We landed at Beachy Cove, and headed off to explore Flowerpot Island, following the trails toward the flowerpots themselves, with quite a few other people. It was a perfect day to be on the island, sunny and warm, but with a cool breeze to keep us comfortable.
We fortified ourselves with lunch before heading along the trail to the smaller flowerpot, which you get to first.
A very rare picture of Mrs. F.G.!
The walk right along the shore is rugged, so it's easier to head up into the woods to follow the trail. I'm afraid some people come ill-prepared in terms of footwear. Strollers make it even more difficult. But it's certainly beautiful.
We got to the larger flowerpot and I managed to get a couple of pictures sans people. I had to be quick.
You do have to keep an eye out for Poison Ivy on these shores, assuming you can identify it. Here it fills a crack in the bedrock. The three leaves are pretty easy to identify.
The shoreline and the water offshore is certainly beautiful on a sunny day. The deeper blue water not far offshore indicates deeper water, here about 300 feet deep.
I could have spent the entire day exploring the island, but we only had two hours.
We did have our first encounter with some 'instagrammers'. These two women sat behind us on the boat and we overheard them talking about their plans - to get pictures they could post on Instagram. Yes, one of them wore a long flowing white dress to go hiking and explore the island. It's nice to see that generation out exploring, but it's a social media habit I don't quite understand. On the other hand, maybe blogging is pretty similar?
We didn't go hunting for the rare flowers on this trip, but we did see a fair bit of the beautiful Fringed Polygala in the forest.
Finding our way back to the dock, we met our ship to head back to Tobermory. Next time it will be a longer visit!
The Coast Guard patrol vessel, CCGS Private Robertson, was still in the harbour, and I was surprised to see Al of the Bayfield Bunch, post a picture of this ship in the Goderich harbour just yesterday. There must be a way to track where these boats are going over the season; it would be interesting to follow them.