2006.35.50 - Cadboro Bay to Willows Beach: There and Back Again

With our ducks all in a row, we head out.
IMGP1165

Soon after launch, we are overflown by some geese. We expect that later we will be overflown by some snowbirds.
IMGP1160

The plan is to put in at Cadboro Bay (A). From there we'll head out out along the south side of 10 Mile Point to Flower Island (B). Here we'll check the currents and see what's what. Eventually, we'll head south towards Willows Beach.


We start out with a large group: Alan, Louise, Bernie...IMGP1163
...Lenora, Paula and Dennis. And that's me taking the picture.
IMGP1164

Ahead is Flower Island...
IMGP1169
...where we stopped to check the lay of the land. Or the wave of the water, I guess.
IMGP1171

We decided to head out to Jemmy Jones Island.
IMGP1174
From Jemmy Jones Island (C), Bernie was hoping to continue straight out to the Chain Islands but the currents were fast and unpredictable today and many of us felt like we were getting in a little over our heads. And if you're getting in over your head in a kayak, that probably means that you're underwater. Never a good thing in a kayak.
IMGP1176

So we regrouped....
IMGP1178
...and headed back to shore to head south to Willows Beach.
IMGP1185

Beautiful weather, not a cloud in the sky. Perfect bird-watching weather. I'm sure we'll see some.
IMGP1187
Blue

We followed the shore around Cattle Point and put in at Willows Beach (D).


We didn't see any cows at Cattle Point, but we did see a couple of otters. They "otter" have named it Otter Point.
IMGP1194

We put in on the beach. Dennis and Lenora returned to Cadboro Bay, and Alan had a brief stop on the beach, then he too returned to Cadboro Bay.
IMGP1199

Mmmmm... food!
IMGP1200

The beach is totally packed. Thousands of people. You'd think that there's gonna be some sort of airshow by the world-famous Snowbirds precision aerobatic team or something.
IMGP1203

Bernie's figured out a perfect way to watch the Snowbirds.
Bring Your Own Chair
No, wait. He's looking at this cool boat with "pedal-paddles."
IMGP1207

Behind the tree on the right is Mary Tod Island. That's were we plan to put in and watch the show.
IMGP1205

I've never seen Willows Beach this crowded... officials estimated that 30,000 people were on the shore. It's funny how police and officials always over-estimate crowds at conventional events like this, but usually under-estimate crowds at anti-war rallies and anti-globization marches. But I digress.
IMGP1212

Here the Victoria Police chopper tries to get some boats out of the safety zone. Victoria has a police chopper? Who knew?
IMGP1216
Here the Victoria Police Boat patrols the safety zone. Victoria has a police boat? Who knew?
IMGP1214

We paddled out to Mary Tod Island (E). The red line turned out to be the Snowbirds' two solo pilots' flight path. They were flying right over our heads.


Here they come...
DSC02091
DSC02097
DSC02067
DSC02092
DSC02086
DSC02094
DSC02047.0

Back in the water for the paddle back to Cadboro Bay.
IMGP1218

We're starting to understand all these nautical symbols. These one means "Warning: Red Triangles Ahead."
IMGP1220

There were plenty of people enjoying a great day on the water, and in the sky. Another fun paddle is done.
IMGP1223

My pictures are here.

Comments

Popular Posts