Lawlor's Island which lies tantalizingly close off the shore of Eastern Passage is an easy target for my kayak as it's a 10 minute paddle away.
Paddling is a bit of a challenge with the excitable, antsy Trey positioned between by knees, peering this way and that and crying harder and harder as we near land. Needless to say, both of us always wear life jackets.
|Eastern Passage is to the left. Safely beached on Lawlor's.|
To see the island now you would have no idea of it's storied past. All that remains of the massive wharf are a few posts protruding from the water. All the buildings have crumbled and their foundations lie hidden under the jumbles of trees felled by Hurricane Juan in 2003.
Rather than following the shore, Trey and I headed inland.
Sadly I had not brought my decent camera, and most pictures I took are already in my computer's "recycle" bin.
Sometimes the going was very tough as much of the interior of the island is covered with dead-fall. The ruins of a wall can just barely be glimpsed behind those dead trees.
After three hours on the island -- yes, I brought water, and wore sunscreen, but forgot bug spray -- I stumbled across the foundations of several buildings, a cistern and a massive fallen water tower. The latter looked like the rusted hulk of a Saturn Rocket lying prone across the forest floor. Sadly the pics of the tower are among those not fit for print.
|The Cistern (?)|
|Rails up the side f the round structure.|
I "think" this is the base of the fallen metal tower.
|I climbed that ladder to take this pic looking down into the structure. How kewl is that !|
At one point Trey came barreling along carrying his ball and leapt over a wall (see below), not realizing that the ground was NOT at the same height on both sides. He yelped as he crash-landed, and I briefly worroied about how on earth I was going to carry a dog with a broken leg out of there. He then leapt back out as if nothing had happened.
I enjoyed exploring the island and am eager to go back with a decent camera ... and bug spray.
|Trey walking along a fallen tree. The forest floor is about two feet below him.|
If you're interested in learning more about Lawlor's Island, this is the definitive book on the subject.
Click here for more and better images from a recent survey of the island by a researcher from Pier 21 in Halifax.