JANUARY 30, 2009 - 22/110 - CAPE HOWE (Day 3)
We have no travel plans of any significance today so we make a slow start with breakfast around 9:00AM. It is not as clear as last night with some high clouds having moved in off the sea. However, there is sun peaking through and the air holds the promise of a warm, pleasant day.
Our sole preplanned event of the day is to go to the cove at the end of our road and explore the beach area. After cleaning up from breakfast, we change into swim suits and head down the road. The white sand beach and cove are located down a steep cliff face as are most beaches and coves we have seen in this area. A series of wooden steps takes us down the cliff face to the beach where, for a short while, we have the place to ourselves. Something between here and Antarctica seems to be kicking up the waves and they are crashing onto the rocks at the mouth of the cove. They come in sets and then the sea calms for awhile and then the heavier waves start all over again.
The water is, once again, a beautiful turquoise green or blue, depending on the depth and so clean you want to take a drink. After exploring the beach area and surrounding rocks, we take a brief swim in "The Great Southern Ocean." It is cold; perhaps in the low 70s. Once in, however, it is not too bad and you get used to it. The waves are crashing, the sun is concealed by clouds, a breeze is blowing and it is not a day for lingering in the water. But, we have swum in "The Great Southern Ocean!" We return to "The Wardroom," shower and begin to think about lunch.Lunch is a hot pie from the little bakery in Denmark. Carolyn picked up several bakery items the first day. All the towns have at least one bakery and they always have a nice selection of main type dishes and sweets. After lunch we kick back and relax with a nap and a book. About 5:00PM, we go back out to the cove for one more look. Some guys have set up for surf fishing and one of the group is surffing, so we watch for a while, then drive over to Young's Siding to a little General Store for a coke for cocktails. This is a real step back in time. The store has one of everything one might need and a store clerk that gives medical advice on the spot. She is a nurse and was helping a young girl who had broken her collar bone.We have dinner and call it a night. Tomorrow is travel day.