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Fall Foliage Cruise — New Brunswick; Reversing Falls


Reversing Falls — outbound flow

On October 15, 2019 Adventure of the Seas sailed into the Bay of Fundy and made port in the city of Saint John, New Brunswick. Here we caught up with a really great tour guide — Diane Howarth of Go Fundy Tours:

Diane Howarth of Go Fundy Tours

First stop, not even outside Saint John yet, was to view the famous Reversing Falls rapids on the Saint John River. Before we get to the Reversing Falls, however, let’s talk a moment about Diane and Go Fundy Tours. Go Fundy Tours is owned by Diane and her husband, so it’s a family affair. This tour was simply magnificent, and one of the best of the entire trip. We wound up visiting several places twice that day, several hours apart. That might sound redundant until you realize that the Bay of Fundy is subject to huge water level swings between high and low tides. This means that the landscape changes dramatically throughout the day.

Reversing Falls, across from Irving Pulp & Paper

One of these changing landscapes is the Saint John River, and the difference between high and low tides causes the rapids here to reverse course, peaking about every six hours, twelve and a half minutes. The pictures you see under cloudy skies were taken at about 7:15 a.m.

Reversing Falls — outbound flow

During this time it was low tide, and the water was flowing dramatically into the Bay of Fundy:

Reversing Falls — outbound flow

In most places around the globe (not to be confused with that exciting mystery novel The Globe), the average swing between high and low tides is 3 feet 3 inches/1 meter. Because of tidal resonance from the funneling effect of the Bay of Fundy, however, here the average is 43 feet/13 meters!

Reversing Falls — outbound flow

To show you the difference, here’s the same area photographed just four hours later, as high tide was starting to flow into the river:

Reversing Falls — inbound flow

But a short one-minute video is probably a bit more dramatic, so:

One last look before heading off to our next Go Fundy Tours stop with Diane Howarth:

Crow Island

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Fun Photo Friday — Newfoundland 3


The Bradley J Awaits

Our final images of Newfoundland, and a conclusion to our series on visiting the Baltic and transiting the North Atlantic:

Standing Tall

Kathy Michelle II, Petty Harbour

Sitting on ‘The Gut’ (name for Quidi Vidi Harbour)

“At the 3:05 tone the time will be 3:26”

Quidi Vidi Trio

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Transatlantic — Last Look Newfoundland and End of Voyage


Cape Spear

It’s been quite a while since I started this series on our back-to-back voyages aboard Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas. Part 1 ran from March 18 through July 19, and took you to many destinations throughout the Baltic. I started running Part 2, showing you our transatlantic crossing, way back on July 22, and this week’s Fun Photo Friday will conclude that series as our final destination was disembarkation from Vision of the Seas in Bayonne, New Jersey.

St. John’s Harbour

I hope you enjoyed this series and found it both informative and entertaining.

St. John’s Court House, Water Street

These back-to-back voyages took place in 2017. My next series will be a bit more current, having taken place this past October on a fall foliage cruise that started with us staying in Montreal for a couple of nights, then taking a train to catch our cruise ship in Quebec, then sailing through the Maritime Provinces, two ports of call in Maine, a brief stopover in Boston, and then a repositioning of the ship to Fort Lauderdale with a stop at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. From there, we’ll rent a car and take you up the west coast of Florida with stays on Captiva Island and at a historic, recently renovated (and physically moved!) inn near Clearwater.

Cape Spear

So, hopefully, we’ll begin this fall foliage series next week.

St. John’s Court House, Water Street

Interspersed with that new series will also be some gun reviews and articles, as I’ve been neglecting my fellow firearms enthusiasts for some time now. So, if you tune in to my blog for those articles, be patient. In upcoming articles we’ll be looking at a pre-war Smith & Wesson K-22 Outdoorsman; a trio of Russian Mosin-Nagants, including a pristine M44 carbine version from 1945; and perhaps I’ll finally get around to range testing that almost mint W+F Bern K31.

St. John’s

Please stop by on this week’s Fun Photo Friday for one last series of St. John’s-area favorites and a conclusion to our twin Baltic-Transatlantic Adventures. Until then I shall leave you with these final two images:

Cape Spear Old Lighthouse

St. John’s

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