Sunday, August 28, 2011

Whiterock Beach is a Rock-Solid Summertime Destination

Just spent the day walking around the beach today watching the tide
change from low to high tide. We walked around barefooted enjoying
the feel of slimy seaweed and warm water on our feet. There were
people flying kites and kids running around catching baby crabs on the
sand. It was low tide early in the morning so it was easy to see all
the creepy crawlies.

We had fish & chips at the Moby Dick Restaurant
(www.mobydickrestaurant.com, 15479 Marine Drive, 604-536-2424). There is always a line up because the fish is so good. I usually get the
2-piece fish & chips for $14.95. A medium drink and small home-made
tartar sauce usually sets me back $35 because I usually grab two
orders. There were picnic benches alongside the beach so it was
perfect.

We walked off the big lunch along the seawall to ensure we burn off
some of the fat. Along the way, we saw a bald eagle guarding its nest.

It's hard to really burn off any fat because K & C always fancy a bit
of ice cream after meals. We stopped by Dolce Gelato (15045 Marine
Drive, http://dinehere.ca/white-rock/dolce-gelato, 604-535-1070).

Then we saw exhibitionists along the pier. There was a group of
professional sand-castle builders working on a big sand-castle. They
were asking for donations for the entertainment and made a game out of
it by setting up a bucket for the coin donations, on top of a bullseye
mat. If you miss the bullseye, just keep tossing in the coins until
you make it into the bucket.

There was a woman with a wooden sword sparring against an imaginary
opponent. She drew herself a big circle around the sand to let people
know that was out-of-bounds. She looked silly while she practiced. On
the other side of the pier, there were inland skimboarders and they
were drawing a lot of spectators. They had different kinds of ramps in
place of waves but this sport is perfect during low tides.

Like most beaches, finding cheap parking is always a challenge. Bylaw
officers are always walking around so make sure you don't exceed
alotted parking minutes. It cost me $9 to park for 3 hours. A little
steep if you ask me but that's what it usually costs for a classy
place.

(The City of Whiterock, www.city.whiterock.bc.ca, 604.541.2100)

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