Good day to you all…
I have been busy reconstructing the field trip that should have taken place last year and had to be cancelled. I hope you will consider joining us for all or part of the line-up.
It looks like the tide will be low at 8:43 am and will be high 2:35 pm…With this in mind, I have the day planned as follows.
Travel to Bridgewater (1 hour from Halifax) and take the route along old mainstreet, Hwy 331 that leads along the West Lahave River toward the ocean. Use bakery address in GPS.
Along the way you will see the Ferry crossing…(shortcut to Lunenburg). Don’t blink…next up is the famous Lahave Bakery. 2102 Highway 331 West LaHave NS B0R 1G0. If you want to stop – plan ahead….the lineups on Saturday mornings can be intimidating. Opens at 9am. Their products are fabulous…and if you forgot lunch you might want to grab a sandwich to bring along.
The grounds and the quaint little museum/lighthouse will be open. A small lighthouse sits there with a lot of history. Also a cemetery. They don’t get a lot of guests, especially at one time, so we can take turns going inside.
Between 11:00 and 11:30 we will go directly to Risser’s beach while the tide is still low.
Civic Address: 5366 Hwy 331, Crescent Beach, NS B4V 6P2
The main parking lot is to the right (in the woods) and then we cross under the main road by tunnel to the main beach area. There are picnic tables, food truck and washrooms located here. We will have lunch and then venture onto the beach. To the left at the far end of the beach is a wonderful ‘fallout’ boulder if anyone wants to investigate it. We will plan to go right, all the way to the end of the beach, and take the Salt Marsh boardwalk back to where we started from. Across the way, is a little beach called ‘Sperry’s Beach’ and in the summer on a fine day it is buzzing with activity. Depending on the moisture, there is a path through the woods that sometimes is alive with mushrooms, but that is only by chance.
We will leave the beach 2:00-ish and backtrack a kilometre to take the Crescent Beach Road to the Lahave Islands.
Civic Address: 100 LaHave Island Road LaHave NS
Along the back of the beach, the area to the left is well known for its bird population and for its place in the migration points of small shore birds. Ahead there is a bridge, with a couple of scenes left and right, so you can stop here to take photos if you want. You might see kayakers coming or going on a morning run around the islands. Then a quick stop on the Government Wharf. (You’ll see the sign). The lobster season will be closed, but there might be boats and traps, ropes and gear to photograph. Don’t block the entrance to the slipway.
Next we will cross a single lane bridge to visit the Lahave Islands Marine Museum.
The eager young voice on the phone will be happy to see us! I mentioned we might ask a lot of questions… There are picnic tables available here on site, but I am unsure about a washroom! It is a great spot to take in some salt air and think about the way things used to be, way back when! From one of the picnic tables you can see across a little inlet to the wharf on the other side…and there should be boats tied up for photo ops. That’s what I have ordered!!!
3-ish- When we leave the Islands, we will go to to my house, 5526 Highway 331 Petite Riviere.
Lots of room for parking. We are all invited to see my neighbours gardens. He breeds unique hybrid day lilies. Face book page There will be some for sale, but our main purpose for going is that once the gardens start blooming a bit later, you will be welcome to come back to take photos. There will be a few little things blooming, (check out the yellow poppies in the greenhouse), but the true beauty comes later.
There will be some lady slippers in the woods surrounding our property and in the park, but I must remind you that you need to spray for ticks and mosquitoes. There are two osprey nests in the community. At the time of this email nothing is happening in either of the nests, but maybe another week will make a difference. One is on the corner across from the General Store and the other is in the school yard on Wentzell Road. (Available to see on the weekend only!)
Sometime after 4:00 (depending on how long it takes us to get gathered up) – Gary and I will offer you a bowl of chilli. There will be rolls, and apple crisp, tea (hot and iced) and coffee.
Some of us may sign in to the CAPA meeting to vote, and others, such as myself will have already voted via proxy.
Then….From my address in Petite Riviere it is approximately 1 1/2 hours back to the city. We will give you the ‘shortcut’ back the the highway.
Note: Field Trip Waivers (from our website) are required for participants.
That’s what I have in the works so far…Hope to see you! And if you’d be so kind…please let me know if you plan to attend…thanks ????