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Monday, July 9, 2012

Secrets of the 'hood...

Have you ever been in a neighbourhood and wondered
what treasures may be lurking?
What secret places the burbs keep to themselves?
The area around my friend Regina's is just that sort of place.
Oh sure there's the famous Sooke Harbour House Inn
and the lovely stretch of beach Whiffen Spit,
but not too many 'outsiders' come across this little gem.
Down at the end of the cul de sac, where the road seems to end...
...there's 109 steps ...
...down to a less frequented beach...
the rocks are big and worn from the tumble of the tides...
the cliffs block the morning sun and hide scurrying, little mink under logs...
on this day the dogs chased one up along the big log and sent it
running for safety somewhere into the bushes...too fast for a photo...
Back up top of the 109 steps (yes we counted them!), we were treated
to more spectacular views...
We wandered back along the trails...
Said our good mornings to the neighbours...
And took another trail through a little patch of big trees...
So next time you're going through an unknown neighbourhood,
have a gander around.
You might be surprised at what you can discover...





5 comments:

Suz said...

oh lordie.....what a beach..love those rocks...but not so much all those steps...you must be in great shape girl

farmlady said...

How nice. I'm adding this to my list of things to see when, someday in the future, I come to visit.
In the meantime, I will look for hidden places in the neighborhoods down near town. You just never know where a hidden treasure might be. It won't be a beach with minks around here, but it will be something exciting. It's all about looking and finding that special place isn't it?
Thanks for always making us aware of the beauty of nature on your island.

the wild magnolia said...

well, i enjoyed my visit in Regina's neighborhood.

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Suz...yeah beautiful beach and you're right about the stairs! If I did that that twice a day, I'd have buns of steel!
Connie...There are so many of these places that only the locals know about. That's the fun part when someone comes to visit, showing off these hidden treasures.

toomuchaugust said...

oh this did my heart good! you know, if you only head to where you plan to head, you miss all these things.

sherry