Mapleton Park Walking Trails A Great Place To Stretch Your Legs

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Under The Mapleton Park Bridge

mapleton park trailWe heard about Mapleton Park from a friend a year or two ago but it’s just far enough away that I really would need to take a bus there so I wouldn’t be worn out by the time I walked there.

Jenny and I decided to check the trails so we took the bus part way and got off a little closer to Mapleton park. We only had to walk for about ten minutes and it was still early enough that we weren’t frying yet.

I believe there are two main paths going across the park. One at the north end and the other along the brook at the south end. There are also many smaller paths that go back and forth between the two main paths.

We walked the full length of the two main paths which was about 5 km and also took a few of the branches off the path. All added up we probably walked about 10 km and Jenny was pretty beat by lunch time.

From the park by home we saw an A&W so we stopped there and had a yummy lunch which gave her the energy to continue home without taking a bus. So proud of her as she is six months older than me.

Want To Find Squirrels Just Listen

never aloneSquirrels like to let you know they are around and that you might be walking through their territory. They may even demand a treat before they let you pass.

Many of the squirrels we saw were heard first and the reason we turned our head and camera that way. This little guy was chattering like a mad squirrel.

As we walked past this chatterer I am sure he was disappointed we didn’t offer him any nuts. Sorry we kind of ate those on the way to the park.

Jenny was standing on one of the bridges crossing the brook when a brown squirrel climbed up onto the bride. At first he didn’t see Jenny. When he did he kind of got spazzy and spun around in a circle not quite sure what to do.

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The he jumped up on the railing and took off across the bridge that way and then down onto the rocks and up at tree. All that in about 4 seconds.

We definitely enjoyed the park but had to head back home before the heat of the day got the better of us. We will be back to enjoy the park and next time we will bring a few treats for the birds and squirrels and maybe even have a picnic of our own.

caterpillarAs we were leaving the park I noticed a little caterpillar heading into the park. Likely looking for a place to make the transformation into a butterfly.

So by the time we got back home we had walked almost 10 kilometers and were ready to cool off and put our feet up.

The trails that led across the park are 2-3 kilometers with trails going back and forth between them. We follow the north trail from Mapleton to Gorge road and then followed the south trail back to Mapleton road.

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Finally Paid A Visit to Butterfly World

butterflyThe plan for Friday was to rent a car for the weekend and do some touring around our lovely province of New Brunswick. Fundy Park was on the list for Friday but the rental company screwed up and didn’t hold a car for us.

We decided it would be a great day to visit Butterfly World  in Moncton which is right across Mountain road from Magnetic Hill. We were there last year to see all the animals at the Magnetic Hill Zoo.

The forecast was for thunder storms so we took the bus instead of walking there so we wouldn’t get caught in the rain.

It started to rain about 5 minutes after we arrived and just before they opened. The rain wasn’t hard at first but once we were in the butterfly compound it really started pouring outside. Glad we were indoors before the skies opened up.

The first butterfly I recognized was the Blue Morpho butterfly. I didn’t know what it was called when I went in but have seen it in yards around our neighbourhood. Love how the wings are blue on the inside and brown with big eye like circles on the outside of the wings.

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Both Are A Blue Morpho Butterfly

I am learning the names of these butterflies from the Butterfly World Butterfly Guide.

How to Hold A Butterfly Without Hurting It

monarch butterflyGrowing up in Ontario I chased a lot of Monarch butterflies through our farm fields and wasn’t aware that I could hurt them by touching their wings.

It was nice to see a mother showing her child how to hold a butterfly safely and that is by not holding it at all. It is possible to just put your finger in front of a butterfly and allowing it to walk up on your finger.

Orange slices work well too as the butterflies love orange juice and will land right on the orange if you just let it sit for a while.

We don’t see any Monarch butterflies in our yard but we do have some Milkweed growing now. I am hoping that will attract them so they will start laying eggs on the under side of the milkweed leaves.

