Thursday, October 12, 2017

October 12 - Cadboro Bay (#74)

I went for a quick morning paddle out to collect the crab traps that I had left out. There was one nice keeper in one of the traps... :)
There was a pacific loon in the bay which was nice to see.
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3km, TYD 632 km

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 9th - Discovery Island (#73)

Dan and I went for a nice morning paddle out to the islands. Conditions were good with not too much current. We saw sea lions and seals and managed to pick up some crabs from my traps on the way back!
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15 km, YTD 629 km

Saturday, October 07, 2017

October 7th - Ten Mile Point (#72)

I went for another morning paddle, but this time I went in the opposite direction to Ten Mile Point. Conditions were pretty good, though there was a pretty stiff headwind from Cadboro Point to Jemmy Jones! I saw a few Canada geese, cormorants, marbled murrelets and a beautiful male harlequin duck!
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I was using the kayak activity on my Garmin Vivoactive HR watch and this is a link to the page for that activity. Shows some interesting stats... https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2061856489

8 km, YTD 614 km

Friday, October 06, 2017

October 6th - Cattle Point (#71)

I went for a quick morning paddle out to Cattle Point and back. There was a fairly stiff breeze from the S, which made for a slower outward and a faster return trip! Starting to see the winter birds around. there was a good flock of American wigeon at the beach when I started.
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5 km, YTD 606 km

September 29th - Cameron Cove (#70)

While I was on a Maple Leaf Adventures Great Bear Rainforest trip from Bella Bella to Kitimat, we managed to squeeze in a short paddle on one of the nice calm days. Cameron Cove was a great spot for a paddle and can be a place to see wolves and bears as well as many birds. As I was returning to the MV Swell, I spotted whale spouts outside the cove which eventually led us to a magnificent display of bubble net feeding!
Cameron Cove - click to enlarge
click to enlarge - zoomed out to see the location
5 km, YTD 601 km

Saturday, September 23, 2017

September 23rd - Gorge (#69)

I went for a morning SUP paddle in the Gorge. Nice conditions. Lots of snail(?) eggs on the eelgrass. Plenty of Canada geese around. Lots of airplanes in the harbour. GPS battery did not work so track is manually created!
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12 km, YTD 596 km.

Monday, September 04, 2017

September 4th - Caboro Bay (#68)

I went for a morning paddle around the bay. Another beautiful one. I could see the forest fire smoke starting to come in. Visibility is getting less. Ran into Don who was out for a nice paddle with a friend. Since this was a morning paddle, the tide heights were very different from the past few afternoons. Very little current. The channel at Cadboro Point was dry, so I did not go around! There was a tug with a log book just getting going in Oak Bay.
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8 km, YTD 584 km

Sunday, September 03, 2017

September 3rd - Cadboro bay (#67)

I went for another afternoon spin on the surf ski. It is a nice way to do a quick paddle around the bay. I stopped to chat with friends a couple of times and also to take some weed of my mooring buoy! Mt Rainier was no longer visible today due to haze.
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7 km, YTD 576 km

Saturday, September 02, 2017

September 2nd - Cadboro Point (#66)

I went for an afternoon paddle out to Cadboro Point with the surf ski. I do like how fast the surf ski paddles! It is so light to carry and simple to set up. The only worry I have is hitting the rudder on a rock!
I stopped a couple of times to chat with friends along the shore. We live in such a wonderful paddling area
I saw a bull California Sea Lion on my way back from Jemmy Jones. The bump on his head was quite noticeable. I also saw a group of young harlequin ducks - they did not want to fly way!
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7 km. YTD 569 km

Friday, September 01, 2017

September 1st - Cadboro Bay (#65)

Jenny and I went for an evening paddle on SUPs along the south side of Cadboro Bay. It was a beautiful clear cal evening, with the view clear all the way to Mr. Rainier.
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3 km, YTD 562 km

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

August 29th - Cadboro Bay (#64)

I went for a quick after lunch paddle to get a bit of exercise and took the surf ski - so light and fast!
I averaged 7.9 kph over exactly 1 hour of paddling!
I saw a few marbled murrelets and picked up a floating Clamato juice bottle. The ebb current definitely slowed me down on my way to Cadboro point, but also sped me up on my way to Flower Islet/Evans Rock! Nice to get out again!
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8 km, YTD 559 km

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August 26th - oyama (#63)

I managed a couple of short paddles/rows while we stopped in Oyama on the way back from Calgary and Idaho (for the eclipse!). In the morning I took the sit on top for a short daybreak paddle. Beautiful light and calm quiet water - nothing but me and a few grebes!
In the afternoon I inflated the Baylee2 and took it for a row over to the bench. It handled a 5 km row quite nicely. It was a bit slower than the kayak, but rowed well. Lots of boats on the lake on a Saturday afternoon!
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8 km, YTD 551 km

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 16th - Discovery Island (#62)

George and I went for a morning paddle around my favourite local islands, and we were in for a treat. The weather and currents were good, though there was some lumpy water in Batnes Channel. As we approached the NE corner of Chatham Island I thought I could see several whale spouts - by their size, and since they were behind a rocky point, I thought they were humpbacks, but as I got closer it turned out they were a pod of orcas hunting along the shore. I am pretty sure that they were playing with a seal, but did not get a close/clear enough look! What a treat to see orcas - some came pretty close to us! We fought a bit of wind and current across Rudlin Bay, but otherwise had favourable currents.
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15 km, YTD 543 km

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 15th - Discovery Island (#61)

Dan and I went for a mid-day paddle around the islands. The weather was great, light winds and sunny and the currents were slack or weak.We stopped for a snack in the park. Nice to get a substantial paddle in! :)
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15 km, YTD 528 km

Monday, August 14, 2017

10 paddles in Alaska (#s 51-60)

I spent July 16 to August 12 aboard MV Swell in southeast Alaska working as a naturalist for Maple Leaf Adventures. During that time I was able to lead ten short paddles with guests. Not too much details about each paddle, but all were fun!
overview of paddle sites as red dots - click to enlarge

#1 - Windham Bay - July 18th - 2 km
Windham Bay click to enlarge
#2 Gambier Bay - July 21st - 5 km
Gambier Bay - click to enlarge
#3 Warm Springs Bay - July 22nd - 2 km
Warm Springs Bay - the tide was right for getting into the salt lagoon!
#4 Magoun Islands - July 24th - 4 km
Magound Islands - click to enlarge
#5 Magoun Islands - July 25th - 2 km
Magoun Islands - July 25th - click to enlarge
#6 Warm Springs Bay - July 28th - 6 km
Warm Springs Bay - click to enlarge
#7 Gambier Bay - July 29 - 6 km
Gambier Bay -click to enlarge
#8 Good Island, Gambier Bay - August 1st - 6 km
Good Island Gambier Bay - click to enlarge
#9 Gambier Bay - August 8th - 5 km
Gambier Bay - click to enlarge
#10 Stone Island, South Etolin - August 10 - 4 km
Stone Island - click to enlarge
42 km total for Alaska - YTD 513 km