Where We Be
Blue Rocks is the teensy-tiniest fishing village
you'll ever see. It's located at the end of a
peninsula just a few miles from Lunenburg.
Call it a fishing hamlet: just a few cottages and
fishing shacks on a small lagoon. It's so small it
probably doesn't deserve its own page, but
then again, it's so photogenic I couldn't resist.
Go early morning or evening for the best light.
Also worthwhile if you're in the Lunenburg area
is the hike along Hirtle's Beach to Gaff Point.
You begin with a half-hour walk along a wide
stretch of white sand and rolling surf. Then you
reach a wooded trail that leads to Gaff Point, a
124-acre promontory separating an estuary
from a bay. You follow a loop trail through
emerald woods that eventually open up to
rugged coastline and pounding surf. The whole
hike is 4 miles long and thoroughly enjoyable.
|These colors are genuine: the seaweed really is golden here
|Same image as above but with different lighting as the morning sun popped out from behind a cloud
|This funky little fishing shack is the real deal: it hasn't been restored or improved upon...yet.
|I have no idea what this little shack is doing out on the water but it's certainly irresistible to photographers
|We surprised a few deer with our early morning arrival
|On our way to Hirtle's Beach and Gaff Point, we did some serendipitous exploring near estuaries and marshlands
|Hirtle's Beach is a sand and cobble beach some 3 km long. This is the end of the beach closest to the parking area.
|Constant pounding surf has ground all the edges off these rocks
|The best parts of the Gaff Point promontory hike are along the water
|The loop trail offers fine views and a pleasant hike. It's 6.5 km or 4 miles all told from the parking lot (including the beach walk).
|Blue Rocks: too quaint for words