We left P.E.I. Friday morning and hit the road for Moncton, New Brunswick. We were able to check in quite early at our lovely hotel, the Chateau Moncton, and after settling in briefly, we got back in the car for the 40-minute drive to Hopewell Rocks. Lunch along the way was a bit of an adventure. We first went in the Cinnamon Soul Cafe, where we sat for a good long while without being acknowledged at all. We eventually gave up and left. We were listening to Anne of the Island on audiobook in the car, and we had just gotten to the point where Anne and the girls find out that Patty’s Place is available to let. Well, to our amazement, the next restaurant (and they were few and far between, let me tell you!) was called Patty’s Place! It was clearly kismet, and we had to stop. We both had delicious lobster rolls and then continued on to the Rocks. Mom took the shuttle down to the Rocks, and I took a nice little walk through the woods to get there. Here is the view from the top of the rocks, halfway between low and high tide.
This next picture better shows the chocolate color of the water:
It was really quite a beautiful brown color, if you could look at it not as dirty and more as chocolate milk. We wandered around the ocean floor for a while, then decided to climb back up the stairs well before the time that they make you leave the area. We thought we’d stay for high tide, but it was still a couple of hours away, so we decided to head back to town and watch the tidal effect in the river next to our hotel. Here’s a good picture from the Hopewell Rocks website showing the difference between low and high tide:
The Petitcodiac River in Moncton was right next to our hotel, so we didn’t have to travel far to see it. When the tide was coming in, the water raced upstream at a fast pace. After high tide, you could see the currents fighting in the middle, and after we came back from dinner (an excellent Vietnamese meal), the river was flowing the proper direction again, to the bay. It was very cool. Here are a couple of river pictures: