Quick Bites from Pender

Brooks Point, South Pender Island

In Island Life on March 1, 2010 at 4:51 am

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Our little island is very close to the US/Canada border.  So close that, on a clear day, you can get a pretty good picture of Mount Baker in Washington.

The sun was out in all its splendour last week, so we drove down to the South Island for a leisurely walk around Brook’s Point, near the southern-most tip of the Penders.

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The tide was low, so we were able to walk along the shore for a ways…

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Past the “Chess Shack” (which is always open when we pass, even on the stormiest days — except today, the most beautiful day we’ve had yet this year).  That’s OK…you can see the table, chairs and chess board another day.

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Howard and the Dooze checked out some bird life on the shore.  I’ve seen that look from Koda before — you can be sure he’s plotting the demise of one of our fine feathered friends.  We’re trying to cure him of that kind of anti-social behaviour…

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…with little success — he is a hunter.  For example, he could stalk crabs all day.  I made the mistake of showing him one under a rock on one of first walks down at the beach.  He’s been flipping over rocks with his paw ever since.

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Doesn’t it look like I’ve caught a moment?  Actually, he’s yelling at the dog, with increasing urgency, to keep away from the dead starfish on the rocks.  NO licking allowed, and the nose must remain at least 1 inch away from the carcass of interest.  At least 2 of us remember what happened the last time the rules were broken.

All of this drama almost resulted in us forgetting to take more gratuitous shots of Mt. Baker:

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Thank goodness we didn’t lose our heads altogether.

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