Adventures on the Blue

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2009 flew by and here I am in Oak bay again bobbing around with Paula in upset seas. Following some fantastic, clear weather over the holidays, the Grey is back with Southeasterlies to boot. I met Paula at the beach in good spirits and ready to paddle her Eliza.



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We launched at Cadboro Bay into a light SE wind and paddled along the southern shore of the bay to Cattle Point. A small bit of swell was coming into oak bay and a light rain started up. A couple of seals watched us from the rocks and we kept close to Willows beach to keep out of unnecessary swell. We met a bigger group of kayakers near the Oak Bay Marina breakwater who were heading out to the chains. I didn't have too much time this morning, so Paula and I rounded Mary Todd Island and headed back home along the same path. Greeting us on the way in was a huge group of oystercatchers all huddled together. We pulled up the beach, packed up and got a quick coffee to conclude 2009's paddling activity.


Trip Distance: 8km



YTD: 308km



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Wednesday, December 30, 2009 Leave a Comment 0 comments

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A beautiful winter day out on the water. Winds from the North were solid and the rain clouds had run out of precipitation. I resisted the urge to put in at Dallas road, continuing along beach drive to Caddy Bay. The waters on the south and west parts of the island were mirror finish. I got the boat off the car and emptied all the recent rainwater from the cockpit.



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Into the calm water at the bay, I paddled right out to cadboro point and got to see a bunch of sailboats enjoying the swift winds including one fast little 2 man racing dinghy speeding out of the bay. Haro strait was wiiiiild.. The winds had been running northerly all night and the waves and swell was fun to play in just a mere 20 feet from the caddy bay lighthouse. I'm guessing 2 foot waves or so, so a pretty fun time to play.



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I paddled back to Jemmy and crossed Cadboro bay to Cattle point. The waves were a little higher with the fetch from the bay and the wind began to gust a little. The little racing dinghy I saw fly past earlier was still up on a plane and immediately capsized right off cattle point. The two crew went for a little swim and righted the boat, jumped back in and immediately flew off toward Flower Island.



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Oak bay was a little choppy and there were a number of new shipwrecks laying on shore. One of the weirdest sunken ships out in Oak Bay was the "Dizzy Squid" laying bow up on its mooring buoy. I turned around at Oak Bay Marina and headed back to Caddy Bay against a pretty hefty headwind. I paddled around the Royal Vic marina and back to the beach. The days are super short now, but the weekends are great time to get out and explore.



Trip Distance: 12km



YTD: 300km



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Sunday, December 20, 2009 Leave a Comment 0 comments

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Good 'ol Portage Inlet had my full attention today. With the wind beginning to howl across a lot of my usual waters, I found peace and quiet here. Talk about a fantastic day too. Bright blue skies all around, sun low on the horizon and fairly cold temps from the outflow winds. I put in at about 10am at the kayak club and gently paddled up the gorge.



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There were number of groups training in both outrigger canoes and dragon boats. The brreze was light on the Gorge and amped up a little bit as I passed under admirals bringe. A whole tonne of seals in the inlet too, probably more than I remember being there in the summer. Herons and eagles were also out. I'm guessing maybe the last of the fish?



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As I got out into portage inlet, I was puzzled by a hissing noise that seemed to be coming from the shoreline seaweed. The wind had picked up quite a bit and what was happening was the wave action was breaking up a thin layer of ice floating on the surface of the water. I had only been slightly cold the week previous, but it was enough to freeze the top layer of freshwater from the confluence of colquitz creek and the inlet.



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Today was also the first time that I can recall seeing swans flying around. there were a bunch of juvenile swans both with and without adults swimming around and eating the eelgrass. Even as young birds, they're still HUGE. I kept a good distance from them and watched them get trapped in the maze of ice while feeding.



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A nice relaxed pace brought be back around into the gorge and from there, a pretty gusty wind pushed me all the way back to shore. I was followed by a bunch of seals all clearly feeding on something in the water. When I pulled the boat out of the water, I noticed she's getting a bit on the oxidized side.. I think she's gonna need a bit of elbow grease in the spring or before.


Here's a Little Video of the Day:





Trip Distance: 8km



YTD: 288km



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