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sign: Hopewell Rocks

Hopewell Rocks
(there are a lot of photos on this page - please be patient while the photos load)

The two RV Gypsies visited Hopewell Rocks two days in a row, August 25 and August 26, 2011. One day was cloudy and the other day a bit sunnier - this plus different times of day, different sun angles (if any sun), and the use of two different cameras causes photos of the same area to look quite different in each photo.

entrance to Hopewell Rocks
sing about the huge rocks
sign - Daniels flats

Lookout #1 - Daniel Flats - Later the two RV Gypsies will actually walk on Demoiselles Beach which is just in front of Daniels Flats - (those photos are towards the end of this page)

Daniels Flats at Hopewell Rocks
Daniels Flats at Hopewell Rocks
sign - Diamond Rock

Diamond Rock as seen from the lookout

Diamond Rock as seen from the lookout
Diamond Rock as seen from the lookout

Diamond Rock as seen from walking on the beach

Diamond Rock as seen from walking on the beach
sign - Big Cove
sign about Big Cove

Big Cove as seen from the lookout

Big Cove as seen from the lookout
Big Cove as seen from the lookout

Big Cove as seen from the stairs down to the beach

Big Cove as seen from the stairs

Big Cove as seen from walking on the beach

Big Cove as seen from walking on the beach
Big Cove as seen from walking on the beach

Two two RV Gypsies heard some say that they counted the steps down as 96 steps. Each day the two RV Gypsies did walk down these stairs to get to the beach, but each day they found a different way off the beach. The first day, they climbed over big rocks to get to Demoiselles Beach (that was difficult). The second day they walked a distance behind these stairs and found a short set of stairs up to a parking lot.

As the yellow sign and clock below states, everyone MUST be off the beach by a certain time or they will find themselves under water. Later on down this page there is a photo of an emergency platform. One of the rangers told the two RV Gypsies that once an Australian was stranded there for six hours waiting to be rescued.

clock and sign warning
96 stairs down to the beach

Upon reaching the bottom of the stairs, the two RV Gypsies looked back at the staircase.

Looking back at the stairs
sign - Flowerpots

Big rocks with trees on top are known as Flower Pots. Although the flowerpot rocks come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, they all have been formed over million of years by the dynamic movements of the earth and erosion form glaciers, tides, ice and winds. There are several different flower pots on the beach, each with different shapes. Below is first view of Flower Pots as seen from the landing on the stairs.

Karen Duquette on the stairs
looking down from the staircase
flowerpots
flower pots

Flower pots as seen from the beach. This is the most famous and most photographed set of Flower Pots on this beach.

famous flower pots

Now the two RV Gypsies stood under the Flower Pots that seen in the photo above. The first set of photos were taken with the photographer's back to the water.

the two RV Gypsies
Lee Duquette

The photos shown below were taken with the photographer facing the water.

Lee Duquette
Lee Duquette
Karen Duquette
Karen Duquette

The two RV Gypsies walked towards the area behind the stairs. Lee thought the rock formation looked like a dinosaur's head.

dinosaur's head
dinosaur's head
dinosaur's head

Another Flower Pot rock

Flower Pot rock
the two RV Gypsies
Flower Pot rock
Flower Pot rock
Flower Pot rock
seaweed

Another Flower Pot rock

Flower Pot rock
Flower Pot rock
Flower Pot rock
Flower Pot rock
Big Cove
Big Cove
Big Cove
moss and seaweed
a stuck small rock

Use your imagination and see the face on this rock

face on a rock

The below photos have people in them and shows how big these formations actually are.

hole in the rock
Lee Duquette at Hopewell Rocks
Hopewell Rocks
Hopewell Rocks
Lee Duquette at Hopewell Rocks
Lee Duquette at Hopewell Rock
Lee Duquette at Hopewell Rock

This formation looked different each time the two RV Gypsies moved just a few inches. In the first photo below, there was an opening between the two rocks. In the second photo, the two rocks appeared to be lightly touching at one point only.

candle formation at Hopewell Rocks
candle formation at Hopewell Rocks

In the photo below, it appeared that the two rocks touched more firmly and the opening resembled a candle flame. They really don't touch each other. It is all a matter of where the two RV Gypsies stood to take the photos.

candle formation at Hopewell Rocks

Lee thought the rock formation below resembled an elephant's butt with a glob of poop stuck in the butt. LOL

elephant's butt

Lee thought this formation resembled King Kong

King Kong
King Kong

Notice that "King Kong" looks to be of a different coloration in each of these three photos. That must be because they were taken on different days, with different sun lighting, and two different cameras. The bottom photo is the actual color that all of the rock formations appeared in the eyes of the two RV Gypsies.

