For the past ten summers, my sisters and I have gone on a camping/glamping trip to New River Beach Provincial Park.
We all have grown kids, many of whom are scattered across the country (and come “home” for summer vacations) so coordinating dates for this trip has always been a bit of a challenge. Naturally, if the “kids” are home, none of us want to lose any of the precious time that we have with them.
Some years we have gone on our trip as early as mid-June and this year it was the last few days in August. Sometimes we stay three nights, other times four or five. We’re pretty flexible and the length of stay is often weather dependent too.
Let’s be honest, whether it’s camping or “glamping”, no one wants to sit in a small space in the rain for days on end! If that ever happened, our wine supply would diminish VERY quickly…lol.
This is one of the “Rustic Shelters” that we have stayed in. As of the last three years they have electricity but there is no water. It’s just an open room with pallets for your air mattresses and a picnic table.
We make simple, but delicious, meals. Talk and laugh the entire trip. Go hiking and for long walks on the beach. Look for sea glass. When there is not a fire ban, we have campfires. Sometimes we’ll even go swimming…but, that water is feeezing cold, so no one stays in for very long.
Enjoying a mimosa on our first morning while waiting for the coffee to do its thing.
Although we’ve never really discussed it, I think the main objectives of the trip are to just relax, bond and build even more memories.
Sometimes our grown daughters will join us for a night or two…trust me, that is always lots of fun!
A couple going for an early evening stroll on the beach. It is almost high tide. The black you see on the beach is seaweed that has washed up on shore during a higher tide or with strong waves.
I took this photo the same day but a bit later and you can see that the tide is in even further than in the previous photo.
These next two photos show the water at low tide. The difference is quite dramatic. This is literally the ocean floor because at high tide all the sandy area you see (called mud flats) will be covered in several feet of water.
This is the same area as the first two beach photos (above) except it is now low tide. The trees in the upper left corner of each of these pictures are the same trees.
The ripples in the sand that you see are formed by the action of the waves on the ocean floor.
A closer look at the ripples formed on the sandy bottom of the ocean floor.
Sunset at the beach. The tide is on its way in.
There was walking in the ocean, beach combing for shells, pretty little rocks, and sea glass. Walking on the mud flats, sitting on the beach, eyes closed, listening to all the activity around me. Reading, campfires, girl talk, and afternoon naps.
I cannot wait to go back!
Have you ever visited New River Beach on the Bay of Fundy or any place in New Brunswick?
Did you know the Bay of Fundy, in New Brunswick has the highest tides in the world? At some times of the year the difference between high and low tide in this Bay is 16.3 meters , taller than a three-story building!