2009.01.132 - Inner Harbour

Now this is the way it's supposed to be. The rest of the country is freezing, but here on the We(s)t Coast, the sun is shining brightly on this warm January morning. Okay, so it didn't start warm -- it was bitterly cold to start the morning and my fingers nearly froze off loading up the kayaks, but by the time we got to our launching point on the Harbour, the day had warmed up quite nicely under the bright sun.
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It was just the three of us today: Louise, Paula and myself. The Harbour was unexpectedly blustery, but certainly nothing that we couldn't handle. It felt good to finally be back on the water after a long lay-off over Christmas.
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Today I mounted my deck cam at the stern facing forward. I ended up with 129 pictures of a bright orange PFD.
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This part of the harbour is still a working harbour. We passed by tied-up fishing boats and shipyards....
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...and we passed this poor ship that got caught when the tide went out.
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And we also paddled past a large number of cormorants who, like this fellow, were enjoying this lovely winter morning.
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We moved out of the Harbour and into the Gorge waterway...
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...where we weren't the only ones along the shore.
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This heron grew a beard over the winter just like me.
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We got to Tillicum Bridge, where we turned around.
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Of course after turning around, we were paddling back into the low and glaring sun.
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The wind was still up, but it was really a great day for a paddle.
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HarbourGorge

Trip Length: 6.83 km
My pictures are here.
The Google Earth kmz is here.

Here's some bonus pictures. After a nice nosh at Estevan Village, we drove Paula home via Cattle Point where we saw this sailboat out on the water...
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..and Mount Baker looking splendifourous.
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