Feb 23 and 24 – Surge Narrows (#9 &10)

I went up island with Olivier to stay with Alan and Chris for the weekend and to paddle Surge Narrows. We had a good trip up Island (I managed to sneak a quick peek at the Boat and Outdoor show on the way!) and had a nice sunny day on the wave on Saturday. Sunday was a bit windier and cooler but the rain did not start until we were on our way back. Unfortunately for us, the wind was much stronger in Discovery passage and the ferry back to Campbell River was cancelled 4 sailings in a row, resulting in us not getting across until 8:30 PM. We decided that it made sense to stay another night at Alan's and leave early on Monday! Sunday's wave was "interesting" in that it was very hard to stay on until our last hour when it became good fun!
A couple of photos of yours truly on the wave: https://plus.google.com/photos/107085608707498595852/albums/5849146691822213745

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13 km, YTD 106 km

January 3rd – Ten Mile Point (#2)

I went for a middle of the day paddle to take advantage of the beautiful day. There was a nice current running at Baynes, with a few waves and I got a bit of a speed boost there. I stopped a few times to get some pictures of the "chain islet mirages" that I have been seeing recently. They are particularly obvious from kayaker height.
I have posted several shots of the mirages here: https://plus.google.com/photos/107085608707498595852/albums/5829346861509987233?authkey=CM-hocCw0KrplwE

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8 km, YTD 19 km

January 1st – Oak Bay (#1)

I went out for a short paddle in the F1 to get the paddling year started!  It is so easy to pick it up and head to the beach. I decided to head down to Oak Bay and the marina and spent some time checking out the boats there. Lots of people out on the beaches and quite a few out in boats.
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11 km, YTD 11 km.

December 20th – Cadboro Bay (#86)

I decided to go for a quick paddle around the bay this afternoon (it will be the last one for a week as we are off to Oyama for Christmas). I decided to go paddling around 3 PM and was on the water by 3:30 and home by about 4:45 after a nice evening paddle. It was getting a bit dark by the time I made it home. The Cape Falcon F1 is a great boat for the quick on the spur of the moment solo paddle. At about 30 lbs it is light enough to carry easily on a shoulder or arm and handles the local waters well. The high tide had floated most of the logs off the beach so the bay was strewn with logs. Two nights ago there was a pretty good SE blow which brought a couple of boats ashore at the south end of the beach. They were still there this evening...
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It looks like I should be able to just make my 1000 km goal by the end of the year as I only have 17 km to go and 3 or 4 days after we come back from Oyama.
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8 km, YTD 983 km

December 18th – Cadboro Bay (#85

I decided to go for a quick after lunch paddle around the bay. The F1 is so quick and easy to pick up and go! The sun was mostly out and the wind was less than 10 knots and there was not much current action. I accidentally crept up on an otter eating a fish on shore. Looked like a small halibut!
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8 km, YTD 975 km

December 14th – Cadboro Bay (#83)

I went for a short afternoon solo paddle around the Bay. Pretty much ran the perimeter of the bay, so it was kind of like a Cadboro Bay patrol! Conditions were clear and a bit sunny as well as a calm, so I had a nice one. Ran into one other paddler near Jemmy Jones as well as several seals.
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7 km, YTD 961 km