Childhood Memories

I watched a mom show her little pre-school girl an orange slice with the black butterfly in the image below. So cute to see how excited that little girl was to see a butterfly so close up. Instantly reminded me of my own childhood.

When the little girl was done admiring the butterfly she put it down every so gently on the head of a white rabbit. Just an ornament though and not a real bunny.

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Rows of Butterfly Pupas

blue morpho butterflyThere was a glass container where I saw a Blue Morpho drying its wings after emerging from a pupa casing, if that’s what they are called.

The top door of this butterfly safety zone was open so I was able to take photos without viewing through the smug covered glass where the kids press up against the glass. Plus the new butterflies can leave once they have dried their wings and are strong enough. Very cool.

The butterfly that interested me the most was the Blue Morpho so it was great to see one had just emerged and was drying his wings.

In the last couple of years I have picked caterpillars off plants in our yard along with the leaves they were eating and brought them in the house in containers to watch them. Loved seeing them create their pupa casing and eventually emerging as a moth or butterfly before releasing them back outside.

If it hadn’t been for the screw up at the car rental I don’t know when I would have taken the time to enjoy and learn at Butterfly World.

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A New Brunswick Day Trip With Family And Camera

steve and bri and myrtleOur son Steve moved from Moncton to Saskatchewan a couple of years ago to get a job in his field. We have only seen him using Skype so it was great news when I learned he and his fiancée were coming home for a two week visit.

He wanted it to be a big surprise for Jenny (him mom) so I kept the secret for months. So many times I almost let it slip… but I didn’t.

He has been showing off his best girl Bri none stop and taking her to all his best spots. We all went for a day trip last Friday to see some of the sites we love to see like Fundy National Park, Dennis Beach and the Underground lake.

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Snapped A Family Photo Before Heading Out

Started With The Underground Lake

underground lakeThe last time Jenny and I were at the Underground lake off she was actually pregnant with Steve, almost 30 years ago. The Underground lake is on a road that is off the Albert Mines road which is just past Hillsborough if you’re coming from Moncton heading in the Fundy Park direction.

I have to say that it was a whole lot easier to get to 30 years ago, even though Jenny was 7 or 8 months pregnant at that time. Since then the path has never been taken care of and has eroded to the point it is dangerous. Team work and helping the ladies through the rough spots made it doable.

heading in to the caveWe made it to the Underground lake. As you can see we are now entering the mouth of the cave. It has been almost 30 years since Jenny and I were here and I’m thinking now that we are both 60 it may just be our last time.

We are now remembering muscles we had forgotten we even had.

Steve helped Jenny and Bri down to the mouth of the cave. Fortunately there are some ropes to hold as you go down but they were we and muddy making it tough to hold on but they made it safely as you can see. I stayed up top for a few minutes to take some photos of them getting down there.

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I snapped a few photos inside the cave but of course it was pitch black in there and our flashlights didn’t help much so I found it hard to get a focused image. Should have brought my float-tube so I could have gone further in.

Then it was back to the car to head to our next adventure…

slide fire escape… next stop was the old school at Riverside Albert. You don’t see old style schools like this much anymore. The school even has a separate entrance for boys and girls at opposite ends of the school. Plus they have two old style tube slides as fire exits. Loved those as a kid many moons ago.

We looked around and then just took a little time out to play on the merry-go-round thingy. Bri and Jenny took a few minutes to use the swings and then it was on to the Crooked Creek lookout.

Just before we left the school I thought it would have been cool to take a slide down from the top just for old time sake. It has been 40 years or more since I slide down one of these old fire escapes.

Crooked Creek And The Lookout

crooked creek lookoutThe Crooked Creek lookout is at Riverside Albert and just two minutes from the old school there and such a gorgeous spot to look out over the creek and surrounding hills. I visit this lookout a lot and in the 30 years I have lived in New Brunswick I have never gotten bored with the view.

The photo on the right is zoomed in on a section of Crooked Creek which we drove to after leaving the lookout.

