Three Weekends and Four Hikes: Sussex Bluff Trail, Midland Ice Caves, Tracey Falls and Duck Cove Beach

  The posts are getting a bit backed up now that we've hit the trails after the long and drawn out winter.  We've been busy hiking!

Sussex Bluff Trail:

Earlier in April, I took the girls on a trip up the Sussex Bluff Trail.  the snow slowly retreating from the woods, the Bluff trail was a nice steady climb along hard packed snow.  It was one of the warmer days of spring, which made the walk very enjoyable. 

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 There are six geocaches to get along the way.  We visited three, which provided some distraction to keep the little ones interested.  

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Abby is showing off a rock.  I'm thinking, 'please don't throw it over the cliff!'  Willow is thinking, "Rock, rock rock!"
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Lunchtime! The lunch time view was nice and peaceful.  There were a few 'ahh, I like hikin' Dad!' (I thought to myself, I may just have them hooked!).IMGP2840
Midland Ice Caves:

A couple of weekends ago, Abby announced that she wanted to go to the 'Ice Caves'.  The ice caves in Midland are a popular spot in the winter time for snowmobilers as it is along one of the regular routes through the area.  The 'caves' can be found in a forest gully which has the beginnings a stream leading down the hill toward Springfield.  A small stream flows over a rocky overhang and freezes into a pictureseque ice wall.  It is very busy in the winter as a result.  However, once the snow melts, it can be a fun spot to visit without crowds.  The ice usually lasts well into the spring, so visiting is not a problem.  Plus, as we found on our visit, the ice had started melting (along with the surrounding snow), which created a neat waterfall on the left side of the gully.  Abby enjoyed the walk and found another geocache nearby as well.

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Tracey Falls: 

This past weekend — we were lucky to have a 11 degree Saturday with sunshine.  Naturally, with the balmy weather brought beaches and waterfalls!  We drove to the Garnett Settlement area near Saint John and took a short hike to Tracey Falls.  Tracey Falls flow through a break in the rocks, plunging down a steep 20 metre rock cliff.  A well used ATV trail leads the way to the falls.  We spent the time hopping overflowing streams and picking up bottles (grr) on the way back.  

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Duck Cove Beach:

Afterward, we took a side adventure to Duck Cove Beach, a little farther down Garnett Settlement on the Bay of Fundy.  When we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised by the quiet and expansive beach extending out to a sandstone point split similar to Hopewell Cape (NB) and Cape Split (NS).  The sandstone cliffs, caves and rocky seaweed covered rocks had the kids busy for a couple of hours exploring the area.  We were quite pleased to find such a neat off-the-beaten path destination.  

IMG_1705Enjoying our walk, seeing what we can find amongst the seaweed and tidal pools.

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My buddy Willow was taking a break from a long day.

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A nice freshwater brook ran through the beach rock. 

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We have a couple of climbers at heart!

IMG_1705Rebecca rockhops along the beach.

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Lots to explore!
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