WHERE DID YOU PADDLE? -- August 07

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Astoriadave, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. Batstar

    Batstar Paddler

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    We spent the last week of August on Vargas Island but definitely have it in mind to return to this incredible area next season.

    Calm conditions in the Maurus Channel on the east side of Vargas Island
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    Heading to our campsite at the northwest corner of Vargas
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    Dick and Jane’s Beach
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    This giant drift wood tree root was a great place to hang our wet gear.
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    John Dowd’s dog, Lolita.
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    As we were setting up camp, we were pleasantly surprised when Mr. Dowd dropped by for a chat before heading off to one of his favorite salmon fishing spots at the north end of the beach. He returned later that afternoon with two decent sized fish. While he does still occasionally paddle, he now seems to prefer rod over paddle.
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    We pitched our tents further back from the beach head where it was more sheltered.
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    Synonymous with this part of the west coast, a late afternoon fog rolls in and, in no time at all, completely envelopes the entire area.
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    A few beachside photos
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    The Whaler Islets - This stunning piece of real estate is an irresistible place to stop and have lunch[/b]
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    Ideal conditions made it a leisurely paddle over to Flores Island
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    Whitesands Cove
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    On the final two nights, we camped at the north end of Ahous Bay where we also met up with several members of the SKABC (Seakayakers Association of BC)
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    On another day trip, we encountered some decent sized swell as we made our way around the outside of Blunden Island.
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    One of several protected coves that fringed Blunden Island
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    Interesting fungi along the trail behind our campsite at Ahous Bay
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    The wooded trail eventually led to a dune beach on the exposed side of Vargas.
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    Wolf tracks on this long stretch of beach added further evidence to the howls we heard behind our camp during the previous night.
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    On this day, we had the entire beach to ourselves. Sweet! :)
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    Three SKABC kayakers paddling back to the campsite after a day on the water.
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    Life is good.
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    Our last day in the sound as we departed Ahous Bay along with our new found friends of the SKABC.
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    A member displaying his home built sail.
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    Making our way back to Tofino through the La Croix Group, otherwise known as the ‘Snakepit’ by some locals.
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  2. jurgenk

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    Nice pictures Art....

    Brad
     
  3. Kermode

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    You did! It's here
    http://www.westcoastpaddler.com/communi ... php?t=1356
    "Extracting the last drops..."
    See Sushiy remember what I said the other day about things seizing up & falling off :wink:
     
  4. westcoastwill

    westcoastwill Paddler

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    Art: great to hear from you again, perfect trip, perfect fotos, great company as usual!

    I hope to meet you again next summer!

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    Willi
     
  5. Batstar

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    Thanks for the comments guys. It definitely warrants planning a return trip to the area next year. Kudos to Mark for providing the campsite coordinates and helpful advice. :)

    Willi - wish we were able hook up with you earlier this summer and will try our best to time our arrival on the Island with your own next season. Cheers Buddy! 8)
     
  6. Dan_Millsip

    Dan_Millsip Paddler & Admin

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    Wow! Awesome pictures, Art.

    That shell (or piece of a shell) with the dimples on it is way cool looking -- do you have any idea what it's from?

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  7. Astoriadave

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    Outstanding photos, Art. Really brings back the memories. We camped on the same beach (toward the N end) in Sept 2005.

    I am amazed that you got a shot of Lolita at rest. I have seldom seen such an active, wonderfully friendly dog.

    Dowd was a fishing fool then, also, using the rocks off our end of the beach to catch sockeye.
     
  8. Batstar

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    Thanks fellas.

    Dan,
    Apologies for not describing the subject in the photo. It’s actually a bleached fragment of a sea urchin shell.

    Dave,
    You’re absolutely right about Lolita. That photo captured her in a rare moment of rest. It’s almost as if she was born to herd shore birds. John Dowd informed us that their first dog was killed by a wolf.

    We also came across a large fishing net left on the rocks between Mel’s and D & J’s Beach and later discovered that it belonged to Mr. Dowd. There was message attached requesting that the net not be removed.

    Early one morning, we watched him expertly paddling a canoe not too far from shore with his trusty pet Jack Russell seated cutely in the bow of the boat. Asked later how he felt about the experience, he responded by saying, ‘That’s the first time that I’ve ever paddled a canoe!’ It appeared that he was giving it a personal test run for the owners of Western Canoe and Kayaking.
     
  9. Dan_Millsip

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    That is one very cool looking shell.

    That would be correct -- Mary and Marlin are good friends of the Dowd's and spent a bit more than a week on Vargas visiting with John and his wife. They arrived back a couple of days ago. My guess is that John can make any boat perform well. :wink:

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