When we left the Mission area, we headed west, along the Rio Grande, toward Big Bend National Park.
This is another beautiful state park in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. It’s further east than Bentsen Rio Grande, and has large wetlands and ponds.
We visited several beautiful State Parks in the Lower Rio Grande Valley – the part of the Rio Grande in the southernmost part of Texas – close to where it flows into the Gulf of Mexico.
Mission, Texas is home to the North American Butterfly Association Butterfly Park. It’s a small park, but completely devoted to attracting butterflies. It has almost all native plantings, including both food and nectar plants for the butterflies.
When we get to the end of our trips, our only thought is to get home as fast as we can. So, this time, instead of retracing our steps back though Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, we decided to take a ferry from western Nova Scotia to Maine.
This is the second part of the story of the tides around the Bay of Fundy. But this is specifically about tidal bores – an unusual tidal phenomenon that only occurs in a few places in the world.
The south shore of Nova Scotia is along the Atlantic Ocean and it’s quite different from the Bay of Fundy.
The Bay of Fundy is between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and is known for its unusually high tides. Tides in the Atlantic Ocean are only 3 or 4 feet high. But the Bay of Fundy is a long narrow bay, so the water sloshes back and forth – like the water in a bath tub – and the tides there are much higher – between 40 and 50 vertical feet.
We spent a few days in northern New Brunswick, waiting for Hurricane Kyle to move through. Kyle was heading up the Atlantic coast toward Nova Scotia and we didn’t think our camper could survive the high winds of a hurricane.
We stayed for a few days at a wonderful park on the Gaspe Peninsula – the long peninsula that sticks out into the ocean along the south side of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec.