For a while we have talked about paddling around Bell Island again. But instead of taking the ferry over and back, we would do it by leaving St. Philips, paddle over, do a complete circumnavigation, and then back to St. Philips. Tony, Brian, Hazen, and I met yesterday morning in St. Philips to paddle around Bell island, the long way...
Pictures to share...
|Brian checking out Bell Island|
|The island from St. Philips|
|The conditions allowed us to do the crossing in under 40 minutes|
We took out on a beach at Dominion Pier for a few minutes and decided on a clockwise circumnavigation of the island...
|The view just past The Beach|
|Hazen was left high and dry while trying to get|
through a cave/tunnel at Eastern Head
|Tony has a geology degree and must find|
this a very interesting paddle to do
|Hazen and Brian|
|The tunnel was built complete with protection from falling rocks...|
|View from the tunnel entrance|
I walked about halfway through the tunnel to the point where the wooden supports/roof stopped. There was an opening at the other end. I was thinking that without the wooden structure in place to prevent rocks from falling from the tunnel roof maybe it would not be wise to continue through... so I turned and went back...
|The light at the end of the tunnel...|
The guys were still not in view; they had stopped at the caves where Tony had gotten out for a look. I got back on the water and paddled further to have a look at the other end of the tunnel. At the other end there were a bunch of people in hard hats and safety vests on the beach. They must have been very interested in the something because I paddled by them, turned on my camera, took a couple pictures of them, and floated there for a couple minutes until the the other guys came along. Not once did they look in my direction... When Tony seen them he headed right for the beach, got out and had a chat to them... they were geology students on a field trip...
|Students so engrossed in their findings that they|
did not notice a guy in a yellow kayak paddling by...
We paddled onward and then finally The Bell of Bell Island was in site...lunch was close at hand...
|Tony and The Bell|
|Lunch beach just past The Bell|
We had the wind on our beam as we paddled across the western end of Bell island...
|Brian and Hazen|
Thanks guys for another great paddling adventure.