I neglected to mention that among other highlights, our sojourn in St-Francois also featured a milestone moment for Starfish: her first ever toasted marshmallow.
It was to be the first of many on our trip. The frequent marshmallow-roastings also taught me that trying to roast the little puffs on a just-built fire (a necessity to allow for bedtime) is a delicate skill indeed. Many a flaming offering was sacrificed to the sugar gods.
Anyhow, on a bright and sunny morning, we loaded everyone and everything back into our rolling home and headed back across the island (this time on the north side) trading in this view…
…as we paused in the villages for fresh-baked bread and pastries (delicious!), at a pumpkin and corn maze farm for maple product (more delicious!), and at a cidrerie for wistful future potables. The little farms made the early part of our drive more like this…
Culminating, of course, with the Chutes Montmorency, which I tried to capture from the road, albeit unsuccessfully.
After that was some incredibly hilly coastal driving, with a quick photo stop at La Malbaie (beautiful picnic spot), where Starfish found some farm friends… sort of.
A little more driving and we made it to the Baie Ste Catherine where Starfish’s hopes and dreams for the day came true: we took our “bus” onto a boat! Sadly, it being a pretty small ferry I have no particularly good pictures to share, but it’s okay. On the other side of the bay was Tadoussac: easily the prettiest place we stopped on our roadtrip — and that’s saying something after a three-day stay on Ile d’Orleans!