Jan 13th – discovery SISKA (#3)

I helped Tom lead a SISKA energizer paddle out to the islands. We had a good sized group (almost 30?) indicating that lots of us wanted to get our year's paddling going again. I was the "pacesetter" for most of the trip and took the group on a side trip into Puget Cove and to "cactus islet". We had lunch at Rudlin Bay and finished  with coffee at Olive Olios in Cadboro bay Village. Weather was calm and the currents though stronger at the start did not cause us much problem. It was great to paddle with many old friends and make several new ones!
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17 km, YTD 36 km

December 29th – Discovery Island, the Wolf and 1000 km (87)

I paddled out to Cadboro Point to join Olivier for a morning paddle out to the islands. As it tuned out it was an auspicious paddle for me - I made my 1000 km goal for the year and I saw the wolf on Discovery Island!
Olivier had seen the wolf quite close up on the 27th, so we kept an eye out as we paddled the shores of Chatham and Discovery Islands. It was raining off and on and a bit cool, though not too much wind. The current was ebbing, but not very strongly. About half way across Rudlin Bay, I spotted an object moving out on Commodore Point, which quickly turned out to be the wolf that has been on the islands for many months now (Vancouver Sun Article). The wolf more or less stayed close to us, giving us great views, all around Commodore point for almost a kilometre of paddling! (see track segment below)
Wolf watching segment by Commodore point (click to enlarge)
Olivier managed to get some great shots of the wolf, including one with me in the foreground!
the wolf and me (click to enlarge)
Wolf on the west side of the point (click to enlarge)
Wolf on the west side again (click to enlarge)
today's track (click to enlarge)
18 km, YTD 1001 km.

December 15th – Thetis Lake (#84)

Bill, Monica and I went for a short paddle on Thetis Lake before the SISKA Christmas Party at six mile. The proposed cub paddle in Esquimalt harbour was cancelled due to the wind forecast, but we decided to go for a protected paddle anyway.  It was neat to explore Thetis lake again. The water level was quite high. After the paddle we went to 6 mile pub and had a great lunch with almost 70 other SISKA members.
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6 km, YTD 967 km

December 2nd – Discovery Island (#81)

George and I set out from the end of Killarney to paddle out to Smugglers' cove where we met Olivier and Peter. A nice ebb was setting up, but no wind and a very high tide so we decided to poke around Chatham a bit and go through places one normally can't go. The tide prediction programme I use (wxtide indicated only 8.6 feet, but the water was washing at the steps going down to the beach. We have a 10+ foot tide predicted for the 12th - another 18 inches higher than today! Are sea levels rising???
We stopped off in boat house bay for a snack and then went into cactus islet inlet to check out the prickly pear cacti which were right at water level. The patch of cactus would be fully immersed if the tide was higher...
We had sun, rain, some breeze and some calm - a great variety!
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18 km, YTD 946 km