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Alright, so I've seen Brentwood bay from a few angles now. The only way I've yet to go is north. The plan today was to at least visit so called 15 minute island, or Senanus island. The trip got extended a bit beyond that, and we ended up almost paddling out to Pat Bay before turning around. 15 minute island gets its title from the "It can't be more than 15 minutes away," and from the end of the marina in brentwood bay, that guess is mostly correct. From jumping boat wakes to enjoying a fairly serene place, this paddle put a big smile on my face.




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Alison left early this morning for a hot lap around Tod Inlet, so those of us who arrived at 9 met Allison already geared up and rip raring to go. I was the last on the water this morning and we were surrounded by kayakers. One couple was incoming after an early start and another, Dave, met us at the parking lot all ready for the VCKC outing leaving from Coles Bay later in the morning. The weather was overcast so i stupidly donned my paddling jacket. Lucky for me, the paddling jacket breathes really well, so I didn't get too hot on the outing. We put in at our usual launch next to the ferry terminal and made our way out to 15 minute island.




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Brenwood bay and the entire saanich inlet was a giant swimming pool. Any wind we found failed to cross the 7knot mark and generally acted as air conditioning instead of a nuisance. on our way out we got to see a number of boats in the marina, but the one that sticks in my mind was a small power boat covered in astro turf. A quick look in the cockpit revealed a sign that said, "please keep off the new lawn." From the marina we headed out to Senanus island and had the opportunity to jump a nice boat wake on the way up to the shores. I paddled as fast as could to catch it and came slamming down on the other side. We arrived at 15 minute island and rounded it handily - cathcing some snaps of oystercatchers enjoying the sun and peace. John was able to get pretty close to them, so I look forward to the entry on kayak yak.




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On the north shore is a fantastically weather beaten white light nav aid. It's one of those places where you could take 100 pictures of the thing and not get a single bad one. I like well behaved subjects like navigation lights. Alison rhetorically asked "we don't have to turn back now do we?" I immediately said hey let's go over to that distant headland! And that headland turned into another headland. I sort of wanted to see the ocean science pier in Patricia bay, so it was nothward ho. There wasn't much resistance to paddling quite a few kilometers in search of pat bay.




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We passed the usual amazing homes that seem to grow out of the rock faces. There really is no absence of money out here. It seems to be a rule that you must own a boat and it must be awesome or hidden under the porch. Some houses on the points even had a full angled view of the entire northern inlet. We passed dyer rocks and found a lone yellow balloon just chillin on the bank. John commented that it may have been left by the ballooninites, a prehistoric culture capable of... well... magical things... involving balloons. Anyway, we rounded the point and found yet another point! It's a neat coastline, but I think it's based on fractals. Only a mere 15 minutes from pat bay, everyone decided to turn around and head back.




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It felt like we had current on the way back, but there wasn't much change in our speed according to the GPS. Looking at the plants below was just as confusing. The plants seemed to bend to both ebb and flood even though the tide was clearly on its way out. I think it may be that we benefitted from an ebb tide on our way out and paddled back on slack tide. I kind of had to run today, so I just cranked out the last few kilometers, so I could get the boat back on the car asap. Next time around I think I might want to leave from Deep Cove or Pat Bay and go explore even further north. There's a whole lot more repeating overpriced coastline to see up there, too :) .



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