WHERE DID YOU PADDLE? - June 2007

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Jurfie, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. Rod

    Rod Paddler

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    Lurker's report...
    Left Pt Hardy on the 22nd and paddled up Goletas Channel to Browning Passage. It wasn't raining when I left, but it started within 15 minutes and didn't stop. Paddled along the north side of Nigei Island on Sunday, then across Bate Passage to Vansittart Island. Vansittart is across Gordon Channel from Pine Island lighthouse. Beautiful camp locations on the NE, SE, SW and N "corners" of the island. Saw humpback cow and calf in Bate Passage. I was in the company of about 150 sea otters at Vansittart north end two years ago, but I only saw four this time. Lots of river otters, though.
    Stayed around Vansittart Monday (did I mention it was raining since restarting Sunday evening?) and on Tuesday paddled along south side of Nigei to a nice cove which is spelled something like Loquillila (don't have my charts handy as I write this). Wednesday started out as a beautiful day, warm sun and glass-smooth water. I paddled down to a small cobble beach with a nice waterfall on the south side of Goletas Channel, west of Songhees Creek beach, then to Songhees beach (got escorted off the beach last year by a black bear sow and cub...). Decided to go back to Pt Hardy a day early, so paddled back in some nasty-ish wind-against-tide sharp waves in Hardy Bay. Most of the sport fishers decided to come in too, so throwing in their boat wakes made for an interesting and fun final paddle across the bay.
    Did I mention it rained every day but the last one, and that I didn't take my waterproof camera this time??!! Sorry, no pics, but what a great tripa and a great place to paddle. Orcas frequent these islands as they follow the salmon in towards Johnstone Strait, there's great intertidal (and well-known diving) in the passages, good but few camps/small beaches and hardly a soul around (I never saw anyone else for the entire trip.).
     
  2. Comoxpaddler

    Comoxpaddler Paddler

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    Okisollo Rapids off Quadra Island on June 30. Very gnarly. Great fun if you like to be scared witless at times. Apropos the Whirlpool thread we saw one which was 20-30 feet wide. Not that far from me, actually. Thanks to Mark S for his advice in that thread on how to tackle whirlpools - brace into them is the answer and it does work.

    Maximum flood was 9 knots but we bailed about 45 minutes before then in order to play around at Surge Narrows.

    I've got one vid up on YouTube and am trying to persuade the site to take a couple more. www.youtube.com/comoxpaddler
     
  3. DarrenM

    DarrenM Paddler

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    Very cool CP. I'm looking forward to seeing this place in person!
     
  4. Dan_Millsip

    Dan_Millsip Paddler & Admin

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    Paddled in False Creek last night with Steve and a friend of his. What a beautiful evening it was -- felt like summer.

    Sun setting over English Bay
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    Heading towards the Burrard Street bridge:
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    Reflections of Science World:
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    Cambie Street bridge:
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  5. Kasey

    Kasey Paddler

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    Beatiful pictures Dan! I always think of False Creek being industrial and polluted...somehow you make it look beautiful! Glad you got out with Steve!
    Kathy
     
  6. Dan_Millsip

    Dan_Millsip Paddler & Admin

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    And Jim Nabors sings that old Ray Stevens melody softly in the background:

    "Everything is beautiful, in its own wayyyyy...."


    :wink:

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  7. Kasey

    Kasey Paddler

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    :lol:
     
  8. dgimcmillan

    dgimcmillan Paddler

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    Chilliwack Lake

    Since I live in the Upper Fraser Valley, day paddles tend to be on one of the "within reach" lakes. Me and Erv (my paddlin' pal) have done Stave, Hayward, Jones, Cultus, and now....Chilliwack Lake. 8O

    I read Dan's posting about the lake and thought we'd give it a try.

    We got up to the lake about 10:30 on Friday the 29th. Everything looked fairly calm, and I asked a couple of boaters if the wind was up at all. THey said " no". 8)

    Erv and I put in, and headed down the west side of the lake. We were really enjoying the paddle and didn't notice anything unusual until about 3/4 of the way down the lake.

    Exactly what Dan had described in his post about the wind, was happening to us as well. There was a really strong wind blowing through the 2 valleys feeding into the south end of the lake, combined with an already strong current from the run-off rivers, etc. We were paddling into big waves and whitecaps.

    Since I'm a new convert to the ancient art of cowardice :wink: , I said to Erv that I wanted to turn tail and run for home. He agreed with me, so we came about and started back.

    I've never paddled on a lake that felt so much like surfing the tides on the ocean! The combination of the currents and the wind was really pushing me along. That's when I got reminded of another kayak trait I'd forgotten about....

    THE DREADED WEATHERCOCKING ATTACK!

    Being silly (as usual), I was paddling my Arctic Tern unloaded. The current and wind kept trying to bring me broadside, so I was spending lots of time in a brace to keep things going straight. Meanwhile, Erv and his ruddered Nimbus was just sliding along.

    To make a long (and boring) story short, we made it back to the boat launch in less time that I've ever covered that much distance before. It was fun surfing, when I felt in control, and slightly terrifying when I wasn't feeling in control.

    Given a choice between surfing on the salt-chuck and a fresh-water lake with 60 degree sides, I think I'll take "chuck" thank you!

    Ian Mc.