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Ponderosa Pines Campground & the resident groundhog
plus Tropical Storm Irene & more
The view from the two RV Gypsies' RV at Ponderosa Pines Campground at Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick - a pond, marsh, and cliffs at Hopewell Rocks. A view from another window was just the marsh in front of the Bay of Fundy. And to make it even more special, a groundhog lived in the bushes of the pond right in front of the two RV Gypsies' RV spot.
sign - Ponderosa Pines Camping
Below are several photos taken out of various windows of the two RV Gypsies' RV at their campsite at Ponderosa Pines Campground shortly after their arrival. Notice that the pond is smooth as can be. The cliff beyond the pond is actually part of Hopewell Rocks (the place in the photos on the previous page)
view from the two RV Gupsies' RV
view from the two RV Gupsies' RV
view from the two RV Gupsies' RV
view from the two RV Gupsies' RV
view from the two RV Gupsies' RV
view from the two RV Gupsies' RV
Below: A few days later Tropical Storm Irene began to show her wind force as she made small ripples in the pond.
ripples in the pond
ripples in the pond
Below: As Tropical Storm Irene continued, waves started to pound up over the cliffs beyond the pond. The boulder in the corner of the cliff is about 60 feet high, not counting the height of the trees - so that means that the waves also reached around 60 feet high. (As you saw on the previous page of photos at Hopewell Rocks, all boulders are huge). Remember these photos are taken from quite a distance away.
waves pounding over the cliff
waves pounding over the cliff
waves pounding over the cliff
Below: As Tropical Storm Irene continued, water from the Bay of Fundy started creeping into the marsh grass as the waves continued to pound the cliffs.
waves start covering the marsh
waves start covering the marsh
At first the waves were only pounding on the edge of the cliff, but soon the waves broke further inland and the water came further into the marsh.
waves start covering the marsh
Below: Soon water from the Bay of Fundy covered most of the marsh grass as the waves continued to get bigger as they pounded the cliffs.
water covers the marsh
water covers the marsh
water covers the marsh
water covers the marsh
Below: As the storm cleared, the marsh grass came back into sight and eventually things dried out and looked green again.
the marsh starts to dry out
the pond is calm again
Oh wait - the above photos were all of the pond to the side of the RV. But a lot more action happened in the marsh and the Bay of Fundy in front of the two RV Gypsies' RV. These photos are even more amazing. The panorama photo below shows mostly the marsh and a bit beyond the marsh that is a bit of the Bay of Fundy.
panaroma before the storm
The road beside the two RV Gypsies that led to the marsh and the Bay of Fundy - As Tropical Storm Irene continued, the water started to enter the marsh.
the marsh and the Bay of Fundy
the marsh and the Bay of Fundy
The waves got bigger and stronger. The water actually started to form a river in the middle of the marsh.
The waves get bigger and stronger.
The waves get bigger and stronger.
And the flowing stream of water in the middle of the marsh grew bigger and bigger.
stream of water in the middle of the marsh
water covers the marsh
The marsh totally became part of the Bay of Fundy.
a duck
the marsh is totally under water
The panorama view below shows that the Bay of Fundy finally covered the marsh completely. At the left of the photo is the same cliff that is part of Hopewell Rocks.
the Bay of Fundy has totally covered the marsh
the Bay of Fundy has totally covered the marsh
the Bay of Fundy has totally covered the marsh
As Tropical Storm Irene left the area, the marsh and the Bay of Fundy started to return to normal.
the marsh starts to dry out
the marsh starts to dry out
the marsh starts to dry out

The RV and toad of the two RV Gypsies, safe and sound.

The RV of the two RV Gypsies
The RV and toad of the two RV Gypsies
Lee tried to photograph a sunrise the next morning, but the clouds didn't really cooperate.
the moon
sunrise
sunrise
sunrise
Below: The resident groundhog. It loved to feed right in front of the two RV Gypsies' RV. However the groundhog did not come out to feed for two days because of Tropical Storm Irene.
The resident groundhog
The resident groundhog
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continue on to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies Scenic Mary's Loop & Shipyard Heritage Park
and Cape Enrage - where tides can rise as much as 53 feet over a 12 hour period twice a day - plus a lighthouse and fog alarm.