2009.09.140 - Portage Inlet

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Another gloriously sunny day dawned and Louise and I decided to do a little urban paddling. We launched on The Gorge, a mere five minute drive from my house, and only a fifteen minute drive from downtown Victoria. This is a great place to launch your kayak, and although you are still surrounded by city, nature thrives here.
We were in our Delta kayaks, Louise in her 17'...
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...and me in my 18', the still water smooth as glass....
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...and soon we were under the Admirals Road bridge and into Portage Inlet.
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Last year, we saw the local swans and their new babies and we were hoping to see new babies this year, but it looks like we were a little early. The swans were still nesting.
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We saw lots of geese, though. Here, Louise is paddling past a few geese on a rock.
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We saw a few eagles in the trees, but most were keeping their distance. Then I spotted one across the Inlet on the shore. I wasn't sure what it was doing -- his leg looked trapped by something, and he kept picking at it.
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We quickly realized that his leg wasn't trapped. What he was picking at was his breakfast -- a fresh raccoon.
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What an amazing thing to see.
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A few moments later we saw two different families of geese taking their goslings out for a swim.
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Here they are playing Hide 'n' Seek.
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From there, we went up Craigflower Creek.
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It's hard to believe that we are actually in the middle of a subdivision. Although there are houses just behind the trees, in the creek it seems like you really are out the middle of nowhere.
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We'd hoped to get as far as the tunnel under Highway 1, but no such luck today. The creek's water level was too low to get around this fallen tree.
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As we returned to Portage Inlet, we saw the geese once more, this time on the top of a small embankment.
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They were quite unafraid or worried about us, and this became evident as they waddled down the embankment towards us....
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...and into the water.
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What a great paddle. It's an amazing world we live in, and so often we hardly even notice it.
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My pictures are here.
Trip length: 7.50 km
YTD: 67.51

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