This is one of the first locations I fished when I visited New Brunswick back in 1974. Lovely trout in this brook.

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In the image above you can see the spot I zoomed in on for the previous image. It’s about 2 kilometers away.

walking through the treesSteve drove as far down the old road that follows the river as we could go. Rains had washed out the road around a culvert and our rental car was too low to the ground to get over it so we walked the rest of the way to the spot we wanted to see. Beautiful road with plenty of trees shading us as we walked.

As we walked we could see the creek and hear the water which is such a nice sound. The spot we were walking to was more opening and we didn’t have to walk through the forest to get there.

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Crooked Creek – Riverside Albert

After little bit of skipping stones and exploring we heading on to our first visit to Dennis Beach off Route #915

Our First Time At Dennis Beach

dennis beachSteve used to tell us how much he and his friend Robin loved Dennis beach but Jenny and I had never even seen it. We always went to Cape Enrage and then on to Fundy Park so he took Bri, Jenny and myself to Dennis Beach and it was amazing.

By the time we arrived it was already quite hot and from the top of the cliff we were on we could see mist coming off the wet sand. Very cool but hard to get in a photo from this height and distance away.

We parked at the top of a high sand and stone cliff where we had a choice of taking the easy way down or to go down the cliff. We all decided to go down the cliff. I went first and once I was done I had wished someone had taken a video because it was so much fun and just a tad risky.

Steve came down next but at only half the speed I went down. Then Bri slide down on her behind while Jenny stood up and followed her down… very slowly. Very very slowly. I guess you ladies as well as 60 year old ladies shouldn’t try running down this cliff side.

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I got a few shots of Steve flying down the side of this rather steep hill but could only get half the hill in the shot but I am sure you can see how this could be a lot of fun as well as a little scary looking down from the top.

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Bri on her butt and Jenny walking behind her.

I personally enjoyed this beach more than any other beach I have been on in New Brunswick but for me it’s all about the scenery and beauty.

The tide was fully out and mist was coming up off the hot wet sand which is where Bri and Steve headed immediately as Bri has never seen or been in the ocean. She is from Saskatchewan and it is a long drive to any ocean.

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A long walk when it’s low tide at Dennis Beach

jenny eatingI was more intrigued by all the rock formations and the stony parts of the beach. Plus a few years ago Steve had taken a some photos of a little waterfall coming down over the rocks so I knew that was where I wanted to go.

Jenny decided it was a great time to sit on a rock for a few minutes so she could eat something to build up her energy reserves.

Within a few minutes Jenny as well as Steve and Bri looked like little dolls on the beach. I zoomed in on Jenny and hollered load enough to get her attention so she would look my way.

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tide coming inBy the time we were done exploring the beach, rocks and cliffs the tide had started coming back in again which always stirs things up in the water making it look like a big chocolate drink. Mmmm

Bri and Steve got to the ocean just before it changed direction so they got to see it while it was still clear water.

We still had a big part of the day left and needed to be on our way to Fundy National Park so Bri, Steve and Jenny climbed way up a huge rock formation to wave goodbye.

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Well that was a big part of our day but I think this post is a bit long so the rest will be in the next post telling you how our trip to Fundy National Park was.

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Walked To Hall’s Creek Trail in Moncton

halls creek trail signSpring fever has me wandering all over the Moncton area with my camera in hand to see all the life come back after our long icy cold winter. The warmer it gets the further I am walking.

Yesterday, May 22nd, I walked to a location I could see water and was curious to see if I could find some waterfowl. I first saw this location from about 2 kilometers away using my zoom lens.

I saw a few ducks swimming around the little cove as well as two Canada geese. Didn’t see any babies so I guess they are just getting their families started for this spring.

When I came out of the spot I had seen at a distance a few weeks ago I decided to walk a little further up the road to see around the next bend where I had seen a bigger pond or cove.

