I started my hike of the Fundy Foot Path last Sunday hiking from Alma to Point Wolfe where I stayed for the night. I stayed in the still open shelter of a closed and lonely camp ground. I slept with my mattress on the floor of the shelter. It was a cold and somewhat damp night. After some oatmeal and coffee I made my way to Goose River (photo) early in the morning. Volunteers created a link (trail) upwards the river that made it possible to cross the river even at high tide.
"Fragments: School Children" by Alyson Brown, member of @craftnbmetiersdart #Craft150
alcohol ink, vellum, Fundy National Park archival images
9 ½" x 11"
Photo: Brett MacFadyen "Colours pool, shapes form, lines mingle, borders surface. Spontaneous yet gentle changes capture the mystery in this place, and the passage of time. Achieving a connection to the wild, I discover a new approach." Alyson Brown, owner of Legacy Lane Fiber Mill, normally works with fiber but decided to try something new and did an incredible job with this mixed media work. This piece is part of the "Beneath the Surface" travelling exhibition and is currently on display at AX: The Arts & Culture Centre of Sussex in Sussex, New Brunswick.
"Standing, Still" by Deborah Payne, member of @craftnbmetiersdart #Craft150
cotton, embroidery thread
20" x 16" x 1"
Photo: Brett MacFadyen
This piece is part of the "Beneath the Surface" travelling exhibition and is currently on display at AX: The Arts & Culture Centre of Sussex in Sussex, New Brunswick.
In case you wondered what I was up to the last three days...I started hiking the Fundy National Park trails and arrived now in Alma. The Fundy Natinal Park is BEAUTIFUL (more pics tomorrow as I am super tired). However with lots of rain these days the river crossings have become quite intense even dangerous. 1. Salmon River at the Fork: fast water, strong current. Actually so strong that it almost pushed my right foot (and me with it) down the water. I knew the danger was real as suddenly panic shot into my body and made my knees go soft like pudding. I knew when I may fall there is no easy going up not with this pack, not in this wild water. So I told myself loudly to 'Move your foot', 'Be strong' and 'Fight'. And I did it. As I arrived on the other side I screamed. First into the sky than to the river. My legs still shivered.
2. Crossing was the Upper Salmon River one. (photo). The water was mellow but deep. I tried to find a better crossing, a shallower one. Nada. Thought maybe I walk up the mountain and into Alma. Too dangerous bc to steep to handle with 65lb. So I undressed my lower half. Put my wet leggings from yesterday's crossing on. Wrapped plastic bags around my feet, put over boots on. Wrapped rope around to not let water in. Placed all important stuff incl hiking boots in my dry bag ( the orange one) and was just about to hit the water as Jenny who works for the Fishery department came along. She put her waders on in 5 min and we crossed the river together. As I lost balance she saved me so I ended up to only dip my arm into the water. She was my #trailangel today. Sent from heaven in the right moment. Incredible. As we arrived I shivered so much as the water was freezing cold. 0.75m water level Jenny told me. I think in some parts I stood even deeper. What a day. Now I am all warmed up. Ready to hit the sleeping pad.
One of the best adventures on my trip has been wandering the shore of Fundy National Park by night. With the world's highest tides, massive areas are left exposed, revealing tide pools crawling with crabs, small fish, and rocks covered in snails. These large boulders would sit well below the water's surface at high tide. This was my last photo of the night, taken just as the heavy clouds finally cleared to reveal the stars.