Cottage Country – Diving Daredevils in Dorset

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On our return trip from Sturgeon Falls, we took Highway #35 which passes through Dorset. I had visited Dorset for the first time last November on a cool, foggy day. At that time, the lake was shrouded in mist and there was hardly another person to be seen other than the staff working at Robinson’s General Store. Was I surprised at the contrast in activity on the August long weekend!

On Sunday, August 1st., Dorset was a hub of activity with barely a free table at the local restaurants and a 20 person line-up at the ice cream parlour!  The lake was sparking and crowded with power boats of various colours. For teenagers, this seemed to be “party central” or at least a spot to meet friends and make plans for the rest of the day.

While standing outside Dairy D’Lites, I noticed a crowd gathering and looking toward the bridge. There were cars crossing above and many boats taking their turn through the somewhat narrow opening below this one-lane structure. But there on the railing, I noticed 2 teenage girls trying to get their balance with the obvious intention of jumping into the narrow channel below. As concerned as I was for their safety, I still grabbed my camera hoping to get some action shots. Each one jumped separately, and somehow managed to land in the water and not on the deck of one of the boats passing under the bridge! These 2 were not the only ones to risk their lives (that’s the way I saw this activity!). As I stood there a large group of guys and girls made their way up to the bridge and took their turns.

Fortunately, no one was injured while I was there and perhaps this is a regular occurrence in Dorset in the summer. Dorset is obviously not just the sleepy little town that I’d seen in the Fall!

About janewalkerscards

Jane Walker is a Newcastle photographer who creates framed photographs, photo trays and matted greeting cards reflecting the beauty of nature and gardens. Her recent interest in birds, owls and other wildlife is now being reflected in her posts. As a member of the Oshawa Camera Club, Jane has started to enter some of her photos for judging and appreciates the critiques by the judges. You'll be surprised at what shows up under the guise of "janewalkerscards".
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