Sunday, December 28, 2008

Inkerama


Photo of the Tidal Bore, Moncton by © Dr. Roger Slatt, University of Oklahoma

The title was a word verification I had to use on a blog. What a great word!

As luck would have it, I didn't get a good night's sleep. Quite a party next door to me in the hotel which involved many comings and goings of female and male voices, door slammings, bottle breakages and a lot of moaning about turning thirty which continued on till 4 a.m.

I don't complain about noise when I'm the last room on the block and adjacent to the party animal house. Such non-compos mentis drunks can inflict an awful lot of damage on one's car in revenge (deflated tires, key dragging) and how to prove it? Suck it up. So that's what I did while ensuring today that no one was reserving this particular room tonight after informing the management.

Moncton/Dieppe is a twin city area which, amongst other attractions, involves a tidal bore:

A scenic phenomenon caused by the surging Bay of Fundy tides, the highest in the world, the Bore occurs twice daily. The higher waters in the Bay cause the water in the placid Petitcodiac River to roll back upstream in one wave, which can range in height from three cm (one in.) to 60 cm (24 in.). Just as spectacular is the rapid and dramatic change in the river itself. At low tide the muddy river bottom is often visible, but within an hour of the arrival of the Bore, the water level rises some 7.5 m (25 ft.) to fill the river to its banks. The Tidal Bore can be observed from Bore Park, Main street.


What I found most interesting about the phenomenon was that the birds in the tidal surge were going backwards out to sea. A sight I'd never seen before. I imagine their legs are used as brakes against the rush of water. The trail beside the basin was extremely far ranging, Ansa and I barely covered a few miles of it. In this interesting weather we're having I went from huddled in boots, hat and mitts last night to carefree sweatshirt and jeans today.

The waterfront trail at Bore Park is an interesting dichotomy of scenery - on one side you have the tidal basin with birds and wild life, on the other you have Burger King drive through takeout, video rentals, a Staples mega store and others of that ilk. In one ear - "do you want cheese with that?" and in the other the lonely honk of some Canada geese skeetering over the marshland. I found it disturbing and uplifting at the same time. Why not put beauty spots beside the most depressing of our consumerist culture? It might inspire someone in their heaving SUV to actually check out the waterfront. On foot. It is inaccessible to vehicular traffic. A very good thing.

And all going well my daughter is now at the Toronto airport one more time and the flight is delayed yet again. We are laughing over this. This consistently foiled meeting up has moved far beyond crying and head banging into a great big joke.

10 comments:

  1. A belated Nollaig Shona to you, www, from the other side of the thermometer - we are baking in Sydney! Jenny and Nick.

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  2. Now that the Yuletide orgy is over, I've got time to check in on my favourite blogs, and have been following your Toronto-bound safari with interest - not to mention bated breath! So sad that you have not yet managed to meet up with your daughter. The travel gods are not on your side this time around ...

    Have a great New Year and, if you're anywhere in the vicinity of Hamilton during your Ontario stay, let me know and I'll introduce you to some fabulous waterfalls!

    XO
    Tessa

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  3. That last comment was not meant to be anonymous, obviously. Using the little laptop and my fingers are too big for the keys ...

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  4. Backatcha, Jenny & Nick & "Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh" and the weather keeps changing on an hourly basis here. Now it is mild and clear.
    XO
    WWW

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  5. Tessa:
    We might, just might, meet up tonight. So far the flight is scheduled to be here in a couple of hours and apparently has left, though that means nothing as it also left yesterday :^)
    And I will give you a shout if I'm anywhere near Hamilton, one never knows!!
    XO
    WWW

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  6. Sometimes our little misAdventures are our most interesting Adventures. Keep the faith. Hope you make the connection with your daughter soon.

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  7. good luck finally reuniting!

    i have never seen birds going backwards. only my dog...

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  8. I'm reading along and enjoying the trip, WWW! Love the title - it matches the photograph so well too!

    The catchpa word thingie now, here, is "ivanglow" - another good one!

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  9. Fingers crossed for a speedy reunion with your daughter. Enjoy the rest of the adventure into the New Year ahead!

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  10. Birds going backwards? How extraordinary. Sounds like the jet propulsion principle. Mind you I've been known to beat a hasty retreat from Travel Bores (aka most students returning from a Gap Year)

    Happy New Year WWW - don't let those tiresome thirtysomethings wear you down with their whinging.

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