Shane was anxious to get on the water today so he sent an email out. No definite takers but I let him know it was a good possibility but I would decide in the morning. Derek was in the same situation. But this morning we both confirmed we were in and met Shane at the slipway in St. Philips.
There was some indecision as to what direction - to Portugal Cove or Topsail Beach. Nobody had any preference... we all were just happy to be on the water on such a splendid Easter Sunday. We finally decided to paddle toward Portugal and set off down the shore...
We did not paddle hard, there was no reason to, and it seemed that it took no time at all to discover ourselves at Portugal Cove. We sort of followed the shore around the cove and then decided we would just keep paddling up the shore a little way.
Derek and I had been to Brocks Pond Falls before, but Shane had not, and so we decided that would be our destination.
The fact that it was such a nice day with the wind low made the paddling easy and, again, it seemed it took no time and we were at the falls.
We haven't had any rain lately and a lot of the snow has already melted away and so the falls were not overly spectacular this day. Nonetheless, it was good to be there again; I consulted my log-book and the last time I had been there was March 28 of last year - a full year has passed!!
We hung around the falls for a little while and paddled back to Portugal Cove where we got out for a stretch and a snack before heading back to St. Philips.
It was such a relatively nice warm day that we didn't have to don jackets and gloves when we took off our drysuits and packed up our gear back at the cars... we agreed that today was our reward for all the cold days we've paddled over the last few months...
It was an absolutely splendid day on the water.