The other day, I heard the head of the provincial tourism department [or whatever it’s called], talk about that the tourism this summer was going really good. I don’t know how true that is, but this is the third summer we’re living here in Saint John, and I haven’t seen many American licence plates. We’re out every day and I really do look at licence plates because I think it’s fun to see where they come from when I notice one outside of New Brunswick. I have seen a few, of course … mainly from Massachusetts. The odd one from Texas and one from Alabama that I remember. When you see cars from California or Washington state, it’s amazing to think how far they have driven … all across the continent! The picture above, from last year, is obviously one from Canada’s North West Territories. I always thought that was cool with a licence plate in the shape of a polar bear!
I don’t see them all, naturally, but we do have the Reversing Falls here, where tourists line up, and the other two summers I’ve been here I’ve seen a selection of cars from all over the States. Had I been adamant about it, I think I could have got one pin on every state except Hawaii, but this is not any of my obsessions …. it’s just a fun thing.
The other day, we met a young couple from outside Montreal, down in Indiantown. There’s absolutely nothing there, except a nice view, perhaps, of Spar Cove. Gerry talked with them, and it turned out they’d used GPS to get to the Reversing Falls! Ahh … the wonders of modern technology! 🙂 As we were going to the Falls, we directed them to there.
Another aspect of this licence plates thing, is the blogging 🙂 Sometimes, I’ve seen cars from places where I know I have fellow bloggers here in WP. Quite often the cars have little labels from the dealerships so then you can see the town or city.
Yesterday afternoon, we happened to be driving through a part of the city where many, cheap motels are line up. Hardly ANY cars at all parked outside! It’s probably this whole economy thing that causes it…