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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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