Friday, March 15, 2013

I heart Hartlen.

Hartlen Point is five minutes away from my house: a mere 4 km up Shore Road. In spite of its nearness, most folk in Eastern Passage haven't been there.

Perhaps they're put off by the sign on the gate ?


They shouldn't be.  Even though it's Department of National Defense land, the Military Police don't mind us walking there.

At this time of year I would recommend that you wear rubber boots, as the paths can be pretty soggy.


Eastern Passage is windy, and Hartlen Point being located even closer to the open ocean, is windier still, so be sure to wear a good coat, gloves and ear muffs.

Come look at this.  ( Gently clutching your arm and tugging you closer to the cliff edge).

Look down there.

There's been a lot of rain in the last few days, and that combined with recent storm surges, has lead to a huge amount of erosion along the cliff edge.


Paths that followed the cliff-edge last week, now end up in mid air, so pay careful attention to where you're walking.


Far in the distance you can see the cliffs past Cow Bay.  They may even be as far off as Lawrencetown.  Super view, eh ?  Let's bring a pair on binoculars next time.


Why don't you throw the ball for Wendy and Trey.


From a small rise you can see past Devil's Island to Sambro Head on the far side of the harbour.  See there, a freighter laden with shipping containers (far left of image), heading out across the ocean.  Where do you think it's going ?


Time to head back to the car.  I've enjoyed walking with you.  Let's do this again soon.

19 comments:

  1. What a lovely, windy walk. Thank you Sybs (and thank you for your mail.. it brightened my day :)
    xo j.

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    1. Hope you didn't get to cold on our walk. I forgot my gloves and my hands just about froze every time I took at picture.

      Let's do this again soon.

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  2. Oh I can see why you love Hartlen Point, Sybil. The views are breathtaking, and the erosion a good reminder of how the earth is forever evolving. And it seems to be a great place for your dogs to have an exhilarating run, too. I hope some day I can visit your part of the world!

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    1. If you're ever heading this way please do let me know. I'd love to show you some of our hidden gems. If you're travelling on a budget, I have a guest room just waiting ...

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  3. I enjoyed walking with you, Sybil. Brought my woolen cap and gloves, wore warm coat and comfy boots too, all was fine. The landscape reminded me very much of my Irish years along the coast. Wind blowing, sea smell, isolated beaches and golf balls getting lost in grass as rough as the ones around Hartlen. What a beautiful start of the day ! thanks Sybil. Lovely pictures too.

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    1. I too love the sea smell. Glad you dressed warmly. It makes all the difference and allows you to enjoy your walk. Let's do this again soon.

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  4. Thanks for the lovely walk. I'd love to get some lungs-full of ocean air, it has been too long.

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  5. Thank you for posting these gorgeous photos. My grandmother was born in Woodside, and I recently learned that my 5th great grandfather had owned the land not too far from where your photos were taken. I am itching to make a trip to Halifax to visit these ancestral lands. Your photos make me want to visit much sooner than I can!

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    1. Thanks. Woodside is just a few km. down the road.

      Hope you're enjoying your new life "over the pond"

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  6. I heart you. I heart walking with you. I heart that today is your birthday and that you have such a beautiful open heart.

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    1. I heart your kind, supportive nature.

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  7. Except for those wrist-snapping moments, that is. ;)

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    1. You're right. I better get myself another elastic.

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  8. Well belated birthday greetings Sybil. A St Paddy's day baby eh?
    I always enjoy your walks. Beautiful part of the world but rather scary if you can fall off the edge so easily.
    Have your dogs ever fallen off?

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    1. Never fear Rosie. They're pretty careful, and in some places they are able to run down its 70 degree slope. At the highest the cliffs are maybe 40-50 feet high.

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  9. a lovely bracing walk, gave me a feeling of breathing in clean, fresh air... I loved my short visit. Many thanks.. Penx

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    1. Penx, thanks for coming along on the walk. I just love the scent of the sea air. Invigorating !

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  10. I heart your style, your joy, your sense of humour...thanks for another brief sojourn from the gotta-dos.

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    1. Glad you could join me if only to briefly escape from your "gotta-dos"

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