Sunday, March 29, 2020

March 29th - Cadboro Bay (#12)

I went out for a short morning paddle. It was a bit windy, so I kept to the lee (SW) shore of the bay for much of the trip. I was able to keep my 2m distance pretty easily! You can see the difference the wind made to my paddling speed as I crossed the bay each way.
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6 km, YTD 64 km

Monday, March 23, 2020

March 21 - Cadboro Bay (#11)

I went t out to check the crab traps, but there were no keeper Dungeness crabs. Two keeper red rock which I let go and a female Dungeness.
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3 km, YTD 58 km.

March 21st - Oak Bay Marina (#10)

I decided to paddle south today and went over to Oak Bay marina. Lots of people out, but no crowds.
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9 km, YTD 55 km

March 20th - Cadboro bay (#9

I took the hobie i12s to drop off a couple of crab traps...
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3 km, YTD 46 km

March 19th - Cadboro Bay (#8)

Monica and I went out for a tootle around the bay. Ran into and had a chat with the McGees. Monica was testing out the hobie with the mirage drive.

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3 km, YTD 43 km

March 18th - Telegraph Bay (#7)

I decided to paddle the coast to the north for a change and went all the way to Telegraph and back. It was interesting to have seen river otters on yesterdays and today's paddles... I can see that paddling the F1 is noticeably slower than the surf ski!
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10 km, YTD 40 km

March 16th - Cadboro Bay (#6)

One day after I made it home from Antarctica... made it out for a paddle. Happy to be back on home waters again. Nice to see all the usual bird species as well as a few spring arrivals like long-tailed ducks. I am in two weeks of isolation so solo paddles for now....
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7 km, YTD 30 km

March 3rd - Grytviken (#5)

I was able to grab an opportunity, thanks to Zach and Kurtis, to go for a short paddle while working on board Island Sky. The kayaks are nice and we paddled over to a creek where a bunch of baby fur seals were playing. The GPS did not work perfectly, hence the yellow line in the track.
It was cool to have paddled in South Georgia - I would love to do more!
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2 km, YTD 23 km

February 5th - Tagus Cove (#4)

I went for a nice paddle around Tagus cove while on board the NG Islander in the Galapagos Islands. I saw quite a few penguins, sea turtles and cormorants as well as many marine iguanas , sally lightfoot crabs and sunstars.
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4km, YTD 21 km

Jan 31st - Flamingo FL (#3)

I went down to Flamingo in the Everglades NP and managed to rent a kayak for an afternoon paddle up the channel. I saw lots of nice birds that day and a highlight was seeing a manatee mom and calf! Birding in the Everglades is pretty good!You can see the spot where I saw the manatee as a red point on the track.
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7 km, YTD 17 km

Jan 30th - Pennekamp Park (#2)

I took a Crystal Kayak out for a test drive to see how it might work on board some of the ships. This clear kayak was neat to paddle as it was completely see through. Paddling it in protected mangroves in calm seas was very fun. I saw plenty of the upside-down jellies (Cassiopea sp) and other mangrove species. It was nice to get out for a paddle while I was between trips in Florida. The mangrove channels have lots of fun twists and turns!
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5km, YTD 10 km

Jan 13th - Devil Island (#1)

My first paddle of the year was with a guest on the National Geographic Explorer. It was a beautiful day and there was some nice ice and a few seals around. I also got to paddle up close to the edge of the glacier. Which has clearly receded based on the plot.
Since I was away in the Antarctic and Galapagos from mid-December to mid_March, I did not get too much paddling in!
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5 km, YTD 5km

Friday, December 13, 2019

December 13th - Cadboro Bay (#57)

I went for a late morning paddle in nice calm conditions around the bay. It is my last day in town for a while so it was nice to take a last opportunity to explore the bay. The usual birds were out and I came across a largish group of 35 black oystercatchers on a rock! I also ran into Dixie who was on the beach with a group of kids - school was out for them!
I did a counter-clockwise route this time since the wind was from the SW and there was a flood current in the channel. As a result, I was able to maintain a 7.5 kph average speed. - nice blue track!
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8 km, YTD 427 km

Monday, December 09, 2019

December 9th - Chatham Island (and wolf!) (#56)

Dan and I went for a paddle around Chatham Island. We decided to make it a shorter paddle and I am so glad we did! We checked out the lagoon on West Chatham and did not go far in as there were 14 great blue herons perched in the tall trees around the lagoon and I did not want to disturb them. As we made our way around the top end of West Chatham (after passing the "sluice" between Vantreight and West Chatham) Takaya trotted across the shallow channel right in front of us! It has been quite a while since I have seen him and to have such a phenomenal view was a real treat. He stayed around and watched us until we left...

I have posted a bunch of images and video of the wolf which I took with my phone at the following link: Wolf Photo Album

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11 km, YTD 419 km

Sunday, December 08, 2019

December 8th - SISKA paddle to Spectacle Falls (#55

I joined 14 other SISKA paddlers for a Sunday paddle out into Saanich inlet. We were ably led by Gary and it was a perfect day for a paddle with no rain and calm seas. We paddled across to Bamberton and then along the shore to Spectacle Falls before heading to Mackenzie Bight for lunch. On the way back from lunch to the launch site I managed to paddle under at least 20 docks! We saw a good number of birds: buffleheads, surf scoters,  bald eagles, great blue heron, hooded merganser, common merganser, belted kingfisher and glaucous-winged gull.
This was the first time I have taken the kayak on the roof for a day paddle since March! It was great to chat with a bunch of old friends and make some new ones.
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15 km, YTD 408 km