Saturday, August 15, 2009

New Brunswick - Bay of Fundy

Greetings! I now have enough bandwidth to display the sights of New Brunswick. We stayed in an RV park in Moncton. There are many seasonal people, and some of them have just done a bang up job of putting in decks and landscaping. These people were across the aisle from us, and had a lovely little encampment.

Wednesday we went to Hopewell Rocks which is on the Bay of Fundy. This particular section of the bay is known as the Chocolate River. The tide goes out in about 3.5 hours. It's very impressive how quickly it moves in and out. The interpretative center said that basically the bay is a washing machine with all that water moving up and down in the bay. The Hopewell rocks formations are known as the Flowerpots. At high tide the water will be at the level of the wide part at the base of the rock. When the water comes back in, people run out and kayak in the area.

This is a picture from the web of the water coming up.

Lot's o'beach available.

This is why it's called the Chocolate River. People came back just covered in mud.

This is from another view point. Pay attention to the water level.

This is the same overlook about 75 minutes later, water has come back.

After the Hopewell Rocks we headed out the Acadian coastal scenic route. It was spectacular. This is a beach we stopped at on the way to Cape Enrage.

This is the Atlantic Ocean, no shore breaking waves! It's really interesting, any water movement is due to tidal surge.

The lighthouse at Cape Enrage. This shape is called a square taper.

And this is the fog horn.

We could see Nova Scotia from the lighthouse. That expanse of Canada is essentially uninhabited. It's just amazing how much of Canada doesn't have people all over it.

Looking up the coast.

We walked down to the beach to look (unsuccessfully) for fossil rocks, there's a company that harnesses people up to rappel off the cliff. It looked like fun.

This is representative of much of New Brunswick. Really bucolic.

Thursday we went to the grocery store in Moncton. We were looking at a bag of cheese curds and we asked the deli lady if that was the cheese used in poutine. She said yes, that's what was used in Quebec poutine, in their pitiful version; but that they had real Acadian poutine. So, what could we do, we had to buy a poutine rapee. The outer layer is grated and mashed potatoes mixed together, the center is salt pork that has been soaked and then minced. The poutines are shaped and then boiled for 3 hours. Not to dis-respect another culture's food, but I gotta believe this is an acquired taste.

So, we're in Bangor, Maine. We're going to nip down to Bar Harbor and the coast line. We have internet and 65 cable channels. Woo-HOO!

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