Sunny and 10 degrees C. Time for a picnic and a walk on the beach. We don't need a reason just the weather. After all, it only takes a few minutes to steep some tea and make a sandwich. My husband always has homemade bread rolls ready. Brackley Beach in the national park on Prince Edward Island was our destination.
We took the back roads, though the main highways on the island aren't all that busy at any time. Within the hour we arrived and quickly started for the beach. The sand dunes near the boardwalk had shifted over the past winter and sand covered a section of the boardwalk.
Park personnel are not out in full force yet.
It was one of those days; if you waited five minutes, the weather changed. The skies clouded over and it rained, cleared and repeated during our excursion. On occasion the skies looked ominous,
but the sun would break through and change the scene.
Though it rained twice, both times were short lived and warm enough that we didn't mind.
The highest sand dunes we've seen thus far on the island are located here at Brackley. Some towered at least fifteen feet above the beach.
Waves and wind made for one of those days when the sound of the beach fills your senses and controls your thoughts. It wasn't cold but we zippered our jackets as we walked into the wind.
During the winter, the Gulf of St Lawrence cast ashore some buoys from traps set off-shore.
They are on the upper part of the beach, far from the usual high tide mark. Stormy seas must have thrust them forth.
The waters around the island can be calm as to barely lap the shore. This day, the waves had crests and troughs, the crests breaking as they neared the shore. The white water sent a spray into the air, as the wind blew across the surface.
Seaweed, a constant along the sandy beaches of the island, rested on the beach.
A huge log, at the base of the sand dunes, was partly covered by the shifting sand.
It was a great place to sit and take in the scene on a beach which feels like it goes on forever. Several people in the distance are the only other humans.
Time for lunch.