The beaver pond in Mactaquac Provincial Park.
We are in the dog days of summer here in New Brunswick this past week. It is so hot and humid with temperatures hitting 33C with a humidex of 44C. That's over 90F for my American friends. I know it's not like you get for 2 or 3 months but when you're not used to it it's HOT! We'll survive. It won't last much longer and before too long we'll be complaining of the chill in the air. I'm actually loving it as I don't like the cold at all.
Anyway, a week ago my friend and I went for two different hikes on two beautiful summer days in the local Mactauqac Provincial Park. The first day we did a lovely trail that has been repaired a lot after Tropical Storm Arthur blew through in July 2014 and knocked down thousands of trees in the park alone. The trails were pretty well ruined in spots and had to be rebuilt which is very expensive and labour intensive.
They have spread wood chips from the trees several inches deep all through this trail which has also been widened. You still have to watch your footing for roots sticking up though.
This is a bridge built from some of the trees that were felled in the storm.
The Little Mactaquac Stream.
On our second day of hiking we decided to do another trail in the park and were warned that there were men working on it so we may not get through in certain spots. We did get a short distance and the trail was blocked so we went back and tried another one called Alex Creek Trail. Well, this is what we saw in that part of the woods. Total destruction! It looks like a tornado went through the trees.
This was part of the trail with the boardwalk blocked by fallen trees.
This footbridge over Alex Creek was just a bit tippy. A large cedar tree on the other end blew down and the roots lifted that end right up.
After climbing over trunks and roots and broken bridges we decided to head back. There was no way we were going to get any farther on this trail. So we drove back to the Beaver Pond trail and tried it from the other end. We came across some men cutting the fallen trees for firewood for the park's campground and then some other men were rebuilding the trail with an excavator. They've put in new boardwalks over the swampy wet areas but the walking was really rough and we could hardly look up as we had to watch every step we took so as not to fall.
The funny thing was we walked through and ended up on the other side of the spot where we had to turn around as it was blocked off due to the work going on. We kind of chuckled that we had made it through the trail we weren't supposed to be on.
After all that trudging over uneven ground we stopped here for a rest at the beaver pond. The beaver lodge is on that little island in the middle.
This is what I would call a 'corduroy road' like the first settlers would have built over boggy areas. The trees were cut and laid out with mud packed in. They will eventually add a layer of wood chips on this whole trail like they did the one in the other part of the park. This is a work in progress and I believe were were the first to venture through it. We chatted with the men that were working and I think they were surprised we made it through and back again. :)
This rock formation was rather interesting. The work crews 'uncovered' it while they were cutting the fallen trees. It was a very long rock - about 300 feet - like a heave in the earth no higher than what you see here and about 10 feet wide. It almost looked like petrified wood. I don't know if anyone knows how it came to be. Perhaps Furry Gnome of the blog Seasons in the Valley might know as he is somewhat of a geology expert who writes about the Beaver Valley where he lives in southern Ontario. If you haven't visited his blog you should pop by as he shares beautiful photos and a wealth of information.
An Eastern White Pine tree that has survived many a storm.
We arrived at the end of our hike quite tired but elated that we made it through the rough trail.
I see some fall colours in this view already and the cattails are formed.
It was great to get out and do some hiking in our local park and also great that the cleanup and restoration work is being done to the trails there.
We've had some wonderful sunsets and sunrises lately too.
Down at the Mactaquac Causeway one evening in late July.
(I took this photo but there are power lines that drop about halfway down the photo. I shared this one on Facebook and blogger Kathie MacPhee of PEI loved it so much she edited it for me and took out the wires. Thank you Kathie! I really need to learn how to do some editing like that as wires always get in the way as you can see by the sunrise photo below!)
A red rubber ball sunset on Sunday evening after a really hot day.
And a red rubber ball sunrise on Monday morning.
Murray and I got away to St. Andrews by the Sea on Saturday and I'll share those photos with you very soon. It was an escape from the heat but it was quite hot there too. Also, my friends and I took a trip to Fundy National Park on the Bay of Fundy yesterday to hike some trails and to escape the heat, and it was definitely cooler right on the coast that day. Watch for posts on these two trips soon.
Now, I hope to get around and visit some of you. I was sort of caught up last week but got behind the past few days again.
Take care and keep cool my friends. Enjoy these summer days!