Started walking to the bigger pond but saw the entrance to Hall’s Creek Trails and had to check it out. Perhaps the fact it was an opportunity to get out of the direct sunlight for a while may have been a factor.

So glad I found this spot and will return again soon.

Here are a few photos I took while walking this trail starting with this moss covered tree stump. A closer look and you might just see a green eyed monster hiding in there.

Saw a couple of mallard ducks on the creek but there were too many small trees and branches blocking them from a good photo so I let them be.

This is a great trail to see how Mother Nature recycles things in the forest and by that I mean things growing there and not trash some people leave behind.

baldheadedeagleinflightI walked down to the brook to checkout the water and culvert. From the brook I could see into the open area across the brook. I looked up and saw this tiny bald-headed eagle although it’s far from tiny, it was just really far away.

I snapped a few photos while it was making a landing on an old pine tree. I walked a little further along the trail where I found a lookout where I could see that the tree actually was the nesting area for this eagle.

Not the greatest photo I know but it was a beautiful scene watching it come in for a landing. The photo below shows him/her circling first.

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eagle nest in pine treeI couldn’t see a nest at this time but once I walked a little further along the trail and got to the lookout I could see the nest.

I will have to get a little closer without disturbing them and maybe from a higher point of view. I’d love to see both parents and a couple of baby eagles.

But that adventure will have to be another day as I was already getting to the point of exhaustion plus I had only brought two cookies and a bottle of water so I was getting quick hungry.

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Shediac Cape New Brunswick Mid January

casey on the iceNew Brunswick has already had its share of snow and ice as well as a deep freeze that lasted a couple of weeks. This was followed by a mild break which melted a lot of snow and helped get the ice off the sidewalks and streets.

My friend Casey appearing in the photo on the left gave me a call and we went for a drive out to Shediac Cape to see how the ice was out there and to see if anybody was fishing yet.

The sky was clear of any clouds and a very bright blue making it hard to see without my sunglasses on. Couldn’t have asked for a better day as the temperature was quite comfortable.

There was no wind either so the guys who might normally be in their fish huts just drilled holes in the ice outside their hut and were sitting out there fishing from lawn chairs. They already had a few dozen smelt.

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smelt faceAfter a few pictures and a bit of watching we left and drove a little further on up the road to see if there were other fish huts out. Then we headed back home with plans to come back the following day, which we did.

The smelts are between 6 and 8 inches so I zoom in on one of them to show you the golden colour the sun was causing as it hit them. Otherwise they are more of a silver colour.

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The fish hut above caught our eye as it looks pretty cool. I imagine this was going to be hauled out on the ice Friday night after work or maybe early Saturday morning to get ready for a day of ice fishing.

We headed back the following day which was extremely foggy and bit chillier as a result but fortunately there was still now wind or it could have been uncomfortable fishing on the ice.

ice fishing augerCasey brought his ice auger and in just a couple of minutes we each had a hole made in the ice and started setting up for some smelt fishing.

I bought an ice fishing rig the previous day but didn’t realize the difference slightly bigger hooks would have on the numbers of smelt caught. Meaning I was catching anything with my new rig.

Casey offered me one of his rigs a couple of times but I was determined to catch something on my own rig. Well after a couple of hours with nothing, while Casey was hauling them in one after the other, I decided to take him up on his offer.

I immediately started catching smelt and all was well in my world once more.

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A Foggy Day On French Lake New Brunswick

sunrise through the side window of Casey's truckFishing buddy and good friend Casey Hayward who lives in Hopewell Cape picked me up in Moncton for a day of chain pickerel fishing at French lake New Brunswick just before the sun was suppose to come up.

It was a very foggy morning Thanksgiving morning and we had an hour and a half drive ahead of us before we reached French lake. It’s foggy mornings like this one that makes me happy we have so many divided highways. No dealing with oncoming traffic.

