14 June 2011
West Coast: Churchhaven, Part II
Date: 5 June 2011
Location: Churchhaven in the West Coast National Park
Walkers: Dom, Josie and Helen
*** Route plotted here ***
See also: Exploring Churchhaven Part I... here.
We were up shortly after sunrise and, as it was a glorious morning, headed straight out for a walk. Down to the lagoon.
Along the way we got a good view of the little village to the north, our destination for today's explorations.
But first: the water's edge. The water, the clouds, the sun rays, the boat, the birds on the boat... it was all so incredibly lovely!
Barely a ripple... perfect reflections.
After taking in the views we ambled left, up the beach.
I loved the bright colours of the canoes pulled up into the bush.
The coast was rocky. At one point we had to take off our shoes to get past a certain point. The water was freezing cold.
As usual, I was bringing up the rear. When I saw the other two peering into the water I quickly caught up to see what had grabbed their attention.
It was a sand shark. Can you see it?
Dom gave it a gentle poke with a stick, and off it swam into the depths.
The day had really brightened up and we enjoyed the warmth of the sun as we continued along the coast.
As we rounded the point we got a great view along the next stretch of beach and lagoon. There were a lot of sea birds in the distance.
And more fishing boats... so attractively weathered!
This boat was filled with very fine netting. Strange stuff.
We walked up into the little town and had a look around the cottages.
From here we could see more wetlands similar to the ones seen further south yesterday. I can't image a more pleasing view... soft fynbos, reeds, calm water, birds, hills in the distance. Heaven.
Mousebirds so busy in the morning sunshine. So much twittering!
After a good look around we took the road back towards Churchhaven.
There she is!
Home just in time for breakfast.
And a little later in the morning, a meander around the graveyard.