If you just go for a paddle than you can stop thinking about wanting to go for a paddle.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

2012: Post 35 – Back at St. Philips

More wind today, so off to St. Philips for a bounce in the cove... I did not take too many pics as I had my neoprene mitts on which makes it harder to use the camera.  But here are a few of the shots I did take...

Put-in at the slipway


Clyde and Gary



Tony and Clyde heading back in to the slipway

Be sure to check out Tony's entry on the day and for more pics....

Saturday, November 10, 2012

2012: Post 34 – Reprieve from St. Philips

I checked my paddling log book.  The last five times on the water all started from St. Philips.... Tony was with me four of those five times.  

The forecast for today called for wind.  Normally it would be a great day to head to St. Philips and play in the waves... But I think Tony had enough  of St. Philips lately because he e-mailed and suggested taking the ferry over to Bell Island and paddling in the protection of the island from the anticipated westerly wind... Sounded like a good plan to me.  

We e-mailed the usual crowd, but only Tony and I showed up at the ferry terminal this morning.  We carried our kayaks and gear onto the ferry for the twenty minute crossing...

The ferry arriving with from Bell Island

Arriving at Bell Island

It was just a short carry to the beach beside the ferry terminal

Just paddling along

Tony checking out one of the little beaches

Just around the Eastern Head we were
back into the effects of the wind

Tony having a look at the tunnel entrance
(too much action to make a safe attempt today) 

The wind had really picked up by the time we got back
to the terminal.  We decided we would cut our
paddle shorter than planned...

... and got out of our paddling gear...

...and then carried the kayaks back to the terminal.

Tony ran over to the nearby take-out and brought back
some fries for us to snack on while we waiting
for the ferry for the return trip

We had only paddled about half the distance we had set out to cover today.  But we did take our time in the paddling and had a bit of fun along the way... and the ferry rides over and back to Bell Island were certainly a change of pace.  It was a great way to spend a windy Saturday. 

Also check out Tony's blog entry on the day...