Day Five: East Point to Basin Head
Distance Walked: 16 km
Terrain and Views: Stunning beaches, white singing stands, quiet dirt roads, wildlife parade.
Accommodations: Siren’s Beach
Weather Alert: I awoke this morning to Richard reading out today’s weather forecast from his phone. None of it sounded good. In fact, it sounded like a stay-in-bed kinda day.
But Valerie’s breakfast called. And who could resist that? Not us!
So once again, I bundled up in almost all of the clothes that I have in my backpack and we prepared to face the day. We are glad that we did. It was beautiful out there (15C, some wind, some overcast, but not one drop of rain).
Where We Started: Yesterday, working around a creek, Richard and I missed some of the beachfront near the lighthouse. We began there (with me limboing under a fence to get to the correct side). The views were simply breathtaking!
When we left the lighthouse beach area, we didn’t think that our remaining hiking views for today could match these. As you will see, they definitely did!
Animal Parade: First we were treated to an incredible animal/wildlife parade. The foxes especially seemed as curious about us as we were about them. And the cows stood up from their lounging and walked along beside us as far as they could.
Community Feel: One of the things that has most impressed us on this trip has been the strong, genuine community feel. The people whom we have met have quickly felt like old friends, and their pride in their community has shone above all else. Last night, I was contacted by Hèléne, an Island Trails member. She offered to walk part of the trail with us today and to share some local knowledge. Shortly after seeing fox #2, we saw Hèléne on the road to meet us. We walked together for just under an hour. Her warmth, generosity and candidness was greatly appreciated and positively enhanced our hiking experience. Sadly, I did not take a photo of us together.
Bothwell: Shortly after that, we reached Elliott’s General Store in Bothwell. If you need to refill anything in your backpack, this is an awesome place to do so. Behind the store was a trail to what some call ‘Secret Beach.’ With its beautiful white sands, it was a perfect place to eat our lunch before hiking on to Basin Head.
Basin Head: After our lunch, we made our way down the beach to the Fisheries Museum (closed until late June) where we had agreed to meet Sandy. We truly could not have asked for a better hiking day and are so pleased that we hadn’t let the weather forecast deter us this morning .
Tomorrow is the final day of our Island Walk adventure (frown here). We hope that you will continue to join us!