Day 754: Dennis Wharf and The Hawk Beach

We woke up to a foggy morning at the Walmart of Yarmouth:

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We drove south to the Pubnico Peninsula and visited Dennis Wharf, where a “Living Wharf” demonstration was scheduled:

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We first learned about mackerel fishing:

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Holy mackerel, as they say.  The mackerel feed on the what falls into the water from the fishing boats when they process the fish out of the net at the wharf.  When this happens, they school in the cloud of food and are easy to catch:

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M brings in two:

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All the boats here are lobster boats, except for the net fishing boat on the left:

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Bringing up a lobster trap:

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There was a guest green crab in the trap:

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A lobster from the trap:

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M learns to use the claw banding tool:

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This guy was in the trap too:

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Learning how the trap works:

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Next we learned about rope splicing:

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The rightmost boat needed a paint job, and the fisherman’s wife told him if he didn’t paint the boat, she would do it for him.  He found it like this one day:

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After taking advantage of a roadside dump station, we continued south to The Hawk Beach on the eastern shore of Cape Sable Island, the southernmost point of Nova Scotia:

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There’s no shortage of fishing equipment that’s washed ashore:

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An old lobster trap:

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At low tide, the remains of a forest, drowned 1,500 years ago when this land sunk, are visible:

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Cape Sable Lighthouse in the distance:

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We had the beach mostly to ourselves:

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We continued east to overnight at the Walmart of Bridgeport, Nova Scotia.  See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.

Day 753: Grand-Pré NHS, Port Royal NHS, Fort Anne NHS
Day 755: Carding Wool, Casting Pewter, and Tying Hammocks

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