WHERE DID YOU PADDLE?: December 2006

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Kasey, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. bradwurst

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    It has a heater, and it works great. I also have a flight attendant. she looks a liitel russian and has some growth, but at least I wont have to get my own coffee. Right mark? :wink:
     
  2. Mark_Schilling

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    Ok, we're getting ridiculously off topic here... sorry guys. :oops:

    For real? Or is there a joke here somewhere?

    Russian? I wouldn't have thought so...

    Nothing wrong with flight attendants, except that it would seem there's either room for me <i>or</i> the flight attendant - not both. I'm happy without the flight attendant if it means I'm not laying down in the 'cargo hold' or wing walking back from Fort McMurray. :?
     
  3. Dex

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    Looks like a Dash 7 to me. Nice Canadian made aircraft. Hope you enjoy your trip in the two seater; better hope you have heat. If you tell us the day and time you are leaving, maybe an itinerary, people can track you (if you file a flight plan) from this web site using the aircrafts tail # or point of departure.
    http://flightaware.com/live/airport/CYVR

    That will bring you to Vancouver airport for tracking but you can type in other airport identifiers on the bottom left of the page. If you click on the map a window will pop up showing a better radar screen with info. Lots of other info you can get from that sight as well. A good tool to see your Instrument skills after you land as it will give you the track for the whole flight. Bring a camera and take lots of pictures cause flying General Aviation aircraft through British Columbia is absolutely beautiful. Here is a pilot with lots of webspace who shares his pictures of his trips throughout BC which you might enjoy viewing.
    http://www.telemark.net/%7Erandallg/photos/
     
  4. Dex

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    I should add that radar coverage will be very sketchy through the mountains at the altitudes non pressurized aircraft fly. But we should be able to see you here and there. :)
     
  5. Dan_Millsip

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    Robert and I went for a very pleasant paddle up the Fraser River from Fort Langley this afternoon. We returned just after sunset but not before seeing a beaver at the top of McMillan Island (sorry no beaver picture -- it was too dark).

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  6. sludge

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    Whoa Nelly !! Is that the bow of your daughter's new Current Design Raven ? ?
     
  7. rider

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    Cool paddle :D Looks like they cleaned up La Pointe and looks like the big nasty lifeboat is gone off the bow. Any idea idea about the progress? i should revisit it sometime.
    P.S doesn't that little stream under the bridge stink from farm runoff?
     
  8. Robert_Meier

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    It was a cool paddle!

    I did not smell anything up that stream. Could depend on when you were there though.
     
  9. Dan_Millsip

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    LOL! There's no way I could fit in the Raven. The boat I had is a Delta Kayaks 17 foot prototype -- I also paddled it up Indian Arm over the last couple of days (pictures coming shortly).

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  10. Dan_Millsip

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    The lifeboat was tied up alongside on the starboard side of the La Pointe. It's a cool boat -- and much better for picture taking now that the lifeboat is not on the deck.

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  11. DarenN

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    Dan, do you have a pic of the lifeboat? call me nuts, but i'd like to see it.
    DarenN........
     
  12. Dan_Millsip

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    Nope. Didn't take one this time.

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  13. Dan_Millsip

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    Since I had Monday off work, I decided to do an overnighter to Granite Falls at the top of Indian Arm on Sunday. I was anticipating cold and rain but wasn't concerned as I was prepared for it. I test paddled a Delta Kayaks prototype for the soon to be produced Seventeen5, a hard chined 17' long x 22.5" wide thermoformed kayak. I had the expedition model (the deck is 1" higher than the Sport model). I can't say too much about this boat as there will be some minor changes before production, but the prototype handled very well.

    I couldn't have asked for a nicer December day than Sunday, it was cold but the sun was shining -- the kind of day that makes British Columbia look beautiful. Coming home on Monday however, would be a different story. I awoke and stuck my head out the tent door to falling snow! A couple of hours later it would turn to rain just as I was about to head home. Then the wind picked up as I passed the bottom of Croker Island and I dealt with 2-3 foot waves for 14 km back to Deep Cove. It was a lot of fun though, as I was dressed nice and warm, had plenty of snacks and drink at hand, and had a family of seals escort me most of the way back.

    Deep Cove at 8:00AM on Sunday morning -- the boat's loaded and ready to go:
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    As I was just about ready to head off, a couple of fellows carried boats down to the beach -- one had a baidarka, and the other a surf ski -- both very fast boats. I suspected that it wouldn't take long for them to catch up -- I had about a ten minute head start on them and they caught up to me just past the end of Deep Cove. They paddled along with me for about 2 kms and we had a very pleasant chat about paddling in the arm, but it isn't easy paddling those skinny boats at my pace of 7.5 km/hr so they eventually left me and zoomed ahead:
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    A zoomed shot looking up the arm at snow covered mountains:
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    The marker light at Best Point:
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    Looking west just past Best Point:
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    Looking north from near the bottom of Croker Island towards the campsite (to the right of the photo):
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    The beach at the campsite, looking toward the defunct marker light:
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    There was wood strewn all over the campsite -- I suspect that with the rain storms of November and the recent wind storms caused a lot of havoc. It would appear that increased water levels coming down the falls washed right through the campsite and left a lot of debris. For those of you who have visited this campsite, you'll notice how littered it looks:
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    Damaged tent site. This tent site is close to the falls and appears to have had most of the soil washed away from one corner of it. Note all the large pieces of wood nearby:
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    More logs left in the large cleared area of the campsite:
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    Looking west from the campsite at what I think is a snow covered Mount Bishop:
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    The view on the way back. It would remain like this to the bottom of Croker Island and then windy the rest of the way. Fortunately, the wind was blowing in my favour, making for a quick trip (2.5 hrs) back to Deep Cove:
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    One of the most memorable things about this trip was that I didn't see a single boat on the water all the way back!

    All in all, it was quite an enjoyable couple of days.
     
  14. Rootman

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    This is how we roll in Miami. Loaded up for Boxing Day paddle in Nine Mile Pond, Everglades National Park.
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  15. Dan_Millsip

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    Cool picture! And a nice rack job! 8)

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  16. jurgenk

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    That picture well demonstrates that you do not need a SUV to rack and carry kayaks and gear. Nice picture Rootman and the kayak is in the upper and appropriate position in the paddling hierarchy.

    Brad
     
  17. Dan_Millsip

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    My youngest daughter and I donned our wetsuits and cold weather gear, and went paddling at Buntzen Lake yesterday -- it was her first time in her new boat.

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    Breaking through the ice:
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    And off she goes...:
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    A beautiful sunny December day:
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  18. rider

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    This is the episode i call "where i walked in dec 2006". that's right,walked. across burrard inlet, from the pier at rocky point to the old orchard beach. Jesus got nothing on me.
    With tide at about 3 ft low i thought it would be an ok time to go check out the sunken sailboat hull that i found way back in the summer. i thought it was sitting halfway across, figures i was way off and it's further out and about 3/4 of the way to old orchard. i stood on "dry" mud, pulled the camera out,tried taking some pics ,put camera away and realize i am surrounded by water. crap. quickly made it across to the old orchard side and had a long walk around in :) at least looks like i cleared up one thing, it must've belonged to somebody from the old ioco road side of the inlet seeing as how it's not that far from the houses there. i'd probably have much better luck on jan 1st with low tide of 1.7 or 1.6 feet instead of today's 3.