Monday, August 30, 2010
2010.25.194 - Ladysmith
Readers may recall that a few months ago Louise won a free double kayak rental at the 2010 Vancouver Island Paddlefest from the fine folks at Sealegs Kayaking in Ladysmith. She finally collected her prize, and we took out a Delta 20T tandem for a few hours. (And no, it is not true the Latin for tandem kayak is divorcus boatus.)
The sun shone down out of a nearly clear blue sky, although the occasional breeze popped up to keep things interesting. We both found the Delta roomy and fairly maneuverable for a boat of it's size. Not the quickest tandem on the water, however, but we certainly covered more ground than if we had been in singles. We've not had a lot of experience in tandems, so it was a bit of a learning curve. Louise, in front, had to get over the fact that she really had little say in where the boat was going to go, while I had to get used to the fact that I was going to be taking a lot of pictures of the back of her head.
This is a gorgeous place to paddle, especially along the islands along the north side of the bay with their very interesting rocky shores. The erosion patterns in the sandstone (I'm guessing) are stunning.
The sandstone indents made a bed of sorts for this resting seagull.
We covered a lot of the same ground that we covered the last time we were here, but with two paddlers, we covered it a lot faster. We paddled past Bute and Dunsmuir Islands and headed to the navigational light on Coffin Island, hoping that the name was not reflective of how this trip might conclude.
Heading back in, we took our time and explored the shoreline's many nooks and crannies.
What a beautiful place.
Trip Length: 15.06 km
YTD: 194.33 km
More pictures are here.