2010 New England and Atlantic Canada travel blog

Alma, NB - Bayview Motel, Chalets and RV Park - Site 6

Hopewell Flowerpot Rocks 1 - high tide - this high tide is...

Hopewell Flowerpot Rocks 2 - another rock down the coast slightly

Hopewell Flowerpot Rocks 3 - the same shot as the first but...

Dickson Falls Trail 1 - a very nice trail in the woods

Dickson Falls Trail 2

Dickson Falls Trail 3

Dickson Falls Trail 4 - the view from the trailhead

Caribou Plains Trail 1 - a very nice bog WITHOUT THE REQUISITE...

Caribou Plains Trail 2 - another nice trail, just a little wet...

Caribou Plains Trail 3 - the underbrush here is much thicker than...

Shipyard Memorial Park 1 - a replica lighthouse

Shipyard Memorial Park 2 - looks like the hull of a three-mast...

Shipyard Memorial Park 3 - but it isn't :)

A little over four pounds of heaven Doris would say - that...

The trip from St. Martins to Alma was North about 32 miles North, 8 miles East, and then 42 miles back SouthEast to what would have been about 30 miles if the road ran the coastline. Alma is a little village just outside Fundy National Park. We are in a small campground at one end of a motel parking lot. The sites are small but we fit and have full hookups with 30 amps and very good WiFi. The WiFi is becoming very important as we can't use the Verizon aircard here and we like to do our research on the internet as well as update this blog.

It rained the whole way to Alma Saturday as well as all day Sunday though we did catch a small dry window early Sunday and we made the trip to catch the Hopewell Flower Pot Rocks at high tide. These are very large rocks off the ocean floor that have become worn by the tide until their bases are much smaller than their tops. Their tops have what look like small trees growing on them but they are really much larger than they look. Anyhow it gives the appearance of a flower pot when the tide is out and you can see the base which is completely covered by the 40+ foot tides at high tide, the largest in the world. I have included pictures at high and low tide so you can see the dramatic difference. You get some idea of how big these rocks are by the person next to one of them at low tide.

It finally cleared somewhat on Monday morning and we went hiking in the Park. First up was Dickson Falls which was a short but beautiful trail to see the falls which were magnificent. We then drove to the north portion of the park and walked the much longer Caribou Plains trail. This trail was mostly through a very dense forest but did walk along a couple of bogs or beaver ponds. They don't mark their trails here as well as we are used to but we still managed to get back to the parking lot without getting lost though there were a couple of times we were not sure which trail to take to get back, just lucky I guess we took the correct ones.

We then made a drive over to Cape Enrage to look at its lighthouse but when we got there the fog was so thick you could hardly see the road much less the lighthouse. Driving further we came out of the fog and found another lighthouse though it wasn't the real thing - it was part of a park they have dedicated to the many shipyard workers that use to build ships in this area. They also had a replica ship's hull that looked very realistic from a distance.

By this time it was 3:00 p.m. and we were getting hungry. Doris was in withdrawal again so we stopped at a local seafood market in Alma, Collins Seafood, and got her a lobster that was little over two pounds - she was very happy!!! It was so good she thought it would be a good idea to get one of their 4+ pounders tomorrow to take with us. You should have seen some of the big ones they had in their tank - they must have weighed over 10 pounds. I had to get Doris out of there before she collapsed from dehydration with all the salivating she was doing!

Tuesday was a standdown day. We worked on the Mothership a little but not much else. It looks like we need to get a right-front tire for the Mothership as it is "rivering", apparently something these Goodyear tires are noted for. Rivering is where the tire wears unevenly diagonally across the tread.

We also got Doris one last monster lobster so she would have some to eat as we traveled to Nova Scotia. Our next stop is Shediac, NB which will be our last stay in New Brunswick.

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