Every nice day in October is a gift. Soon the sun and cool days will be replaced with blustery winds, biting cold and snow. Now is the time to get outdoors and find activities; whether it be cleaning out the flower beds or walking around your neighbourhood. Six members of the Nordic Pole Walking Group traveled to Sandbanks in Prince Edward County; for a walk on the dunes Monday morning. It is a bit of a drive but the rewards are well worth the time. With clouds hiding the sun from time to time it was difficult to know how to dress. Everyone had opted for layers and that seemed to work well.
Mother nature has provided the most beautiful setting along West Lake. A trail of packed sand, in places shored up with wooden walkways snaked among the dunes offering fresh air, exercise and friendship. We stopped at a lookout to view our surroundings before making our way back to the vehicles. Some lamented that we had not packed a lunch to allow us to extend our time at the Sandbanks. The dunes present a landscape like nothing else in this area; a desert like setting with a lake at the edge. It is an artist’s paradise and personally I prefer visiting there in the fall as opposed to fighting for space to spread a blanket on the beach during the summer months.
On the way home we made a stop at a nearby farm to purchase farm fresh eggs. We parked in the driveway and walked into the barn as if we owned it. The farmer has set the business up on an honour system. There is a refrigerator containing cartons of eggs and a can to deposit your money. Honesty must prevail or this business would not survive.
Multicoloured young goats raced over to the fence to check us out and everyone dutifully oohed and awed over them before leaving; some to go home and three of us to enjoy a light lunch at the Painted Peppercorn in Picton. Bowls of roasted pepper and tomato soup helped chase off any chill we felt.
During the walk there was chatter about planning another special destination walk and also a reminder that October has only a limited number of gift days left for us to enjoy. We are truly blessed to have the splendour of fall to prepare us for the winter weather coming our way soon.