Sunday, August 12, 2007

Ménage à Cinq

It was one of those kinds of paddles. Cloudy and a little windy. The water was choppy and thick like a thick soup. The currents weren't overly strong, but combined with the wind they made for an adventurous paddle.
Because it was a cloudy and gloomy day, my bow cameras took a lot of pictures that look like this:

We put in at Ardwell Road in Sidney. The tide was quite a way out, and Louise had a little trouble getting going.

The beach was quite "squooshy." Alison found a different approach to launching.

We weren't the only ones having trouble in the bay.

It was Tracy, Alison, Louise, Paula and myself today. (Bernie was off formulating his plans for world domination.) You can see that we were in chop and waves for most of the paddle.

We were going to go to The Sphinx...

...but when we got into open water the currents that way looked a little strong, so instead we crossed over to Coal Island....

...where we found a local group of seals. There were lots of baby seals around so we gave them a wide berth.

On the return crossing, we waited for this boat to pass. As Tracy noted, "The one with the money has the right-of-way."

It was another bumpy crossing.

We made it across safely. But once we returned to the calm waters in the bay where we had launched from, my fellow kayakers almost had a big pile-up! But what did you expect -- women drivers!

Well, that's all for this week! Hopefully, I'll be back next week with another exciting paddle report, assuming that I'm allowed out of the doghouse!

John's pictures are here.

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