History books at the library

We headed off to the little local library that has a museum about Campobello.  It had neat artifacts and photos from residents, as well as history about FDR.  We didn't have a lot of time there, but it was enough to tour the facility.

After the library, we headed to what is called Barrel Well.  Tradition tells that the water has never stopped flowing from Barrel Well, and if you drink from it, you will return to Campobello Island.  We had our drink, so time will tell if we return!

Yummy dessert!

We went to Bob and Jocelyn's house for dinner.  Bob made homemade pizza and Jocelyn made brownies to go with ice cream.  We really enjoyed dinner and getting to know them better.  They are wonderful people.

Jocelyn, Charlie, & Bob

Tomorrow we are actually going to try and leave this beautiful place.  We'll see if we make it out!

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