Friday, 15 July 2016

From Ice to Sooo Nice!

Cape  Broyle by Winter was spectacular!!!!! It was my most favorite paddle of the winter. See Tony's Blog. On Sunday, June 12th, we decided to paddle there again and this time, what was ice then, was tropical now!... well that is if you have on a dry suit and cover your blow hole! :)

 I just love kayak convoys :) ... and the anticipation of a fabulous adventure to unwrap!

Let the unwrapping begin! :)

We were chatting about what to wear under our dry suits because  we have been so used to the cold weather kayaking all winter and today was a beautiful summerish day! One layer was even warm.... We thought that we'll just have to roll to cool off ... but we'll see :) 

We spent a little time dipping our bows into the falls here... we couldn't get here in the winter with ice flows in the cove.

We stopped to admire a determined little stream finding its way around the geography to get to the ocean :) 
Then it was caves time :)

... and cliffs time...

... and .....

 tunnel time....

And more caves time....

Tony took this shot as we passed Freshwater Cove. I was wanting to stop to get in the falls. We were behind the group after making sure every cave was visited, so we decided we would catch these falls on the way back ... maybe. 

It was so nice to see the water falling freely after this picture Tony took when we were here in March:

We didn't get to refresh in Freshwater Cove Falls... yet..... but we did take advantage to cool off under these falls....

... which looked like this on the winter paddle, and very much more 'refreshing'  :)

(both pix by Tony :)

... and it was back to the coolness of the shelter of more caves....

I love the instant drop in temperature and the smell and closeness of the wet rocks and the echo and the amazing thought that you are underground on the ocean!.... there is a funny saying... not sure the source, but it goes: " don't piss off a kayaker... they know places where you can't be found" :) *lol*

We stopped for lunch in Lance Cove. Dean had to fix his seat. A strap broke while he was rolling up in a passage that got gnarly really fast!Here's my theory, which may or may not be a true story :).... Last weekend Dean was in Placentia and took a big gulp of the tasty soup under the bridge. Shane and Terry got a chance to rescue the teacher :)  Dean had 7  years of successful rolls and he wasn't going to take a swim here today... so he did a strap breaking hip snap to make sure Jenny was coming upright again! :) That's my take :)
... Clyde... no!
Seat secured, we settled in to a lovely lunch, with the small dumping surf on shore and a Eagle's sea stack just off the beach... it was a beautiful picnic view :)

Julie always brings cookies for everyone... so nice! :)

We had to visit the famous Cathedral cave and hang out chatting in the open water off the Southeast headland before retracing our paddle tracks :) 

So,..... you know when a shower is so good you just don't want to get out?...especially if you are showering with friends!?!  :) Ha :) ..... well...on the way back, we did stop in Freshwater Cove for a rest in the sunny rocks on the beach and the most refreshing shower that was the highlight of this paddle for me....I just did not want to get out! 

None of thee shower pix did I take of course... I was too busy showering! :) Thanks to Tony and Clyde for those shots!! :)

Here are are a few waterfall videos of the day. Usually the highlights of this paddle are the caves... they did not disappoint and were their usual breathtaking awesome...... but today, for me it was the waterfalls:
(I hope these work...still new at blogging)

A final reflection: 

 I used to love the serenity and solitude of kayaking solo....and I know that's still there any time I need it... but now..... I can't get enough of this:

Thanks for the Best Spring Paddle of the Year.... Clyde, Tony, Dean, Gary, Julie, Derek


  1. Nice write up and a fine bunch of pictures. Fun to look back over that paddle; Cape Broyle is a special place to paddle.

    Tony :-)

  2. Cathy, good theory but nope... the back band broke before the roll took place... but you are right in that I was not swimming a second weekend in a row... I'd never hear the end of it from you... LOL