After driving in the dark and thick fog for about a half hour I saw the sun trying to break through the fog behind us. I couldn’t get a picture through the windows to the back but after a few minutes we turned a bend in the road and I could see the sun through the side window in the back.

sunrise through the side window of Casey's truck

Glad it was Casey driving as I would have been way too distracted by the fog, trees and sun. I would want to be stopping every time I saw something I wanted to take a picture of and we’d never get any fishing done.

IMG_4101We drove through fog most of the way but periodically there would be a clear spot like the one on the left. By this time the sun was up and I could see it hitting the tops of trees.

You can also see in the picture that our clear view wasn’t going to last more than a few seconds.

The image below gives you a better view of how huge this bank of fog looked just before the picture on the left.

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Strange the fog wasn’t in low lying areas.

This next image is why I love fog. I took this picture in the ‘passenger’s side view window’ as I wasn’t driving. The sun is barely showing though the fog but it made for a fun photo, but that’s just my personal opinion.

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Finally we were on the road that leads to the boat launch we use to get to French lake and we started looking for deer as it’s apple season for deer and there are apple trees along this road. Just before we reached the launch we saw 6 or 7 whitetail deer crossing the road into a grassy field where they had quick access to the woods.

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Not the best image but it was foggy.

The rest of our day was spent fishing for Chain Pickerel and was the best day of fishing I had all year and I’ve had a few good days.

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A Beautiful Autumn Day on the Water at Mactiquac, New Brunswick

canadagooseMy fishing buddy Casey is on a muskie fishing adventure at the moment with the muskie club he belongs to . I wish him and his partner for the day Ron the best of luck. Would be nice to see Casey with a first place prize.

A week ago today, so last Sunday, we headed to Mactiquac to fish The Arm for some muskie. Even though we didn’t get any muskies we had the best day on the water with lots of sun and zero clouds.

100_0416A great way to end September. I guess I should add that I caught and landed the only fish which was a fat little smallmouth bass which was gently returned to the water.

The drive was gorgeous with lots of colour changes happening in many of the trees along the way plus there was fog in most of the low lying areas making from some great shots without any fog on the road. Some fog was following the roads crossing bridges above our heads, which looked very cool.

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Between the time we left my house and the time we arrived at the boat launch I had already taken 136 pictures of leaves changing colour, water reflections and fog that we saw along the way.

Some Memories Along The Way

We already had leaves starting to change colour here in Moncton but as soon as we were out of Moncton where the road sides are lined with trees we saw a whole lot more colour going on. This is when I like having someone else do the driving so I can take pictures.

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Leaving Moncton Heading For The TransCanada Highway

Berry’s Mill road heading to the TransCanada highway with the sun rising behind us. It wasn’t long before we were crossing the Canaan river bridge. I take a picture every time we pass over this river. Love seeing it when the water is like a mirror.

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On the way back home Casey laughed as we crossed this bridge again and said ‘There’s picture 139 of the Canaan river’ which is probably right on as I take a picture every time we go over this bridge. I have pictures of one side in the morning and the other side in the evening.

Fog In The Lowlands

We passed a lot of fog on our way but didn’t have to go through any that was on the road which is just the way I like it. All the beauty without the danger.

As we were zooming along past Oromocto and Saint John river we could see that the fog was a thick cloud on and over the river making a definite separation between the trees. We don’t usually see anything here but trees.

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Easy to see where the river is when there’s fog

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The Mactaquac Turn Off For Highway #102

Greeted By The Sound of Canada Geese Sounding Off In The Fog

canadagooseAs we were driving over the dam I looked down to my right, way down, and there was no fog at all but to my left the water had a big cloud of fog going from shore to shore.

We arrived at the launch, got out of the truck and immediately hit by the sound of silence. Complete silence isn’t something most people ever get to enjoy so it’s a special thing in such a noisy world.

We heard another truck with a boat come in behind us and then it was back to total quiet well until we heard the honking of a Canada Goose. Then there was honking about every 10 seconds until a lone Canada goose floated out of the fog into view.

