|South Shore Breaker - June 22, 2016 - A change in plans|
I glanced out the window after a morning of computer work, and there was blue sky and shining sun. I decided that it wasn’t a day to stay inside after all, and proposed an unexpected trip further down the South Shore. Half an hour later, we had the dogs organized, camera equipment loaded and were headed down the road. Despite the weather forecast, sunny blue skies were our companion for the full two hour drive. A quick debate decided that it was time to visit West Pubnico, where we enjoyed a mid afternoon lunch at Dennis Point Café. Their special of the day was parmesan haddock, a light batter on the freshest fish you can find...after all, it comes from the wharf right across the street. We both ordered the special. I opted for the conscience easing side salad, and my husband chose the home cut fries. The only disappointment was that they had just sold their last piece of coconut cream pie. It’s our mission to find the best coconut cream in Nova Scotia (we set lofty goals for ourselves), and the home made pie at Dennis Point is our favourite so far. We were told that the pies are made on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so we made a mental note to return on one of those days in the future.
|fishing boats at Dennis Point Wharf|
|buoys, ropes, and nets around the wharf are always interesting subjects to photograph|
Mindful of the nesting piping plovers, we kept the dogs away from the dunes. The beaches of Cape Sable Island are home to about 20% of Nova Scotia’s piping plovers. Because their numbers are so small, they are classified as endangered. We have seen them at The Hawk, but didn’t see any on this outing. We did keep the dogs from the dunes, but we didn’t manage to keep one of them away from a huge dead fish. Our dog Charlie spent some joy filled minutes rolling on the fish before we could lure him away.
|pausing to reflect on the beauty of the surroundings on Stoney Point Beach|
We ended our excursion by fortifying ourselves with ice cream before the drive back home. I’m sure those calories will stay away from my hips after all that beach walking! Our day didn’t turn out as we planned, but my oh my, what a day it was. We’ll have to make some difficult decisions when we travel to Cape Sable Island in the future...which beautiful beach walk to take? But that’s a focus for another day.
|beachcombers behind the dunes at Stoney Point Beach|