Sunday, September 26, 2021

September 24th - Crystal Cove, Tofino (#67)

I went for a short paddle out from Mackenzie Beach while we were camping at Crystal cove Resort. Conditions were nice with very little swell. The Aquaglide inflatable is not the fastest craft! :)

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3 km, YTD 627 km

Monday, September 06, 2021

September 6th - Cadboro Bay (#65)

I managed to get out for a short afternoon paddle on the SUP. Conditions were nice with a bit of a wind coming into the bay. I saw Ned and George in the boats as I paddled through RVYC

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4 km, YTD 624 km

August 20-30 - Great Bear Rainforest (#s 58 to 64)

While working as expedition leader for Maple Leaf Adventures on board MV Cascadia I managed to get out for 7 paddles over two trips. I enjoy paddling these Aquaglide Chelan 155 inflatables. They are comfortable, track well and are not too slow! :)

#58 - August 20 - Chief Matthews Bay - 3 km

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#59 - August 21 -Kitlope Anchorage - 3 km

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#60 - August 23 - McMicking Inlet, Campania Island - 5 km

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#61 - August 25 - Cameron Cove, Barnard Harbour, Princess Royal Island - 3 km

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#62 - August 28 - Chief Matthews Bay - 4 km

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#63 - August 30 - Cameron Cove, Barnard Harbour, Princess Royal island - 3 km

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#64 - August 30 - McMicking Inlet, Campania Island - 3 km

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24 km total, YTD 620 km

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

August 17th - Discovery island (#57)

I managed to get out for a late afternoon paddle with Fraser. We had great conditions with minimal wind and current. We saw some of the usual suspects ( It was neat to see so many belted kingfishers. I also ran into Ben who was paddling out in the islands and saw Ryan and Eric on the way back by Flower Island.

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13 km, YTD 596 km

August 6th - Geirþjófsfjörður (#56)

While working on the Lindblad National Geographic Explorer, I managed to get out for a paddle with a guest in Geirþjófsfjörður in the West Fjords near Dynjandi waterfall. Nice calm afternoon and we saw well over 100 Eurasian oystercatchers. My only paddle out of the country so far this year!

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3km, YTD 583 km

Friday, July 09, 2021

July 9th - Cadboro Bay (#55)

I went for a morning paddle around the bay. Conditions were nice and calm and sunny. My primary purpose was to do a census of the Canada geese that are along the shores of the bay. They are currently molting, so will not fly and are easy to count. I counted 217 geese between Cattle Point and Cadboro Point. Only 5 were clearly young birds. In addition I saw a nice assortment of sea and shorebirds (rhinoceros auklet, black oystercatcher, killdeer and a good number of purple martins at the yacht club

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8 km, YTD 580 km

Thursday, July 08, 2021

July 8th - Discovery Island (#54)

Dan and I went out for a morning paddle around the islands - probably my last chance for a month - and had a great paddle. Conditions were windy but not bad - a bit of lumpy water here and there. It was still ebbing when we started but had turned to flood by the time we returned. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of rhinoceros auklets we saw - three groups of 20+ near Jemmy Jones Island.

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15 km, YTD 572 km

Friday, July 02, 2021

July 2nd - Discovery Island (#53)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle out to the islands and conditions were excellent, no wind and little current. It was one of the few times I have paddled through the "sluice"  with no current. Looking at our track back from Commodore Point, it is pretty straight. We saw many Canada geese - one wonders how many of these pests the bay can support! Visibility was not great so we could not see Mts Baker or Rainier.

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15 km, YTD 557 km

Monday, June 28, 2021

June 28 - Chatham Island (#52)

I paddled over to Staines Islet to meet Fraser who is briefly in Victoria and go for a paddle. The current was fairly strong crossing Baynes, but not enough to make the water lumpy! Fraser wanted to practice his self rescues so i coached him a bit on scramble and paddle-float reentries. After that we went to play in the currents between Vantreight and Chatham islands - the "sluice". We had fun ferrying across the current and also doing eddy s-turns.

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11 km, YTD 542 km

Sunday, June 27, 2021

June 27th- Cadboro bay (#51)

I went for an early SUP to avoid the heat (might have been better todo it later in the day and fall in!) and to deposit some crab shells back into the bay. It was a beautiful morning and I had a leisurely paddle looking for birds.  Though there were not many species, most were different from my usual! belted kingfisher, greater yellowlegs and many purple martins around the yacht club docs. The nest boxes must be working!

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2 km, YTD 531 km

Thursday, June 24, 2021

June 24th - Discovery Island (#50)

I paddled out to Cadboro Point (Maynard Cove) to meet Dan and Paulo for a paddle around the islands. We had favourable currents on the outward and return journeys which was nice! We could see both Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker today which was nice. There were now California or Steller's sea lions on Brinn Rock, though there were plenty of seals around. I saw a good number of marbled murrelets in their summer plumage 

We had some fun chats about how so many people are on the conspiracy theory bandwagon...

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16 km, YTD 529 km

Sunday, June 20, 2021

June 20th - Discovery Island (#49)

The morning after my return from the six-week debris removal expeditions I managed to get out for a morning paddle with Dan. It was great to get out on the water after several weeks with almost no paddling. The wind and the current did not cause us much trouble (minimal lumpy water) and we saw quite a few others on the water. I found a scotsman fender/buoy on Griffin island which I managed to bring home! Mt Baker was nice and clear, but we could not see Mt. Rainier. Marbled murrelets, rhinoceros auklets, harlequin ducks, black oystercatchers, Canada geese, great blue herons were on the bird list. Looking at the track, we were able to keep up a steady pace.

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15 km, YTD 513 km

May 27th - McMicking Inlet (#48)

Carl and I went for an evening paddle to join the gang on the beach by the bog forest. We had the wind behind us on the way out and against on the way back to Cascadia. It was a beautiful evening and we also went for a short hike to the bog forest behind the beach. There were lots of sundews in the bog - more than I have seen before.

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8 km, YTD 498 km

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

May 5th - Discovery Island (#47)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle (last one before I leave for MDRI2021) around the islands. There was a bit of a northerly wind but virtually no current. We decided to go through the Chathams instead of around and I saw someone on Alpha Islet ER and went to check them out. It turns out it was Matt F so no problem and we carried on. We also saw someone on Jemmy Jones and I explained to him that it was an ecological Reserve. he apologized and left the island. (I am in the process of becoming an ER warden). No lumpy water today and not that many birds. We saw Oystercatchers displaying which was cool.

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15 km, YTD 490 km

Monday, May 03, 2021

May 3rd - Discovery Island (#46)

I paddled out to Cadboro Point to meet Dan and Paulo for a paddle around the islands. Today the sky was overcast with occasional sprinkles. The predicted 5-10 knots of wind decreased to -5 as predicted which made for easy paddling. The buffleheads have definitely all gone and there are fewer species of birds around now. It was nice to see a few marbled murrelets around.

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15 km, YTD 475 km