It seems like forever since I’ve been on a true coastal walk on a remote wild, windy, salty beach. But … if I can’t fulfill that dream, with Covid-19 still hanging on, a fun walk along Skaha Lake beach in Penticton on a breezy late winter day, with my good friend Merle, is a great alternative.
Wild grasses on sand dunes (or at least on stretches of sandy beach),
floats washed up on the beach (even if one is a marker for the swimming area and the other is a tiny fishing float for lake trout),
driftwood (well, okay, trees falled for beach campfires),
a shipwreck (or at least an old wooden boat abandoned on the sand),
and waves on the shoreline.
All these remind me of ocean beaches. Now if only there was the amazing scent of the salty ocean winds, it would be perfect!
Still, lakeshores are beautiful, too. Instead of seeing misty islands off in the distance, there is a misty view—enjoyed by geese and swans—of lovely mountains in the distance.
Branches cut down by beavers have intriguing teeth marks.
Waves may be small, but they still provide amazing reflections and patterns.
Speaking of patterns, check out these old gnarly trees, windblown and hanging onto the sand for dear life, and sheltering tiny creatures in their bark.
And last but not least, an amazing bush with brilliant scarlet flowers (even when other plant life is in the grey depths of winter sleep) … with its branches covered with soft tiny hairs reflecting the sun.
Yes, I would love a walk along a wild coastal beach, but there’s special beauty here, too, in our lovely Okanagan Valley.