We still hear more honking as a second goose exited the fog, then another and yet another goose. I think they were sounding off to keep in touch with each other when they couldn’t see each other. When they were all in view there were four geese all just a few yards from each other in single file.

canada geese in the fog

We chatted a bit with the other two guys seeing what they were up to for the day and then we launched Casey’s boat into the fog.

The fog didn’t last long and less than an hour the only thing left of the fog was some mist floating over the water like in the image below.

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looking through culvertThis is one of the culverts that allow us access to The Mactaquac Arm and was kind of cool going through to the other side.

When we first started fishing the water was very calm with not a whisper of a breeze blowing. Very pretty everywhere you looked with lots of trees and cottages reflecting in the water. Like the hidden cottage in trees reflecting in the water.

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Even though it didn’t get windy it wasn’t long before a breeze was on the water and the great reflections disappeared. However nothing was going to stop the colours that had already begun showing on the trees.

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We only saw a couple of boats on the water all morning. The two guys that arrived at the same time we did and another that had launched further up from us. After lunch when the temperature was higher other boaters appeared on the water. People wanting to get in just one more day before it would be too cold.

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A Day of Fishing And Riverside Beauty

casey's striperMy friend and fishing buddy Casey heard they were catching lots of striped bass on the Richibucto river at Rexton, New Brunswick.

We weren’t able to drop everything and head there immediately. It took us a couple of days so when we got there the stripers, most of them, had already moved up river.

We both managed to catch a couple of stripers each and the fact this was my first time striped bass fishing I was very happy just to get one so I could see it up close. Very cool looking fish. My wife saw the picture and said, ‘it has stripes.’. She’s so cute.

Beautiful Richibucto River Bank

eroding river bankWe spent the day trying to find the stripers but I didn’t just sit there wondering. I had my camera and took lots of pictures of the beautiful surroundings. By the end of our day I had taking almost 600 pictures and used up two batteries, rechargeable of course.

I have fished a lot of places in New Brunswick but have never seen rocks eroding in this manner. Makes for the ideal shoreline for striped bass and lots of pictures.

Even though I have lived in New Brunswick for more than thirty years I have never seen a lobster boat on the water dropping lobster traps. At one point we were so close to the boat I could have easily snagged a trap with my fishing line.

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Lobster Boat Richibucto River

seagullsWe saw plenty of seagulls flying around and bobbing on the waves. At one point I was bringing my line in because I had weeds on it. The seagulls thought it was dinner and started diving towards it. They never actually hit the water. As soon as they realized it was weeds the turned away. Was fun watching them.

Seagulls don’t take long to realize there’s a free meal because when one seagull thought he was bait fish on the surface he wasn’t along for long. They just seemed to appear out of thin air.

chaletLots of cottages, trailers and gorgeous homes along the river. Some dwarf others while some were so hidden in behind the trees they were almost invisible. But each one had at least one spot through the trees for a view of the river.

There were many cottages high above the water with steps that would wear an old guy like me out before I ever reached the top. Okay if they had the BBQ going it would be much easier.

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Then there were cottages that were down where the water was like this one that looks pretty cool and gets an excellent view of the river.

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Some cormorants practicing diving for dinner.

There was about a dozen cormorants on this launch pad. As we got close and close one at a time they took to the air. Very cool to watch as seagulls and other birds tend to lift off at the same time. You can see the cormorant on the right is about to take off next but paused for the camera.

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New Brunswick Covered Bridges We Saw In One Day

Jenny and I live in Moncton and really don’t need a car for most things, although come grocery day it would be nice. Jenny is on vacation now so it’s the perfect time to get out of Moncton and visit some favourite spots, like Fundy National Park. Neither of us has been to Kent Hills Wind Farm, so we did that too, on a foggy day.

I do like covered bridges. We saw four over the two days we had the car. You can read about the Wolfe Point covered bridge here. So today I just want to show you the other three covered bridges we saw.

Right at Riverside Albert there is a horse riding stable and just before that is a covered bridge. You can park there and walk through it and explore but you can’t drive through this one.

