Thursday, May 31, 2012

A cloudy day walk at Crescent Beach, BC, Canada

Duckie in Canada! Thanks to his gracious host and fellow duck supporter, Marilyn Reichert!

Duckie arrived for his visit today as I was heading out for a walk along the beach with my girlfriend. So we decided to take him along with us. Crescent Beach (south of Vancouver) has been one of my favorite walking places for the last four decades (oh, that sounds so weird!). About 30 minutes from where I live, it’s a good place to go and gorge yourself on fish and chips and walk and think upon life… as long as you go on a weekday like today. Weekends – this place is packed with people and pets!!

 Taking in the view from Crescent Beach on the eastern shore of Boundary Bay which lies between BC and the peninsula of Point Roberts USA, a small patch of America that Americans can’t get to unless they travel through Canada. Whoever thought of those boundary lines?!?!

Sitting on one of the jetties that were built along the shoreline to help prevent erosion. You can tell the tide is out a little because otherwise, this would be under water.

Getting into the tidal salt-water of Boundary Bay. Just a tad chilly today, even though it’s the end of May. The weather has been unusually cold and rainy lately but I’ve been told that summer’s just around the corner and then this place will be packed out with lots of sun bathers and swimmers. When the tide is all the way out, the water’s edge is way far off in the distance and you can walk on the sand flats for hours discovering sand dollars, sea shells and crabs in the tidal pools.

The walking trails along the beach are all well cared for.

I stopped to chat with a friend along the way. You can see that the house in the background is pretty colorful. There are a lot of beautiful (expensive!!) houses along this beach trail.

Watching the seagulls on the jetty and a crab fisherman on the pier.

 The view from the pier looking back along a section of the beach that faces towards Mud Bay where it joins Boundary Bay. A good view of the wooden jetties that were built to help prevent erosion. 

Looking down the pier at the crab fisherman. We went to see him but he said he didn’t catch anything today, just some small ones that he had to throw back in.

Looking the other way from the pier, facing east into Mud Bay where the Serpentine and Nicomekl  Rivers join the bay. When the tide is out – this is just a big mud flat with a dredged channel (look at the two posts in the water to the left in the picture) where boats can get out. This is where my hostess learned to sail years ago. If you didn’t get it just right, you beached on a sandbar… and she did that a few times apparently!!

Blackie Spit Park is one of the best bird watching areas in Canada with 200 species of birds recorded in a calendar year. The park is a wildlife conservation area. Today we just saw seagulls.

Looking east over Mud Bay.

While we were walking along the beach trail, these two young ladies asked us to take some pictures for them. So I asked for a picture of me with them! Note the clothing on the right… she was recreating pictures of her mom that were taken back in the early 70’s… it made me chuckle because my hostess used to dress exactly like that to go to work in the early 70’s. Twiggy and hot pants… it was all the rage!!

Looking over Mud Bay where it begins to join Boundary Bay.

Taking a rest along the way on one of the many benches provided. The posts in the water behind mark the dredged channel that boats must go up in order to avoid the sandbars in Mud Bay.

Can you see me just above this sign? In the summer time, there is swimming at Crescent Beach, but at this point, where Boundary Bay meets Mud Bay, there’s a very strong current and every year someone drowns here so they finally put up this sign.

Heading back along the trail (on the left shoulder).

All good walks end with a latte and dessert, don’t they??

Friday, May 18, 2012


Before the trip to Canada, Duckie made a pit stop at the Lindale Rodeo, thanks to Shannon and Vangie!

Rodeo is a competitive sport which arose out of the working practices of cattle herding in Spain, Mexico, and later the United States, Canada, South America and Australia. It was based on the skills required of the working cowboys, in what today is the western United States, western Canada, and northern Mexico. Today it is a sporting event that consists of events that involve horses and other livestock, designed to test the skill and speed of the human cowboy and cowgirl athletes who participate.

Checking out the beef!

getting ready for some mutton busting!

Hannah showing Duckie the ropes as it is...

Duck love with Tracey and Justin