Monday, 11 July 2016

Sea Monsters

Sunday, June 5th, we decided on Bay Bulls. There was an oil rig to check out, just outside the harbour, and an iceberg sitting pretty in the harbour. Shane had gone to the berg solo the week before and we all wanted to have a close look :)
Here are some of our Monster encounters and some of my fave pix of the day:
Getting ready at the boat slip in Bay Bulls. Outfitters vessels to the left.

Chit chatting while waiting for everyone to be on the water. 
Tony to the left, Dave and Clyde.

 First bit of fun to go under the inviting Gaffer VI :) Docked along the shore.
Dave and Tony.

The first monster target.
The West Hercules... Herc is always a great name! 

 Herc doubles as a gull sanctuary :) 
Gary, Andrew, Tony, Dave.

No loud speaker warnings yet to clear away from the rig :) 

So where do you go to hang out and chat with your friends? :)
Clyde and Hazen

Anyone bring tea? :) 
Andrew and Dave.

You know  if that concrete joiner wasn't there we would have all had to paddle through.... Gary might be able to properly name the "joiner" :)

Herc's belly ... saw some workers wave by :)

More workers were on top here and waved to us and deemed us harmless and not going to pirate the rig )

After the rig, we went around the north shore for a paddle and some exploring. I followed Tony through this maze of sea stacks... you could play 'find your paddle buddy'  around these cliffs and stacks! :)

Google map view of our playground  It is in Useless Bay... I disagree. :)

After a few paddles around this playground, we headed up along the shore where the others were exploring more neat passage ways .
Then we rounded the headland and paddled in very active and confused open ocean for about a kilometer till we tucked into Freshwater Cove for a stop before heading back on our quest for more sea  monsters. 

 Google map from playgrounds to Freshwater Cove  There is always someone modeling the back of their Kokatat suit... Not Clyde this time :)

After returning around the headland, we paused for discussions and decisions. When we first padded out of the Harbour, we had passed the large berg seen under Herc here in the distance. We decided we would keep it for the return leg of our journey and cross over to Baboul Rocks, where we could see some ice bergs in distress. They might be needing some attention!

Trapped among the rocks, they danced and raged and gave us a great  chance to check them out. They were rockin and rolling in the swell, and not too happy about being trapped and melting. There were many growlers fizzing and sizzling and some of us snagged a bergy bit for later use :)

yes... some went through!... yes one got tossed in a swell serge and became unexpectedly intimate with the small monster....and made a champion combat roll... no, it wasn't me... I was on self appointed 'make sure everyone's ok duty' :) ....someone's gotta protect these crazy guys! :) They couldn;t be so brave if I wasn't there!! :) *lol*

Clyde. And yes he went through.... no roll  though :)

Same berg, from the trapped side.

site where skillful roll occurred  around the left end knob :)

Tony reading the berg's mind. It's one of his super powers. :) 

After everyone was satisfied with playing with this little monster, we carried on in towards the harbour and headed to the final monster of the day. Looks like a white whale.
Tony, Clyde and Gary cautiously approaching and admiring. Well... I am assuming the cautious part :)

Some of the berg's break away scars.

Apparently we are at low tide... this one is grounded.

Rounding the beast who has made his temporary home in the harbour.

Clyde ... taking his picture before he loses his nerve... nah... ha has no nerves! :)

Gary and Clyde enjoying the encounter. 

Tony getting close and  making friends with the beast.

Of course Clyde has to touch it! I am surprised he didn't try to climb aboard! :) You know he was thinking it!

Gary tucked in nice and cozy- like :)... cuz bergs are so cozy.

What's not to admire? :)

...for a good spell :)

Hazen Chillin' :)

... I guess he was admiring the two beasts ! :)

Dave between 2 monsters. Tony beginning the head back to the boat slip.

Helping each other bring up our boats as....

Pete is getting ready to lead an Outfitters'  tour.

We met a couple of paddlers who joined us for tea, and we had a grand chat as usual, about our adventures and more to come :)
Thank you  Clyde, Tony, Dave, Andrew, Gary and Hazen....  Great day!!! Fabulous experience!


  1. Ah yes, it was a must paddle to see the goliath West Hercules and the mountain of ice in Bay Bulls. Nice to look back on the day.

    Tony :-)

    1. It was such a great day and that berg didn't last for long! we got it at its best :)