The Bay of Fundy is home to the world’s largest tidal fluctuation with an average fluctuation of 14.5 meters. While the local Native American people once attributed this to a giant whale swishing his tail, we now know this is due to the depth of the bay and its funnel shape. Experiencing this tidal fluctuation would be the highlight of our day, but by no means the only thing we saw that day.
I’ve never really understood how the phrase “take a hike” is supposed to be an insult, even when it’s delivered rather crossly. Would you rather be in the office or “take a hike”? Drive the kids to swim practice before school or “take a hike”? Be stuck in the “ten items or less” aisle behind someone with a full trolley or “take a hike”? Well, I know which one I’d rather do: (clue: it involves taking a hike).
Bringing famed travel writer Bill Bryson's epic Appalachian Trail adventure to the big screen, A Walk in the Woods will be released in the UK on September 18th. Based on his bestselling memoir, it stars Robert Redford as Bryson, who decided to hike an 1,000-mile section of the trail after arriving back in the USA from 20 years' living in the UK.
They say that there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. But even native Chicagoans complain this past winter was particularly cold. Damn that polar vortex!
Our journey to walk on the Appalachian Trail started with a stop in beautiful Baxter State Park in upstate Maine. Baxter State Park is unique for many reasons. Former Maine Governor Percival Baxter donated the land and created this park as part of his lifelong mission to preserve wilderness areas forever for the people of Maine. Because of his wishes, the park remains isolated and undeveloped with only dirt roads and minimal facilities within its boundaries. Today, this leaves us with a beautiful, quiet, unspoiled landscape to spend our day.