M IDDLE H EAD H IKE - I NGONISH We came roaring back into Ingonish to stop at the Fresh market for lunch and dinner food. Got ham for lunch sandwiches and chicken stew (No Name Brand) for supper. Also got a couple of tomatoes for the meals. Then we rushed home to find Sharon had been sleeping and was not worried about our late arrival. Lunch was delicious since we added potato chips to the sandwiches. Then we took Sharon with us and headed for the Middle Head hike. It was along a finger of land sticking out into the Atlantic, ending in sea stacks. It took about two hours round trip and afforded some wonderful views of the ocean and the settlements along the shorelines opposite Middle Head, including our own Ingonish and this comfortable “ home away from home. ” The hike was not hard but there was a lot of upping and downing so we enjoyed the view at the end. We were treated to a lone pilot whale frolicking in the Atlantic near the sea stacks. F RESHWATER L AKE H IKE - I NGONISH Our final hike was around Freshwater Lake where we were hoping to see muskrats and beavers. The hike was really just a walk since the trail was wheelchair accessible! We never saw any muskrats and though we did see a beaver lodge and some evidence of beaver tree-felling, we saw no beavers in the flesh. On our way back we did see a lone loon on the lake though and that was cool. Ingonish Beach was very interesting itself (the freshwater lake is just across a spit of land from that beach) because of all the cobblestones piled up along the shore. The waves crashed and thundered on the beach even when they didn ’ t look very violent or high, but the beach above the high tide line was littered with thousands of these cobblestones of various sizes from about 6 inches to an inch or so — all very smooth and rounded. A sign told us that they had NOT been brought there by humans though it certainly looked that way. Rather, the powerful Atlantic brings them in and deposits them there over the years and centuries. Very peculiar indeed.
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