Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Canada, N.B., Kouchibouguac National Park, 7/31/12

Canada, N.B., Kouchibouguac National Park, 7/31/12: On the Road Again Tuesday July 31.

To Kouchibouguac National Park which is famous for its beaches. Lots of families here at noon. It was 89 degrees. The beach is the warmest north of Virginia. The water is Kouchibouguac Bay and that adjoins the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

This is the boardwalk built over the lagoon and sand dunes. The walk to the beach is 1.8 km.

Kids are on the hunt.

They excitedly chatted in French.

The main thing I wanted to see in Kouchibouguac National Park was the BOG.

The forest is slowly being eaten up by the bog which was formed in a depression after the glaciers subsided.

The larch and black spruce slowly die off because of the water logged soil. They decompose and the bog gets bigger and bigger. 100 years old black spruce might only be knee high because of the harsh growing conditions.

Sphagnum moss.

Peat started to form at the time the Great Pyramids were being built.

Mosquitoes are the most abundant animals in the bog. They are eaten by frogs and bug eating birds.

We are staying at Caraquet Campground on Nepisguit Bay. A very clean campground, very clean showers and bathrooms. Phil made sure we got 30 amp electricity so we could use the microwave.

After doing dishes I noticed the red sunset so have to post another sunset photo.

AND it's a full moon!
Location:Kouchibouguac National Park and Caraquet, N.B.

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