Our trip from St. John to St. Martins took us about an hour to traverse the 29 miles. The Mothership also got her first opportunity to handle a 13% grade and handled it beautifully. It was only about a mile and a half but she came down it in second without breaking a sweat. We are staying in Century Farms Campground and have a nice, large, full hookup site with a great view of Fundy Bay and we can see the caves from the campground. The satellite setup was quick and easy. The campground has WiFi but it is too far to our site to connect so I will have to get closer to the office to post this blog.
Soon after setting up we headed for the caves since it was low tide as we arrived. It is a hike of about a quarter-mile from the parking lot to reach the caves area over what would be a beach in Florida but is massive amounts of different sized rocks here. The rocks range from small pebbles to basketball size and everything in between. Needless to say it is an adventure just trying to keep your feet under you while crossing this stretch. It is unbelievable to believe these huge caves (diameter, not deep) are almost completely covered with water when the tide comes in. The tide also has to rise up several feet just to cover the “beach” and reach the caves. You can tell from my pictures that have the people exploring the caves just how large they are in relation to the size of a person.
After hiking back to the parking lot we went on in the Caves Restaurant (who own the parking lot) to have lunch. I had my usual fish and chips and Doris had, yep, you guessed it, lobster. Not a whole lobster this time but a lobster roll. Since she doesn’t like mayonnaise, it was just a toasted sub roll with nothing but lobster in it – just like she likes it. All of this while sitting on the deck watching the bay and the caves. My haddock was the best I have had so we were both very happy. It just doesn’t get much better than this.
We then took a short drive from St. Martins to West Quaco and hiked another quarter-mile to the West Quaco Lighthouse there on the point. I hadn’t noticed us changing elevation that much but we were on a point a few hundred feet higher than the bay below us. It is a simple, but functional, lighthouse and has a foghorn just outside it. We could hear the foghorn as we were hiking down to it but were not prepared for the loudness of the horn when it went off just as we stepped past the lighthouse, about 10 feet from the foghorn. Needless to say we were somewhat startled but luckily we didn’t damage our eardrums!!!
We also passed a miniature horse farm on the way to the lighthouse. You can’t really tell from the photos how small these guys are since there is nothing to gauge their height with. Their shoulders only come up to about my waist. There were also a couple of colts there that were very cute. We also passed a lot of Fireweed. We have noticed more and more of this pretty purple plant as we travel further North and East. We saw fireweed for the first time last year in Alaska. For the first time we saw what looked to be white fireweed. It was too far away to be sure but that is what it looked like.
Friday we awoke to heavy fog and since we wanted to see the caves at high tide and drive the Fundy Trail Parkway today, we hoped that it would burn off by the 10:30 a.m. high tide. Well the tide rolled in and the fog had faded quite a bit so we went over to the caves and I took a couple of pics there and try to do a panorama of a high and low tide picture so you could see the difference. It's really a lot more dramatic than it appears.
The we headed up the Fundy Trail Parkway which is a relatively new 13 km (8 mile) drive along the coast. New Brunswick has really done a fantastic job on this parkway. There are numerous turnoffs along the road and each has many picnic tables, a restroom and many trash containers - all in great repair and kept very clean. It was still fairly foggy at sea level when we left but as we climbed along the parkway we were way up in the clouds and we didn't get a whole lot out of the trip.
The fog finally burned off about 4:00 p.m. and we decided to try the parkway again and it was much more enjoyable this time. We could actually see the beautiful shoreline and even the scenery alongside the road. We did a little hiking down to different viewpoints and had a good time.
We head for Alma, NB tomorrow for a few days at Fundy National Park. We are not sure yet how long we will be there but will play it by ear and the weather.