The one day last week that I had off and had time to go to a beach, of course it was rainy and foggy.
But I went anyway.
First I drove out along Black Rock, on Boularderie. Then I went through Millville to the highway, and stopped at the little mini-barn where Rendall’s was selling strawberries, three dollars a box. I bought three boxes.
Then I drove out the Point Aconi road. There were signs that marked the way to the beach, as you can see above.
I parked and ate my lunch in the car, since it was drizzling. I looked at the power plant. I thought about electricity, and how we use it for so much in our lives these days: light, heat, cooking, bathing, computers, telephones. And I thought about how easy it is, when you don’t see the power plants, to forget that the electricity comes from somewhere. Not just the plug in the wall.
Then I got out of the car, and walked down to the beach. I walked the length of it, taking pictures, while my glasses got progressively more covered in raindrops. Then I turned around and walked back. “That’s enough,” I decided.
I went home for a warm shower and to make strawberry shortcake. I’ll go back there another, sunnier, day.
To get there: Take exit 17 off the Trans Canada Highway in Bras d’Or, onto the 162. Continue roughly 5 km until you start seeing signs for both the Nova Scotia Power Plant, and the beach. Follow the “beach” signs til you get to the parking lot.
This summer, I’m challenging myself to make it to ten separate beaches on Cape Breton Island. Here’s the original post.