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Published: September 10th 2013
Hopewell Rocks, Bay of Fundy
Tide was way out when this photo was taken. That's Joe down there.
Good thing it WAS a fun day at the Bay of Fundy because I've been waiting to use that blog title for a long time. When we lived in Anchorage, AK, many years ago I was fascinated by the amazing tides in Cook Inlet and by the fact that they were the second biggest tides in the world. Since then I have wanted to see the place that ranks as number one, the Bay of Fundy. We entered the Hopewell Rock exploration area in New Brunswick as soon as it opened at 9 AM and stayed for over four hours. When we got there it was low tide and we could walk a couple of hundred yards to the water's edge. Hard to believe that we were entertained for over four hours watching the tide come in. It's just a lot of fun to watch things disappear under the water and it does it pretty quickly. It was rising about one vertical foot every four minutes and came up 43 vertical feet total, the highest tide of this new moon cycle. I think it would have been fun to go back at 3 PM to watch it go out but we
were ready to move on when the water moved up to the treed "flowerpots." We saw several eagles and a peregrine falcon sitting on a ledge making a lot of noise. We spoke with several of the volunteers there and one of them has created a very nice time lapse video and I've included it below. Tomorrow we are scheduled to raft the bore tide and we will get wet but should be fun.
Cornwall, New London, Cavendish, Charlottetown, Kensington...we're not in Acadian land any more. Yes, we made the drive across the immense Confederation Bridge (big toll) to the province of Prince Edward Island. We took a circle drive that included stops at Charlottetown government buildings, the "Ann of Green Gables" house in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island National Park beaches, the harbor at Rustico, and a seafood restaurant in Summerside where we're staying tonight. This province is GREEN and gorgeous and full of golf courses, prosperous farms that back up to the ocean, red cliffs and red sand beaches, and seafood restaurants everywhere. While we were at the beach we saw a red fox and about ten minutes later saw a black fox! I'm embarrassed to say that
Bay of Fundy
We walked about 1/2 mile and climbed over these rocks to view this big expanse of tidal flats.
I had never seen a fox in the wild before in my life, so this was exciting to be able to see two.
I had lobster bisque tonight but realized later that I should have had the mussels because P.E.I. is known as having the best mussels in the world. The lady at the table next to us was eating coconut curried mussels. Delicious, she said. She couldn't eat them all and when she left, it was sure tempting to grab one. Need to get some sleep so I can hang onto that raft tomorrow through the big waves. Can't wait!
Here's a video we took at the Bay of Fundy:
Time lapse at Hopewell Rocks, Bay of Fundy by Kevin Snair:
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