Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Day 6 & 8 - Hopewell Rocks

I'm determined to finish this before moving on to anything else!

We visited Hopewell Rocks, a tourist site on the Bay of Fundy, while the tide was in on Day 6, and then again when the tide was out on Day 8.  It was truly amazing.  (If you want more info you can check it out here, as well as any number of other sites.)

Some of these pics are tide in/tide out pairs, some of them show us exploring what is the ocean floor half the day.

These are the actual rocks for which the site is named, right in front of the steps leading down from the land above.


To give some scale, here's one with people walking there.  As you can see, the water would be well above their heads at high tide.

Here are the steps you climb down, when the tide is OUT, of course:


This pic of my DH shows how chilly it can be down near the water.  (He almost never wears a sweater or jacket.)

 Here's a back view off those steps.  Notice how dry the sand looks in the tide out pic:


 We spent most of the afternoon wandering the "ocean floor" with our fellow tourists.

There are dire warning signs all over the place to make sure you don't get trapped somewhere and drowned at high tide:

And a safety platform about halfway between the two access points, just in case.

These are quite scary, actually.  They certainly made us keep our minds on the clock!

All in all, it was an extremely impressive natural display. You can see those tides come in and out all around the bay.  In narrow places it looks like a fierce whitewater river flowing first one direction then, a few hours later, the other.

Well worth the time to see.


Raiwvynn said...

Awesome pictures. The Hopewell Rocks was one of my favourites when I was on my Maritime trip back in 1998-99. Awesome place and beautiful.
Blessings and thanks for sharing

CousinLinda said...

Thank you! I'm so glad the pics brought back some good memories.


Jenn said...

I think this trip entry was my favourite! I've heard a lot about the Bay of Fundy and its tides, but your pictures really showed the huge differences with high and low tide. The warning with the clock on it was a little freaky. 0_o

CousinLinda said...

Yeah, that was freaky. And that platform about an hour's walk away from the stairs downright put a chill down my back! I can't imagine being trapped up there for hours!

They were really serious about getting you out of there on time. We were nearing the other side's exit point about an hour and a 1/2 before we needed to and one of the employees was leaving to do a sweep and make sure everyone got in.