Thursday, August 27, 2015

August 27th - Caddy Bay (#75)

I took the Starboard SUP and Monica took the ATX with the Oarboard for an afternoon spin around the bay. Conditions were nice and I had a quick chat with Dean of "Caddybuoy" (used to have "panga") that is moored on the north side of the bay. He has a very nice 22 ft Lifetimer!
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2 km, YTD 586 km

August 28th - Discovery Island (#74)

Dan and I went for a morning "run" around Chatham and Discovery. It was great to get out and paddle a bit more distance. We had a plums and water break at heritage Point beach and noticed that the old bungalow on the beach was being bulldozed. Here yesterday, gone today!
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15 km, YTD 584 km

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

August 26th - Cadboro Bay (#73)

I went for a short afternoon paddle around Cadboro Bay, making it a full tour of the bay from Cadboro to Cattle Points. Nice to be paddling on home waters again. I could hear several E-18 growlers taking off from Whidbey Island. Quite the noise!
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8 km, YTD 569 km.

August 23rd - Kynoch Inlet (#72)

I went for an early morning paddle with Steve under the dramatic cliffs of Kynock inlet. Gazing up at these 2000+ foot cliffs, etched by glaciers was quite something...
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2 km, YTD 561 km

Here is a map showing all four trips:
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I saw so many places that would have been wonderful to spend days exploring by sea kayak on these trips! Must go back!

August 22nd - Khutze Inlet (#71)

I went for a morning paddle with Steve into the estuary of Khutze inlet. There were many seals lined up on the bank like sausages!
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4 km, YTD 559 km

August 20th - Barnard Harbour (#70)

My second short paddle while on our Whales and Wild Islands trip. This time I went out with Stuart. Saw a bear in the estuary.
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2 km, YTD 555 km

August 19th Campagnia Island (#69)

While acting as naturalist on board MV Swell, I was able to get out for a few paddles on our North Coast trip. We were so busy on the Alaska trip that I never found time to get out.
This trip was in McMicking inlet on Campagnia Island. A beautiful protected area on the outer coast. I went for a short paddle with Sue.
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3 km, YTD 553 km

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

August 4th - Cadboro Bay (#68)

I went out for a short evening paddle with Monica. There was a stiff 10-15 kt SW wind blowing so we hugged the SW shore of the bay and only went as far as "islet 7". The Caddy Bay sailors were out and it looked like they were having a great evening. It was nice to sneak out for a quick paddle in between fishing trips and heading of to Alaska on Thursday.
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4 km, YTD 550 km

Thursday, July 23, 2015

July 23 - Cadboro Bay (#67)

I went out for a quick evening paddle around Cadboro Bay in the surf ski. It was quite windy with a little chop, and you can see on the track that I got some help from the wind and current between Cattle Point and Jemmy Jones. It was good to clear the cobwebs out! There was a SUP event going on at the beach in Gyro Park.
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7 km, YTD 546 km

Thursday, July 09, 2015

July 9th - Westover Lake (AB) (#66)

While staying with Jack and Mary, we went for a short paddle on nearby Westover Lake. There was a loon calling as well as lots of little "clouds" of small fish dotted around the shallow lake. I also had fun watching leeches move around!
2 km, YTD 539 km

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

July 8th - New Denver (#65)

I went for a short morning SUP paddle on our last morning in New Denver (BTW, we loved our visit to new Denver, especially hiking to Idaho Peak and the Sandon ghost town). Again nice clam conditions with magnificent views of the Valhallas.
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3 km, YTD 537 km

Sunday, July 05, 2015

July 7 - Oyama (#s 62, 63, 64)

While in Oyama on our way to Alberta, I managed to squeeze in three paddles. A solo morning paddle and an afternoon paddle with Monica and a solo SUP outing. Conditions were nice and sunny and calm.
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17 km combined, YTD 534 km

Friday, July 03, 2015

June 28 - July 2 Gwaii Hanaas (#s 58-61)

While I was working on MV Swell as a naturalist in Gwaii Hanaas, I managed to get out for 4 short paddles in one of their cute little Delta 10s. We had amazing weather and conditions throughout the trip and it was great to putter about in our anchorages in the kayaks.Looking forward to Alaska and the North Coast in August.
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Ikeda cove - June 28 - 2 km - click to enlarge
De La Beche Inlet June 30/July 1 - 4 km - click to enlarge

Anna Inlet - July 2 - 1.5 km - click to enlarge
7 km, YTD 517 km

Monday, June 22, 2015

June 21st - Oyama (#57)

I managed to sneak in an early morning paddle while out in Oyama for the weekend. It was nice to do a quick tour of the "south bays", check out old haunts and to stretch out a bit. Okanagan mornings are lovely!
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7 km, YTD 510 km

Thursday, June 18, 2015

June 14, 2015 - Angel Island (#56)

I met up with two very nice Bay Area paddlers, Jackie and Diane, for a paddle from Sausalito around Angel Island. I rented a kayak and gear from Sea Trek Kayak and SUP which was a very well organized and equipped outfitter. We had what seems to be typical SFBay cloud and wind which was generating about a 1 ft chop. The current was generally in our favour for the outbound trip and similarly for the return (thanks to good planning by Jackie!). The wind was really only against us for the after lunch return trip - bit of a slog from Belvedere back to Sausalito. There was plenty of boat traffic, views of Alcatraz, cormorants, scoters and grebes. The shoreline of Angel Island also had good geology! I was fortunate that Jackie also likes Greenland paddles and was able to lend me one of hers. It was great to get out for a paddle in the Bay area before my Galapagos symposium. Thanks so much to Jackie and Diane!
After my paddle, I took a tour around the "Bay Model" which is a 2 acre scale model of the waters of the SF Bay area made by the Corps of Engineers to study water movement in the bay.
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17 km, YTD 503 km