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Day 34. Thursday, August 27, 2015. Bay of Fundy Day 2 of 2 - High and Low: South Maitland and Burntcoat

Our plan today is to go where we were last night at South Maitland, watch the bore come in, watch the level come up to its maximum, then hot-tire it to a place called Burntcoat, catch that while the tide is still high, have a break for lunch and sightseeing, come back to the trailer to relax, then go back to Burntcoat when the tide is low. {We really want to "walk on the sea bed" which you can do at Burntcoat. We will see it at high tide and come back at low tide to walk.}


We take off a little afer 8 am. At quarter after 8, we are at the South Maitland Visitor Center, on the lookout platform, and the tide is pretty low right now. We see some people dressed in what looks like yellow raincoats single file down to three red rubber rafts. We know now that this is a local sport. A driver heads down to where the tide is coming in. This difference in the incoming tide rush and the downflowing river {the "bore"}can be as much as a foot, but is usually only an inch or so (my estimate).

We record the level of the river by a sort of ladder-like feature of an old tower. {We have a nice, young lady, (Kristy, as we recall) who works at the interpretive center that is open this morning. She explains to us about the bore, which she says is not the "wall of water" I was expecting but how the rushing water will rise here and push the river backwards. She tells us to watch the rungs on this ladder and see how high the water will get.} Note that it is below four "rungs" right now. At right, the last raft loads up...

... and passes below us. In seemingly no time, the water has risen to the top 'rung' of the ladder. {We have been watching and yelling to each other as each rung gets covered up.}

Below left. The bore is closing in, and all the rafters are heading upstream. The river is much narrower there, and the effect is supposed to be much stronger and more fun for the tide riders. One of the rafts is coming over past us rather than head straight up the river. {All the white water you see where the 3 boats are are the rapids that form when the wateris rushing up the river. The rafts circle over them and then back for more.}Whirlpools form, circle for a while, then disappear, reappearing nearby.

The others are giddy as they prepare to zip past us. The raft that came closest to us heads up what was just mud an hour ago. We later learn that they do mud-sliding, where they get out of the raft, somehow make it up to the grass, then slide down with just swim trunks or a bathing suit. Maximum mud seems to be the goal. But we don't see this activity from where we are.

Sharon and Nancy practice the procedure they perfected on the ferry, so Nancy can try to see the raft going up the channel. {Nancy, where are YOUR binocs?}And now the water is above even the top rung.

We take off and at about 10:45 we are inthe town of (not South) Maitland. We can see the river to our right and how high it is. We see a couple of Bald Eagles.

Continuing on, we go by a sign that talks of a craft shop. It says pottery and hooking. We can't think of anything funny to say about pottery.

We come all the way to Burntcoat Head.

We park and walk down a path, then some stairs. We can see the water and Sharon and Nancy head for it.

Nancy is onto the rocky shore and Sharon is at the bottom of the steps. There is an island straight across the water. A man dressed in green is fishing. Other people are checking out this spot too.

Here is the island stretching from left to right, in front of us. Looking to the left side of the island, we can see a small rocky strip. {These pictures all show what this place looks like when the tide in the Bay of Fundy is at its highest. There is a 40-50 foot difference every day. Well, twice a day, of course.}

Here is a panorama of the island, showing Bob the fisherman at lower left, in green. At lower right, Nancy has walked far to the right, and finds a little bay.

Our new fisherman friend Bob takes a shot for us. Check out the cool yellow pants with what appears to be an 8-ball in the side pockets. {For some reason, Bob, who never comments on what he is wearing, hates how he looks in these pants in these pictures.}

So after we have had our fill of the high tide here, we check out a lighthouse visitor center and the land around it.

We visit the lighthouse visitor center, and learn that if an establishment was French-originated, it is Burntcoat, but if it is English, it is Burncoat. We see both versions all over the place. Sorry, no lighthouse photos,xxxx but it was just a small lighthouse. We decide to head back to the trailer, but stop to get some lunch at a little restaurant we spotted in a village we passed through.

They have a line of soft drinks from a company called Jones, where the sugar is derived from honey. Pretty sweet. {I get it, sweet. Ha, ha}

Here are more shots from our lunch stop. This Frieze & Roy was what the storefront looked like many decades ago, and on display in the store are memorabilia items. We all have memories of the glue called mucilege. That's the bottle right in the middle of the right hand photo, with the yellow label, and shaped a little like a tall bell.

Soon the food came. Below are fish and chips on the left, and a lobster or crab roll on the right.

We got a kick out of Bad Mouth Soap - soap for filthy people.

And here are a couple of brightly colored storefronts, to cheer you up.

We go back to the trailer to pass time for the tide to fall, then we head back to Burntcoat Head, knowing that it's going to be low tide. So exciting. What will it look like?

It rains like crazy on the way, and we're afraid that this is going to spoil our photos, but it begins to clear and by the time we reach our destination, it's totally clear.

Our unbelievable photos are shown below. Below are the photos we take now, side by side with the one from earlier today. Can you see the difference? Yes, you got it. There are no people on the stairs at left...

And here is a panorama from near the bottom of the stairs, compared with the same shot earlier today, at high tide. Wunderbar, don't you agree?

At first Nancy and I climb down the slippery rocks to the sea floor. Here Sharon, still on the 'dry' shore gives us a wave. We know what she's thinking and we are thinking the same thing.

You can't keep a good girl up, as you know, and we help Sharon down to the floor also, as you see in the next photos. {Everybody here, not just Bob and Nancy, are eager to help me get down onto the sea floor which is rocky and easy to walk on, not muddy like I thought it would be. It's very exciting to walking where there was 40 feet of water earlier.}

Below left, we talk with another visitor. At right, Nancy provides a great silhouette on what I think was that little strip of rock in the 'tide is high' photos earlier today.

Sharon is giddy because she knows she's going to take a rock from this sea floor home with us. She already has it picked out, and I am nominated to bring it. Consider it brung. Great sunlight on our faces.

Here is another shot of the island. At right is a sure sign that Sharon has been here. It is the rubber tip on her New Zealand cane. In the next few days somebody will discover it, at low tide, and wonder how Target is going to get a store down here.

6:10 pm. We have just finished up the Bay of Fundy Spectacular. We have stolen some rocks from the bottom of the bay for our back yard. We have taken panoramas and videos to prove what we did. Life is good.

We head back to the trailer for the evening, where the three of us have decided to have 'breakfast for dinner': Sharon makes pancakes, Nancy makes sausages, you should be here. {With Nancy's cousin Butchie's maple syrup, couldn't be better.}

I go over to take a shower, but have to stop that to shoot these sunset shots. At left, that's our rig, closest to you. Below right are the 'permanent' trailers - actually people who live here all summer.

Below left shows a cloud that is receiving the wonderful color from the sunset, and the sunset itself is at right.

And that's it for a very full day. Great fun and wonders. Good night to you all. Hope you got a little kick from our stories and pictures.

PS A drunk walks by a hardware store with signs indicating their wares. On the window is painted in a semicircle: CAST IRON SINKS. "Everybody knows that," slurs the drunk. I know, I know. Why a drunk? They are the best slurrers. {PPS It's what you learn after you "know it all" that really counts.}

Began: Scotia Pine Campground, Truro, Nova Scotia
Pass Through: Maitland, East Noel, Burntcoat
End: Scotia Pine Campground, Truro, Nova Scotia
Miles Today:: 141
Miles for Trip: 6933


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