"I'm thinking about a paddle on Tuesday, Dean.... but I want to be home by 2 pm"
"Well, Hazen, how about we forget the waivers and do a non-club paddle, but still open it up to whoever wants to come along..."
"Okay. How about Tors Cove, or Witless Bay?"
"Tors Cove would be good, Hazen. You and I could stay inside the islands with any newer paddlers that might show up, and the more experienced ones can paddle outside if they want to..."
"Sounds like a plan, Dean. You post it to the newsgroup..."
So eight paddlers showed for a Canada Day paddle in Tors Cove. But all eight were more experienced paddlers and so we paddled as one group. We went out around Fox Island and then made a bee-line for Great Island. We fooled around Cribby Rocks for a while and then paddled on the outside of the island. We were able to get through the tunnel at the southern end of the island, and paddled along the west side and crossed over to Ship Island where we pulled up on the beach for lunch. From there is was just a short paddle back to the cars.
Here's a map of the the islands at Tors Cove...
And of course here's some pics to share for those who could not join us...
|Yep, those are caplin|
|Julie and Greg|
|Brian and Julie|
|Hazen, Julie, and Brian|
|If you timed it right you could get through this hole.|
About half of us did, but my timing wasn't that
great and I had to push myself off the beach.
(I do believe he said this was his very
first paddle in Newfoundland waters)
|Brian and Hazen|
|Looking out of one of the caves at Great Island|
|Ron and Graham|
|Old Wobbly, almost through the tunnel|
|Julie emerging from the tunnel|
|There is a flock of sheep on Ship Island, but we only saw this|
one little lamb.... and not a bottle of coke in site.
|A 'gaggle of kayakers', although they were quite orderly and|
really did not make much noise. When they are actually in
their kayaks they are known as a 'pod of kayakers'
I believe it was Old Wobbly that mentioned there wasn't a Canadian flag to be seen among us... we just did not plan it well enough... but that'll be something to keep in mind for next year.
Thanks to those that came along. It was a most enjoyable morning on the water.