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