Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The year in review

I had another great year of paddling though I did not make either of my "goals" (100 paddles and/or 1000 km) due to some tendinitis in my elbow during the last month or so. That said, I was able to paddle in Galapagos, Ireland, Scotland, Washington State and Iceland as well as the west coast of BC. Looking forward to the 10th year of my paddling blog. I made it over 10,000 km since I started blogging - a quarter of the way around the world!
Thanks to all my paddling partners for making it a fun year of paddling!

Year/Paddles/Distance (km)
2014 98   911
2013 92 1063
2012 87 1001
2011 105 1217
2010 124 1214
2009 116 1381
2008 75 1080
2007 66 1098
2006 77 1273
Total 840 10238

Sunday, December 28, 2014

December 28th - Cadboro Bay (#98)

I decided to go for a short afternoon paddle to see how the elbow tendinitis was faring with paddling. The upshot is that I can still feel it but it isn't getting any worse (or better?). Conditions were good. I discovered that the back way through RVYC is now closed off at lower tides ( less than 7 ft?)
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5 km, YTD 911 km

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

December 17th - Buccaneer Cove, Santiago Island (#97)

I managed to get out for another paddle at Buccaneer Cove, Santiago (James) Island. Again, exploring the shoreline by kayak was fun, though the distance covered was not great. We were able to explore the inside of a neat cave as well. I wish I could paddle around an entire island or two in the archipelago!
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3 km, YTD 906 km

December 16th - Tagus Cove, Galapagos (#96)

I went for a paddle along the shore of Tagus Cove, Isabela Island. Kayaking along the shores of these islands gives a great perspective on intertidal life, as well as Galapagos penguins and flightless cormorants. We followed this with a snorkel and then a hike up to the top of Tagus cone.
close up of route - click to enlarge

Zoomed out to see Tagus and beagle craters - click to enlarge
3 km, YTD 903 km

Sunday, December 07, 2014

December 6th - Cattle Point (#95)

I joined 16 other SISKA paddlers for a short morning paddle out to Cattle Point before the Christmas party at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. Though it was raining a bit when we started, this dried up and we had a great little paddle in nice calm conditions. The party afterwards was also great! The tide was quite high allowing us to sneak around various rocks and islets, making for an interesting paddle.
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6 km, YTD 900 km

I have been having some tendinitis in my left elbow and have not been paddling as far or as often in the past few weeks. Though I will likely make 100 paddles in the year, I am not sure about making it to 1000 km this year! :(