King Kong

Time for photos of the beach and the water itself. Actually, this is not a beach - it is just low tide. and at high tide all of this area that the two RV Gypsies have been walking on is under water.

Lee Duquette and low tide at Hopewell Beach
the brown water
browan water and mud
browan water and mud
seaweed and rocks
design in the mud
design in the mud

This rock formation looked like a FACE

Lee Duquette and the face
the face
the face
the face
the face
the face
 
Hopewell Rocks
Hopewell Rocks
Hopewell Rocks
Hopewell Rocks
Hopewell Rocks
Demoiselles Beach

The emergency platform on a high pile of rocks - in case someone is stupid enough to get caught here at high tide. The wait would be many hours before rescue and the waves would certainly splash over the platform getting the idiot wet. There is no exit from the emergency platform during high tide.

emergency platform
emergency platform

A ranger told the two RV Gypsies that since the rocks were dry today, they could climb over these rocks as a shortcut to Demoiselles Beach and that way they would not have to take the long walk back to the big staircase because they could exit the area from Demoiselles Beach. It was impossible to walk around these rocks, so the two RV Gypsies decided to climb over the rocks. What they did not realize is that there were a LOT more rocks other than the few they saw here. It was not an easy climb.

emergency platform and the rocks
emergency platform and the rocks
Lee Duquette on the rocks at Hopewell Rocks

After climbing over the rocks, it was necessary to walk in a bit of mud before coming to the area shown below.

Hopewell Rocks
Hopewell Rocks

After rounding the corner, a look back at the formation.

Hopewell Rocks
Lee Duquette at Hopewell Rocks
Hopewell Rocks
Hopewell Rocks

Finally, Demoiselles Beach and the Mud Flats. These are the same mud flats as seen from the first observation deck at the beginning of this page.

Demoiselles Beach and the Mud Flats
Demoiselles Beach and the Mud Flats
Demoiselles Beach and the Mud Flats
Demoiselles Beach and the Mud Flats
Demoiselles Beach and the Mud Flats
Demoiselles Beach and the Mud Flats
mud flats
mud flats
mud flats
Demoiselles Beach and the Mud Flats
Demoiselles Beach and the Mud Flats
mud flats
mud flats
mud flats
mud flats
mud flats
mud flats

After exiting the beach, the two RV Gypsies saw the sign with the name of the beach.

sign - Demoiselles beach

The end of a perfect day

Karen Duquette at Hopewell Rocks
the two RV Gypsies at Hopewell Rocks

Walking the path through the woods to return to their truck, the two RV Gypsies saw an observation deck that actually gave a view of the RV park they were staying in and could see their RV, known as AWO which stands for "All We Own" (since they don't own nor rent a home anywhere).

the RV of the two RV Gypsies
the RV of the two RV Gypsies

On day two at Hopewell Rocks, the two RV Gypsies marvelled that the big rock with pebble formations all over was still the same as it appeared yesterday. After all, this rock was completely UNDER WATER at high tide during the evening.

rocks

On day two at Hopewell Rocks, , the two RV Gypsies walked the area behind the staircase down (remember the 96 steps at the beginning of this page) and eventually came to a very short staircase leading to a parking lot. At the top of this shorter staircase, they loved the pattern of the area below.

mud patterns
mud patterns

Then the two RV Gypsies had to take turns cleaning the mud off their sneakers.

cleaning mud off the shoes

Then the two RV Gypsies walked through the parking lot that was at the top of the stairs, stopped for an ice cream at the concession stand, then walked past the original set of 96 steps, and back onto the original path in the woods to their truck in the bigger parking lot.

look belowThe two RV Gypsies visited 10 areas of New Brunswick listed in the menu below. You may view them in any order you wish. (The page you are on has been grayed out (not underline) and cannot be chosen from here. There is also a link to PEI below.

 

bullet Campobello Island


bullet Saint John, New Brunswick

bullet REVERSING FALLS - the phenomenon known as the reversing falls: outflowing rivers flowing back upstream as the tide comes in.

bullet Wolastoq Park in Saint John

bullet Village of Saint Martins
& Sea Caves

 bullet The Fundy Trail

bullet Cape Enrage

bullet Ponderosa Pines Campground (before and during Tropical Storm Irene) and a resident groundhog

bullet Scenic Mary's Point Loop
-Shipyard Heritage Park &
Anderson Hollow Lighthouse

bullet Hopewell Rocks - the Bay of Fundy's Flowerpot Rocks
- sculpted by the highest tides in the world

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see more adventures of the two RV Gypsies in CanadaAfter you have seen all 10 of the sections above - Continue on to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies 2011 travels in Canada - Prince Edward Island