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The trouble with planning hikes during vacations is that you need to book the time off before one knows the weather forecast. Such was my dilemma for my week vacation in February. Now February is iffy enough already but I wanted a break and so booked the days off following the family day holiday. I planned to hike a small summit for my Summits on the Air program and then take another stroll through Lighthouse Park. Well, weather decided to torment me with a snow storm on the eve of my first day!
So, Saturday was busy clearing snow and a bit more Sunday, Monday I watched the rain clear some more and by Tuesday the weather was clearing but still wet and cold. Finally came Wednesday and after a dull morning the skies cleared and we had a lovely noon hour with temperatures rising to a pleasant level. Feeling positive, I packed up my camera and set out for Crescent Beach. Normally I drive to Blackie Spit but today I wanted to walk the southern sections. I drove to the end of Sullivan road and was fortunate to find a parking spot second from the end! Doing these things mid-week is so much nicer than on crowded week-ends.
Parked, and with camera in hand I walked to the beach and was met with bright sun, and fresh sea air. The tide was out enough to expose the first sand bar and it was slowly continuing out, ideal for some scenic beach photos. I wandered out onto the sand and slowly made my way south along the beach finding a number of interesting items to capture with the camera. A huge Heron was busy fishing just off shore in a tidal pond. He didn’t seem too concerned about the people passing by. I continued past the central area of Crescent Beach where most people were located and soon was beyond the last house. Here the number of walkers was greatly reduced. The beach also got rockier and harder to cross.
I continued along to the far point where the shoreline turns more directly south. Here I stopped to rest before turning back. While sitting on a rock I looked out and noticed a chap walking into shore from the water. He was dressed in a wet suit and he slowly made his way in, on the beach he selected a piece of drift wood, turned around and walked back into the water with it. I wasn’t sure from where he came or was going but it did seem a bit odd.
I gathered a number of photos from the point and then started back. It was a lovely afternoon in the sun, a number of people I stopped to talk with were feeling well rested in the warmth of the sun, even if the temperature was still on the cool side. Soon I came back by the Heron who was still in the pool scouting out fish. Every now and then I would notice him dipping his head into the water as he pulled out a minnow. Then it was back to the roadway and the car that was waiting. I packed up and left the beach area, stopping for a warm up coffee before heading home. A short but pleasant day, perhaps not as exciting as I had planned for the week off but at least I was enjoying a touch of nature.