This is Sawmill Creek covered bridge built in 1905.

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Hey get out of my picture lady. Oh sorry Jenny. Ha Ha

Getting a little closer to Fundy Park there is another covered bridge. It’s on Midway road to your left when driving to Fundy and it’s a little ways down the road so it is easy to miss driving by at 80Km/hr.

The two smaller pictures are looking out windows on each side of the covered bridge. Would have loved to have my fly rod with me. No wind at all and beautiful looking trout water.

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IMG_3178 river view from covered bridge

After that we had lunch in Alma and then went into Fundy to walk the Wolfe Point trail to the beach.

Yesterday we went to the Kent Hills Wind Farms. On the way there on route 114 just a short distance after Riverview is a covered bridge as well. Not one you can drive through but you can walk through it.

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Up until the causeway gates were opened permanently I used to fish this area which was Lake Petit. Had some good times. Curious to see how the restoration goes in the future.

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Visited Kent Hills Wind Farm In The Fog

wind turbine in the fogJenny and I headed out to visit Kent Hills Wind Farm on our last day with the car so it was either go or miss it, even though it looked like it was going to be a rainy day like the forecast said.

First, don’t trust Google Maps to get you there because they are wrong and you end up looking at a ATV trail that’s just not meant for cars. We had to turn back and ask a local for directions. We were miles away from them but with a little direction we were there in no time at all.

When we reached the top of the hill where the sign was for Kent Hills Wind Facility we stopped and got out of the car. I looked back down the road we just came up and looked around to see if we could see any wind turbines.

We saw nothing, remember that…

We got back in the car and continued up the road we had turned onto. When we reached the top of that hill we pulled around a turn and stopped to figure out which direction we should be going.

That’s when Jenny looked out the passenger’s side window and saw the huge blade come out of the fog. What a unique experience and quite scary. It was accompanied by the most intimidating Whooosh sound.

IMG_3398Every few minutes the wind would pick up and the fog would move. Just as this happened we saw another huge turbine just up the road in front of us. This time we could see multiple blades.

I asked Jenny to walk up the road a little so I could get a shot with her and the turbine. The wind had her hair standing up straight so it looked like she was scared half to death. The wind and that sound in the fog made me very nervous.

I was still enjoying my self, a lot.

I have seen documentaries on the wind turbine and lots of pictures but until you are standing next to one you have no idea. So impressive and massive that I’m still amazed today.

I don’t know how many turbines there are because of the fog but we saw more than a dozen in the short distance we drove into the farm.

Remember I asked you to remember the view from when we arrived and the fact we saw no turbines, well on the way out there were four turbines on the hill that we didn’t see on the way in.

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There are four turbine in this view but I had to go back quite a ways to get them in the picture. They were much closer than they look but they were only visible for a couple of minutes before the fog covered them up again.

Here are a few of the pictures I took while we were there. I started with the first picture I took when we arrived and it’s the same view as the picture above. Once the fog lift, on our way home we saw the four turbines on that hill.

looking back
Couldn’t see anything when we looked the first time.

It would have been nice to have a clear day and see all the turbines from miles away but I have to say it was a most unique experience to see them come into view out of the fog as we drove up the road. Almost mystical actually.

In the next picture the turbine looked like it was right in the road as we came up the hill and it came out of the fog.

turbine in road

IMG_3431The thing is these wind turbines are so big that you can’t just walk up to them and take their picture because you would only be a view like this. So we had to be at quite a distance away to get a full view like this one.

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Close Up On The Ridge We Were We  Saw Nothing But Fog

We will definitely return, plus we know the way to get there now, on a day that’s not so foggy. I wonder if it will seem as mystical then?

We had the car for two days and chose to go to Fundy National Park the first day because we would be hiking and the weather forecast was for a clear day with the second day having possible thunderstorms. We hiked the Wolfe Point trail and had the perfect experience so it was worth seeing the wind turbines in the fog.

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