We are hunkering down for an impending storm here in Nova Scotia- some places are threatened with up to 40 cm of snow.
There may be power outages.,blowing snow and freezing rain.There WILL be nasty roads,all starting within the next 12 hours.
Sounds like a good time to huddle in where’s it is nice and cozy. But before that-we have the calm before the storm. It’s a beautiful sunny day and the temperatures have risen to about -3. Positively balmy. Perfect for a walk.
One of our regular walking spots is to drive down Oak Island Road in Avonport and then stomp around the dykes. Today was a gorgeous day for this- there were still extra high tides and we timed it so we were there at the highest point.
When one thinks of dykes, Avonport is usually not the first place that springs to mind,unlike the Grand Pre and Wellington Dykes,but it really is a great spot to walk. There are views of the old Horton bridge, Cape Blomidon and Boot Island. You may see an eagle or a hawk, or a gaggle of Canada Geese or brown ducks vee-ing their way across the sky.
Tread lightly and you may even see a fox in a cornfield
Three seasons of the year, striped bass fishermen haul their rods and chairs up along the waters edge in hopes of catching their supper.
In August, there are corn stalks as high a an elephants eye, and October brings the harvesting of carrots and onions and the arrival of duck hunters.
Winter is quiet.
For once thing, a cold wind can catch you by surprise once you step out of the shelter of the trees and nigh take your breath away.
Ice patches lurk underneath a skiff of snow and can send you onto your backside.
And the walking-on-the-dyke-in-winter season can be short,once snowfall makes travel difficult.