Fun and favourable summer

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It has been a praiseworthy summer for most in beautiful Bay of Islands so far. It is clear that not all enjoyed the heat. And, there is 40 more days of it yet to come.

Yes, officially, autumn is booked for late arrival and doesn't officially start until Sept. 23.

It has been a record hot season in Newfoundland and Labrador? Though outside temperatures in the daylight have fallen sharply of late, hot August nights yet prevail.

Some among us envisioned an early fall Tuesday evening watching people in McIvers rake and bag leaves.

There are still lots of leaves on the tree, and those on the ground were more likely victims of the mid-season heat than a any sign of an early start to fall, many would hope. Shorter daytime and assured winds will claim the rest in due course.

Except for some rain, which people bearing water shortages really need, and which is to be expected, a moderate end to summer is more likely.

The 40-odd days of commercial caplin weather saw long and hot days. The 30,000 metric tonnes of oceanic silver were ready for sale in continental and global markets, caught around the province this summer and dutifully handled by Bay of Islands workers happily feeding themselves and the masses.

Except for the occasional land breeze, as that which was shared in the waning hours of the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador summer food fishery, the weather and waters on beautiful Bay of Islands could hardly have been better for the federally regulated resident and recreational groundfish harvest.

All those able to enjoy sharing their catch with folks ashore benefitted from the calm of the sea.

People who cared to participate in the food fishery, which included more than a few ex-patriates coming home for summer holidays, report having successful days and weeks pursuing what was once thought to be the elusive cod.

It turns out they weren't quite that elusive this year.

They seemed more plentiful and were bigger than other years, according to those concerned with feeding their families and anyone else who cared to tag along for a day on the bay.

It was all fun and favourable by most accounts.

In passing, it seems that caplin and cod, whales and shorebirds, residents and tourists all feed off one another in the quest to survive.

The spirit of rural adventure is found among the children who come regularly to take part in the McIvers Recreation Committee's summer Adventure Night calendar.

The last in the debut summer adventure series from McIvers Recreation Commission is a happy trails adventure along the backwoods hiking route from the north shore highway on the Burnt Hills of McIvers through the trees and marshes to the topside lookout of BIg Head, from where the view is spectacular for pictures and to watch boats coming and going from the far reaches of the outer Bay of Islands.

Dave White welcomes your Bay of Islands news and events information at 688-2003, or email at davidjwhite@columnist.com.

Organizations: McIvers Recreation Committee, McIvers Recreation Commission

Geographic location: Bay of Islands, Newfoundland and Labrador, Burnt Hills

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