Our walk this morning was from Grotto Beach to Sopies Klip, a distance of 12 kilometres in total along the beach. It took three hours and, despite a stiff easterly breeze, was very pleasant and a good opportunity to feel the sand between one’s toes. Kinky’s dogs kept us company and certainly enjoyed it, although they weren’t too sure about her wanting to take up residence in the rock shelter at our destination. Rumour has it that a latterday strandloper lived there for many years.
There were many Black Oystercatchers along the way, attesting to their successful breeding since beach driving was stopped. For the rest we saw little other than Gulls and occasional Terns. The only sour note was struck when we returned and were greeted by the awful stench of the lagoon where all forms of life must be waning fast in this decaying waterway.