Sunday, May 06, 2007

A Current Affair

It was cloudy, it was misty, it was drizzling. But this sort of weather would never stop a group of expert, hardened kayakers.
Unfortunately, there was only us around.
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We headed out into Cadboro Bay: Alison, Louise, Paula, Bernie and me.
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It was a busy day on the water. There was a sailing regatta...
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...and big sailboats.
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We decided to try to venture over to the Chain Islands. The weather wasn't great, but it wasn't getting any worse.
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So we headed out. What we didn't count on was the current.
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As we neared a small islet in front of the Chain Islands, we all had the same startling revelation -- Hey, the islet is moving! Only it wasn't the Islet, it was us!
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We got caught in a strong outflow current. Hitting the Chain Islands was no longer important -- we were more worried about hitting Japan! Okay, so it wasn't that bad, but some of us did feel like our comfort level was being pushed.
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We took shelter in the lee of another island while we plotted out next move.
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The way back didn't look too bad. There was a bit of current off the island, but once past that, it looked quite doable. But we weren't in hurry to leave because a) Alison had snacks....
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...and b) an eagle was giving us a bit of a show.
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Finally we ventured across the channel and to home.
Onward, ho!

My pictures are here.

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