Monday, May 26, 2008
Not the space one but the kayak one. Probably jammed in as tight as they are in the shuttle though. Thanks to the use of Gerry's Volvo and Kokatat for their bright yellow interior. The beginning of our Argentia kayak trip this past Sunday.
Some of the paddling gang for the Argentia, Placentia Bay to Placentia Sound and Fox Harbour kayak trip. Tony Rostenburg, Alison Dyer and Neil Burgess, Dave Jenkins, Peter Armitage and Gerry Power, wow I can remember names in the club now! Great paddle and as always I try and take something learned away from the trip. Today it was that if you are leading and there are others drifting behind more than some it is important at some point to wait for them to catch up but more importantly, when they catch up, to continue waiting while they too have an opportunity to rest and then proceed and maybe even give someone else an opportunity to lead perhaps even with a different pace.
A great part of paddling is the munching when you break for just that purpose. There was a rotting building here that provided an excellent platform for sitting and eating. An American Military Base was set up in Argentia years back so this may have been part of their left overs, so to speak. We found a few such things along the way.
Our destination on Sunday's paddle from Argentis, NL to Fox Harbour some 15 km away driving. We were crisply blown into this harbour from Placentia Bay. The winds were SW and steady for the whole 20km paddle(because we went into the sound). This Alison, Tony and Dave as they glide to shoreward.
A friendly chat after an awesome paddle at our take out site in Fox Harbour about 15 km car ride from the Argentia ferry terminal and a bout a 20 km paddle wait for a SW wind and you'll do it no time. Thanks also to Malcolm for the paddling tips on beam seas during our Swale Island paddle at the retreat as we had the perfect conditions to use them.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
This was from a hike on a trail behind the Health Science Center in St. John's that goes up a bunch of stairs to the Botanical Gardens. I was taking the dogs for a walk at about 2030h and almost stepped on this little critter. I was surprised that Brandy our smaller dog did not notice it first. So I stopped, dropped and shot it.
Lots of lobster traps are set this time of year. My brother I know in Nova Scotia, where I am headin July 1st, is averaging about 1200-1500 pounds a day, everyday. This old timer here is heading to check on his pots set around Swale Island while Shannon passes by.