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The Rocks Rocked!

Posted by on September 6, 2013
Roz and Manny At Low Tide

Roz and Manny At Low Tide

One of the best things about driving on the roads less traveled are the gems you find along the way. Noticing a sign for Hopewell Rocks on tiny Rte 114 in New Brunswick, I consulted the internet with my trusty iPad and found an amazing natural wonder, one which I didn’t know existed.

Located in the Bay of Fundy, the Flower Pot Rocks are formations of sandstone and conglomerate rock caused by tidal erosion. These otherworldly pillars stand between 40-70 feet tall. The tides are so extreme that at low tide you can walk on the beach amongst these giants, gazing up at the balsam fir and dwarf spruce that grow on top.  Six hours later, at high tide, you can kayak amidst the formations which then almost appear to be islands rising from the sea.

We usually travel at the end of the high season, avoiding crowds whenever possible. Sometimes however, sites are closed, events are over and the weather is less than ideal. This year we decided to get out of Philly during the hot months, which also happens to coincide with the tourist season in most places.

So it was with deep concern that we set off in July for Canada. The Hopewell Rocks was our first real tourist attraction. Although crowded, I am happy to announce that people were respectful of each other, staying out of view while others took pictures, patiently waiting to walk through narrow rivulet channels. Maybe we were all awe-struck at nature, sharing this moment of the tides and time, recognizing the immensity of the natural world and our tiny place within it.

Hopewell Flower Pot Rocks

Hopewell Flower Pot Rocks

21 Responses to The Rocks Rocked!

  1. María Julia Lizarriturri

    Que lugar tan hermoso! Les mando mil besos y sigan disfrutando.

  2. Cindi

    Beautiful! Your photos and narrative convince me to add this to our travel bucket list. 🙂

    “Tourist attractions” created by nature seem to bring out the best in people who arrive to observe and appreciate, don’t they?

  3. Margaret

    Glad you enjoyed them … Don’t you remember our visit there on our 6 month trip?

  4. Manny & Roz

    Email from Roger Olson:

    great blog, but it looks too cold for me….you guys are living it right!

  5. Manny & Roz

    Email from Noreen Simpson:

    Thanks. I envy you! I,too, have been traveling since I retired but would love to be doing what you two are doing. Nice to hear from you again.

  6. Manny & Roz

    Email from Mónica Fernández de Garza:

    Roz y Manolo.

    Que viaje tan increíble, divinos recorridos y la narración es brutal. Sigan disfrutando y reciban un fuerte abrazo

  7. R. Michael Ritter

    Que fabulosa es la madre naturaleza.

  8. lindalitebeing

    wonderful to ” follow you” as you make your way through parts unknown. I have often travelled during the summer and have found it overcrowded and challenging. Yet travel to me at any time is better than no travel at all:) gorgeous photos!

  9. Gene holcomb

    Looks like great fun. Glad you guys were able to get away.

  10. Emily


  11. Steve Longobardi

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful experiences with us.

    Steve and Veronica

  12. milo pontoon

    Great, nostril-filling, bird’s eye reportage. Crisp, inside the gate writing makes you feel the squishy mud at low tide.

  13. Yvonne

    Hi, It has been a long while since I have seen you guys in Locust Point. It is Yvonne, from the LPCA Board. I was shocked to find out you guys were traveling to Nova Scotia as Karen (you have not met) and I are also in Nova Scotia right now. We were on the Lunninberg side and are now in Digby whale watching (we were at Balancing Rock today) and saw some amazing whales today! We leave on Sunday to go back to New Brunswick and onto Grand Manan Island. Glad you are enjoying yourselves. If you like lobster, stop at Reyes on the scenic route between Mahone Bay and Dover. It is only 8.99 per pound and you eat it right at the dock!

  14. Francisco Sunderland

    Mil gracias, Don Manolin. Belleza de lugares y, por supuesto, más seguros que de los de donde te escribo que también tienen sus enormes bellezas. Un abrazo y que lo disfruten más.

  15. Mo

    It looks incredible. Thank you finding the most fascinating places and sharing.

  16. Janet Fensham

    Great scenery!! Most unusual. Enjoy!! I must say you both look super well!!
    Love from la Belle Paris

  17. Margie McCormick

    Love being in your Geography class; I recommend “the Roz & Manny” to all prospective students and your Shop class featuring Serena should not be missed!

  18. Connie

    Thanks for sharing your trip. It looks like you are having a wonderful time in amazing places! Makes me want to put on my traveling shoes and head on out

  19. Rod Bruckdorfer


  20. Manny & Roz

    Email from Liz Bressi Stoppe:

    Loved the story about the serendipity of finding that fabulous rock formation beach. Reminds me very much of Oregon and one of our stories. We were wandering around a little town that had been recommended by someone we met at dinner at our lodge, and wandered into a gift shop, looked at photos on the postcards and found “Face Rock” that we decided we had to see. Turned out to be the most impressive location of our entire trip. Imagine a foggy beach strewn with those rock formations of different sizes and all configured differently, and the fog moving in and out over this alien landscape, Arthur disappearing and reappearing, invisible ocean roaring in the background, caves and tidal pools. Awesome.

  21. reclaimingjill

    I have never been to the rocks — they are magnificent! Since Nova Scotia maybe my first stop on my retirement trip, I will add them in.

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