Today was such a day. After taking Riley for a very short morning walk, I bundled Eddie into the van and headed to Chemainus Lake, where we had arranged to walk with Gail and Sadie B. The morning was overcast but dry, and the 2.5 km path around the lake, all offleash, turned into about 4 km for the dogs as they raced back and forth. On the far side of the lake, the shade and the higher elevation brought us to a small section of snowy trail. It didn't slow Eddie and Sadie B down in the least:
|This is fun!|
After our walk, I came home, ate lunch, took care of a few chores, and looked outside to see a beautiful sunny afternoon. I grabbed Riley's leash, and together we headed to the beach. The new seawalk extension is now unofficially open, and this was my chance to walk the full length. (Eddie, he-who-is-scared-of-new-things, is still at the stage of being encouraged to set all four paws on the new extension. So far, he has made it about four feet of the way across before trying to bolt back in the direction from which he came. We make a wee bit of progress each day).
First we walked the familiar part of the sea walk. I've shown photos of it many times, but I couldn't resist photographing this photographer on it today:
|A popular spot for photographers!|
Then we paused along the gravel berm and path that fronts the RV park. Riley posed prettily for a photoshoot here. I love this photo of her!
|Riley on the beach|
We followed the path to the other side of the RV park, where the new sea walk extension begins. Riley had no hesitation about crossing it, and we paused half way to watch some ducks.
|Wigeons, I think.|
The far end of the new extension takes us to "Crofton Beach Park", with its whiter sand, where Charley and I used to go to sit quietly on the beach. Riley liked the beach as well, so we hung around for a bit enjoying the view - the ducks and geese and otters, the boats moving in and out of the harbour, the barges being towed from the mill.
|North (RV park, or Glenhurst Rd) end of new Seawalk Extension|
|South (Crofton Beach Park, or Berridge Road) end |
of new Seawalk Extension
|Looking across at the marina|
|Two tired dogs|
(Riley isn't hogging the bed - Eddie prefers the floor)