Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Highs and Lows

Well... The river was low but spirits were high. Myself, Gary, Dean, Clyde and Hazen were eager to give the Gander River a run from the Exploits Highway to Gander Lake. Brian, the Old Master, who new the water would be low, opted out :)

Gary and Hazen were doing the shuttle run with the cars while Dean , Clyde and I waited ......and waited.... and waited.....

It was after 5 when we finally got in the water.
The first night, we found a pretty sheltered field to camp. It rained, but we were happy cooking under Dean's yellow tarp.  


The view from our lunch perch.

Here  Dean is struggling with  few things:
1) He couldn't keep his boat straight,
2) He was having shoulder issues
3) He was tired of scraping the rocks and dragging the boat through shallow water when Gary seemed to just glide through anything!
4)  He fell in the water when he was dragging his boat and filled his paddle pants .
5 ) There was no elastic left in his longjohns and they were sagging down to his knees
6) He asked for a hug for once!

Unlike winter kayaking, flies were an issue..., The guys are trying to get the fire started to smoke them out.

Tucked in out of the wind for night #2

Clyde gliding happily with the current with no clue that his truck might be confiscated. It was parked at Hazen's friend's cabin  for the shuttle and they thought someone was breaking into their cabin. They called the RNC who said it was a stolen vehicle. It was almost towed into custody when they realized that they had the licence plate # wrong! 

Just a few Kms to go of the 50 in total.... Of course there are no pix of the 3 rapids sections. No time to get the camera out for those parts!

Finally at Gander Lake, me and Gary waited at Hazen's friend's cabin for the shuttle this time. Plans for a nice picnic and rest was thwarted by flies. We  tried to beat the heat and the flies with a swim. The water was freezing... but Gary was going in anyway!

After about 1 1/2 hours, the guys returned from shuttling the vehicles, and Hazen nearly backed Gary's car into the ditch. We found some local guys to help tow it out with coach Dean directing the show. This was bad, but could have been a lot worse!! Good thing no one was in a rush to get back to town!
 Gary says Hazen will have to take the keys from his cold dead hands before he gets to drive his new Subaru !!! I think Clyde was feeling the same way after Hazen also broke the air conditioning in his truck! This was not a lucky trip for Hazen!!! At least Dean got to change into underwear with elastic in them!

Dean holding the car up

All is well that ends well. We had a great chuckle at all the mishaps and decided we were a great team. We were glad for the experience of taking on the river... but next time, the water will be higher, Dean will have a better boat, a better shoulder and better longjohns... and Hazen will only be permitted in the passenger seats.
Thanks guys for an awesome trip!!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

“Tis hatched and shall be so” ― William Shakespeare

We hatched a plan and though we had many bites, there was only one taker. So Bobbie, Gary and I had a fabulous time! We decided to combine a little culture with paddling. We suggested a paddle out from Brigus to Cupids and take in the Taming of the Shrew at Perchance theater in Cupids.
It was only a 5k paddle to get to Greenland Beach, just south of Burnt head in Cupids, but the play was a matinee, so we enjoyed a leisurely picturesque paddle to our camping site. Conditions were beautiful! The most beautiful NL summer day!
After all the boats left for the morning, we put in at the slip in Brigus:
 11:00 we were on our way :)
 It didn't take long to round the Light house.
 Some gorgeous passages along the way.... Bobbie took the camera for a while :)

 ....scouting the campsite.

We set up camp, (Last year we set up camp in the saddle of Burnt Head) ,had a quick lunch and set off through the woods for the Taming of the Shrew! It was fantastic!! Hilarious and superbly acted!! And there was a reception with lemonade afterwards! What a great time! :)
... on the walk to the Theater  the saddle ahead is where we camped last year.
You might have to zoom in t see the tent.... but we could see the ocean on both sides :)

You might have to zoom in to see the kayaks..... this year's site was much easier to access.

We put our beer in the water to cool and Bobbie also put her yogurt in. We thought we had them secured with rocks until I saw Bobbie rescuing a couple of cans and a yogurt floating away!!! :)

And of course, the fire was lovely and fun! :)

The morning was hot and still.... we decided to take the hike to the B &B by the Theater for breakfast... to be good tourists and help the sal communities :) highly recommend  this spot!!

 We had to remind ourselves that we were looking at Belle Island and we weren't so far away from home!

We spent some time paddling around the arch and taking pictures and videos :)

Cupids is a good name for this place ! :)

Time to head home.....
The water was so clear.... I was checking if this trap had a guest..... job to say, ... tempted to pull it up... joking.not joking!!! lol

On the way back, we took our time and paddled around the south side of the Birgus Harbour. Such a pretty place to paddle!

We took out at the beach by the Church as there was a lot of boat traffic for the slip. It turned out to be a better place anyway :)

Thanks Bobbie and Gary for some great memories!! )... and coconut clusters :)

Monday, 10 July 2017

My First Lead

So after doing my level 2 last year, it was time to begin Leading some level 1 paddles, so Shane approached me to Lead the Conception Bay paddle in June. I was excited and so happy to do the first one of the season. So much fantastic support from all my paddle buddies...we had 7 sweeps :)
It was a great fun day!! 26 paddlers in 25 boats....the most paddlers I have been with at once!
Here are some pix of the day:

     Time for....

lunch at Ezekiel Cove

 This cave, which I learned is a old Adit from a Silver mine, is a very deep home for many bats and who knows what else!! Some of the Brave went inside for a look :)
 pic by Tony.
His blog of the day is here.
Thanks Tony! :)

we pretty much followed the shoreline to up along the Goat Shore and then crossed back to Ballyhack point. Some went directly to the dock from there, and others took the scenic route along the shore again to the sunken ship and then the dock.

Thanks Hazen and Ron for getting me set up.... thanks to all sweeps :).... and everyone for a Great day on the water!!