It was more a matter of inconvenience than imminent danger when Stan, our Jetport pilot, informed us somewhere over Lake Ontario that he had to turn the plane around and return to Hamilton when a crack formed on the windshield.
Nobody complained and with good reason, but it did delay our flight east to Fox Harb’r in Wallace, N.S., where we’re making a whirlwind visit that will end late Tuesday afternoon when we return to Hamilton.
It took all of about 20 minutes to change planes back in Hamilton and we were soon back in the air before descending to the air strip right at Fox Harb’r.
According to general manager Jim Miller, many golfers fly in and within 20 minutes of touching down are on the first tee, but such was not the case for us. We took shots, but it wasn’t on the golf course, which we will visit Tuesday morning.
While it isn’t uncommon for a resort such as Fox Harb’r to offer après golf amenities such as a spa, where one of my fellow travelers had a facial and unfortunately looked the same as he always did afterwards, I took particular enjoyment in a unique facility.
As soon as you walk into the Sports Club at Fox Harb’r, the smell of a warm fire was detected, not overpowering but always noticeable in this cozy pine and fir building with comfortable leather couches and chairs.
We could partake in a cold beverage if we liked, but best to wait until after the activity of the day, which was guided by Stephen Herrett, who offered us a crash course in gun safety before we got into the sport shooting on the agenda.
A lifelong shooter, Herrett has found that several guests develop a passion for shooting clay pigeons out of the air.
“There’s a lot of enthusiasm for it. A lot of people find it’s the opposite of what everybody thinks. They get a lot of enjoyment and relaxation out of it,” said Herrett, adding that passion is shared by both genders.
“We have a lot of first-time women who have never shot before. They are actually pretty good at it,” he said.
The clay birds are shot into the air from down field, or from the side or behind the shooter, the idea being to follow the target and shatter it in the air.
“It’s designed to mimic actual things that you would see in the field when you’re hunting birds,” said Herrett, adding that many people use this type of sport shooting as practice before hunting.
The rifle gave a good kick when I missed on my first try, but managed to shatter the disk on the second shot. Several of the people alongside me got pretty adept at it and were regularly shooting their targets to smithereens as they went along.
They were hoping that accuracy continued on Tuesday, when we are scheduled to tee off in the morning before returning to Hamilton in the late afternoon.