Vacationing Close to Home

For our 29th Anniversary we decided to take a few days and be tourists around Moncton, New Brunswick which is a little over 2 hours away.

Our first day in Moncton we tried out Magnetic Hill.  Magnetic Hill is a place where the layout of the surrounding land produces the optical illusion that a very slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope. It was well worth the visit, although if many cars were testing the hill it could be a bit dangerous.  We were there after the park was closed so didn’t pay a fee to get in.  Cars are directed to drive down the hill on the right side of the road, stopping at the white post.  Pull the car over to the left side of the road and put the car in neutral.  The cars seem to roll up the hill backwards.  We watched lots of people turn their cars around and try to go up the hill forwards-I don’t think that was working.  Some people did not have very good steering skills rolling backwards.  It was fun watching other drivers figure out the hill.

Magnetic Hill.  The white car backing up the hill is doing it correctly.  The two cars going forward up the hill in the left lane are not.

We visited Hopewell Rocks.  It is about 40 klm or 40 min from Moncton along the Fundy Coastal Drive.  The entrance fee was 9.00 per person and this was valid for two consecutive days, so visitors could visit during high and low tides.  There are well groomed walking trails to observation decks and trails to the ocean floor.   It is safe to walk on the ocean floor three hours before and three hours after low tide.  We arrived at about three hours before low tide and were able to watch the tide go out.  There are also restaurants, playgrounds, boot wash and sea kayaking located at the Hopewell Rocks.

The tide is starting to go out here.

The tide is almost all the way out here.  For the most part the beach was rocky, but as the tide went out there was more mud.   Many people made use of the boot washing area.  If you go make sure you wear appropriate footwear.

Further along the drive we stopped at Cape Enrage on the Chignecto Bay, one of the Marine Wonders of the World.  The tides rise as much as 53 feet over a 12 hour period twice daily.  Admission is about 5.00 per person.  The site has a lighthouse, fog horn and hiking trails as well as a tremendous view from the top of the cliff.  The beach is reached from a set of stairs that descend 99 feet.  Visitors are warned not to linger near the foot of the cliffs as there is a constant danger of rock falls and to be sure to know the tide schedule.  Departure from the beach is only possible by the stairs.  The beach was made up of smooth flat rocks that made interesting clacking noises when they shifted while walking on them.  It was quiet walking on the beach so the noise of the clacking rocks was all you could hear.  Right before you get to the site there is a nice rock beach for swimming.  The site also offered a restaurant, rappelling, rock climbing and a zip line.

Cape Enrage.  You would not want to mistake the time for high tide.

The rocky beach of Cape Enrage.

We had stayed at the Crowne Plaza Moncton Downtown before and really enjoyed the experience.  We were looking forward to another great visit and were not disappointed.

We ate at the Tajmahal restaurant in Downtown Moncton.  The food and service were great.  On our anniversary we ate at Little Louis’ on Collishaw St.  The restaurant had received good reviews, but I found the menu did not offer many options and the meal was expensive for what we had.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

It is amazing to see the capacity the natural world has for growth.  Trees and plants send down roots and grow in the most surprising places.

These trees are growing on the Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick Canada,  Twice a day the tides rise to great heights, as they recede they take some of the rock and soil with them.

This is how they grow grapes on the Greek island of Santorini.

The roots of these trees climb down the hill and sustain small shrubs on this beach side hill in Santorini.

These unusual trees grow at the University of Havana