The time is fast approaching for me to leave New Brunswick and take up my new position as Research Coordinator at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. This is likely my last post on this website, which I will maintain as an archive of my experiences in the Maritimes over the last 7 years. A heartfelt thank you to everyone I met along the way. I've had so many rewarding experiences here I feel as if I've lived a lifetime already. Hope to see you on the west coast!
I'm a little late in getting to this post. The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activity as we prepare to move across the country to our new home on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. More on that a little later…
Grand Manan Island is one of our favourite spots in New Brunswick; Hana and I have visited it together every year and we wanted to make sure we made one last trip before we left the province. It's a rugged, beautiful, and moody place with wonderful light—a photographer's dream. Lots of fine trails to explore, too.
Red Point Trail is a short hike through part of Anchorage Provincial Park near Seal Cove. Views across the bay toward Wood Island can be seen early on the trail as it winds through low alder bushes. Continuing through mixed woods, one can catch occasional glimpses of the island's two main geological formations—red sedimentary rock and younger, gray volcanic rock—before dropping down to Long Pond Beach.
Our second day on the island saw us tackle something a little longer—a hike out towards Eel Lake, thought to be the crater of an old volcano. Our 20-year-old hiking guide described the trail as an "old woods road", but we soon discovered a lot of more recent logging activity in the mixed woods. Parts of the trail are quite overgrown with many offshoots, making the use of a compass necessary. Negotiating ruts and slippery snowmelt mud, we finally stumbled on a cabin at the end of the trail, where we paused for lunch.
Our final day took us by ferry to White Head Island, named for its white quartz headland. We followed the Battle Beach trail towards the lighthouse and beach at Sandy Cove, stopping along the way to explore the edge of a bog and "sunken forest" ecosystem, and trying—unsuccessfully—to locate a local geocache, although we found lots of other treasure, as you can see from the shots.
Some thoughts on teaching, learning, and the process of communication. Posts on these pages are collected under the following categories:
Ambience: a grab-bag of words, sounds, and pictures.
Projects: completed works and works-in-progress.
School: items of educational interest.