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!
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#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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July 15th - Discovery Island (#50)

Dan and I went for a nice morning paddle out to the islands. The winds were light as we started as was the current which made for easy paddling all the way to Rudlin Bay. We saw the Discovery shuttle, Simon and Cheryl's boat in Rudlin Bay. On our way back we encountered some lumpy waters in Baynes Channel. We even got a few surfable waves.
Off to AK tomorrow, probably won't get too many paddles in, but will try! :)
I am a bit behind schedule for my goal this year! I may have to do a lot of paddling in the fall!
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15 km, YTD 471 km.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 12th - Discovery Island (#49)

Dan and I went for an early morning paddle around the islands. There was a bit of wind to start, but this then died down. Baynes was ebbing but was only lumpy well to the south of Cadboro point. We were able to keep up a good pace and had fun catching a couple of waves. It was nice to get out for a longer paddle!
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15 km, YTD 456 km

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 10th - Carmichael Passage, Haida Gwaii (#48)

I managed to get one short paddle in during my 2 week stint in Gwaii Haanas aboard S/V Maple Leaf - too many other fun things to do! On my last morning, I managed to get out for a quick paddle by myself and then another short one with a passenger. It is wonderful to explore the shore by kayak. One of the many creatures I saw was one that has a very fine name: leafy hornmouth! (it is a snail that preys upon barnacles).
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3 km, YTD 441 km

Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 18th - MEC Paddlefest - Willows Beach (#47)

I went to willows beach to participate in the MEC paddlefest. I was instructing two clinics, one on the forward stroke and the other on Greenland paddling. Both were well-attended and went well.
Though the day was a bit grey and drizzly, the winds were calm, so conditions were nice. I also got to meet Finn Steiner (and his mom who took one of my clinics). Finn is the youngest person, at 17, to paddle around our Island. Check out his blog. Finn Graduates high school this coming week!
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5 km, YTD 438 km

Saturday, June 17, 2017

June 17 - Discovery island (#46)

Dan, Robert, Paulo and I went for a morning paddle around the islands. Conditions were great for a relaxed paddle as there was little in the way of wind or current. Great chats as we paddled along trying to solve the world's problems! :)
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15 km, YTD 433 km

Friday, June 16, 2017

June 15th - Cadboro Bay Towing Clinic (#45)

Edgar and I led an evening towing clinic for SISKA in Cadboro bay. The strong afternoon winds and rain had abated and the bay was nice and calm. We went over different types of tow, towing gear and other aspects of towing and then spent a couple of hours practicing. We towed each other out to the two SALTS boats, Pacific Grace and Pacific Swift, which were anchored in the bay for the night.
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2 km, YTD 418 km