More sights and views from the Fundy National Park. This park is truly vast and beautiful. I've been here many times and yet there's still spots I haven't seen. And the place transforms into a different kind of beauty in the Autumn as well. It would almost feel like a completely different place. Here is a hiking trail that I visited for the first time.
Hopewell Rocks also known as Flower Pot RocksKayak or walk on the seabed.
Come and visit with me ~ The world's highest tides at Hopewell Rocks, Fundy, NB.
Fall in love with Dickson Fall's
or Autumn Beauty
"Where do you want to go?" Hubby asked me the night before we planned to take our dear visiting friend to the National Park. "Dickson Falls!" I replied very quickly and eagerly. "You've been there twice this year already?" was his kind but surprised answer. With a smile of excitement I whispered: "Yes, but it's Autumn! I'm sure it'll look very different." "Oh come, let's take a look at the map and maybe you'll want to go somewhere else this time..." Indeed I found another part of the park I have not visited yet. We planned our route... But guess what? Can't resist Dickson Falls, before you know it... it's still on top of my list.
Summer passed by like a breeze. Time went by so fast...
It was a really great summer though. Hubby and I hosted many friends in our humble home and showed them around our little town. The favorite destination is, of course, the Fundy National Park. O, this park is so vast that it's not possible to see everything in just one day! Our first group of visitors came to Fundy twice and saw different spots in two separate days. There are also many things to try out like horseback riding or kayaking. First, let me show you Bennett Lake.
How did you get up there???
Would you like to try this?
A harness is belted around the body and it is attached through carabiners in a tight rope overhead. It keeps us safe and alive. The guides in the park are very strict and they make sure that these are always used and connected properly. If they spot you above ground with both carabiners on hand, they take you down and you are done for the day... Hey, you're safety's at stake, you know? Then you can set out for the adventure... Ahhh? Is this extreme sports?!? :D
|Training and orientation ~ how to use the equipment, et al.|
|Some obstacle courses are similar to this ~ Swinging Logs|
This adventure is not for the weak willed and those afraid of heights.
(I'm sticking my tongue and looking at you with silly face, hihi :p )
|Now the real thing...|
This is the first and the shortest ladder in the whole course.
|Tight rope walking with some obstacles.|
This part is preeeetty easy :)
It starts with the comfortable distance of a step,
then the planks go further from each other as you reach the center.
I think this is one of the easiest.
Dear Kimchi says, "I'm scared, I want my mommy..." lol... This is really hard and scary, true. But it's also quite fun. You need a lot of upper body strength and you must not be scared of heights. I conquered a lot of fear doing this. Kimchi and I were among the last group of tree-climbers that day. We were the last of that last group. So when she stopped after the third course, I debated continuing on. Should I leave my tourist friend waiting for me on the ground? Am I brave enough to do it alone? It's quite a strenuous course. I knew that the third course have those really cool zip-lines though. And my friend offered to take pictures. The conflict was quickly resolved. I decided to go on and finish the third course and leave the black course (the hardest one) for next time.... Don't feel bad dear, 1/3 of all the visitors give up after the second course as well. And that's 300-400 visitors a day in the summer! The height is quite scary at the beginning. But the adventure and the view makes it all worth it.
As I stand on one of the highest platforms, all I could hear are the leaves moving with the wind, birds and some animals. It was almost eerie. I noticed that there wasn't the usual fear I feel though. Either I yell out "Guide, guide, guide" and I'm done... yup, they come to rescue me and lower me down from any point of the course or.... I keep going. I felt some sort of determination to finish in that time of solitude. As I looked at the Tarzan rope, my nemesis, I took a deep breath, checked my life-lines one more time and jumped! That was easy :) I used to count 1,2,3 many times before I finally jump... After I finished the second zip-line, I heard a noise from the first zip-line. Ngee, I was almost scared 'till I saw the guide flying through, "It's just me" he yelled... "It's good to have company," I said... No more eerie feeling. See, it's truly safe... I finished three courses... will save the black course for next time... maybe when hubby can join. There's a 'spider web' there that's really hard for me :) well, you can cheat and walk the rope instead, but where's the fun in that? hahaha...
I think that I did this course about 3 or 4 times in total now. That doesn't make it any easier and the adventure doesn't diminish. After all, there's about a year gap in between each time I did it. I can say, you really conquer a lot of fear when you finish this course. Your hands will be sore from climbing and holding on the tight rope very tightly but it may give you the motivation you needed to start that long schemed diet and fitness routine. Thinking, "maybe next time I do this, I'd have better endurance and lesser weight..." Okay, that's me thinking out loud (wink). I conclude that Autumn is the best time to do it. The weather's cool and comfortable. There are no bugs! And how about the great, vibrant view of the trees? Yes, the body will be sore the next day. Two days after and I'm still sore. But it was still quite fun! It's a something enjoyable to do when you come to Moncton :)
Last year, volunteers from Toronto and Montreal came to New Brunswick to help us in our important work of reaching ones who are interested in studying the Bible from the Filipino-speaking community. For a break, Hubby and I played tour-guide and took them to the Fundy National Park. As we were enjoying the beautiful scenery, one of our brothers noticed some of us comparing rocks - some smooth, others rough. We found different shapes - egglike, flat, heart, round. He picked up two rocks himself and...
"See these two rocks? Can you tell the difference? One is very fine, very smooth... the other, rough with sharp edges. What made the difference? This (fine) rock, was closer to the shore. The water comes and goes with the tides and smoothens it's surface. Not only that, the rocks rob, collide, hit on each other every time the water comes through, polishing their surfaces. The rough rocks were untouched, left alone for a long long time.
The lesson? We know that God's word the Bible is like water. Regularly being wet by it: reading it daily, studying and meditating on it will polish us - smooth out our rough edges. And what else? Our dear brothers and sisters whom we get in contact with regularly can collide with us. Often, we may rub each other in the wrong way. But we also lift each other up, carry each others' load. When we take these as lessons to learn from and apply them, continuing to love each other and helping one another out despite our differences - we become as fine stones honed by adversity rather than broken by it."
What a delight it is truly to be sharpened by one another."I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples—if you have love among yourselves." ~ John 13:34,35