Thursday, September 6, 2012

2012.17.242 - Esquimalt Shores

It might very well be summer's last gasp, but you wouldn't know it from the sunny weather this week. Today's daytime high temperature was a smidge off the record, but we'll get another crack at it tomorrow. Then we'll cool off to more normal temperature readings over the weekend. That figures.
Louise and I are also enjoying our last gasp of vacation time and today we headed out from Albert Head, one of our favourite launch points. Usually we head southwest along the coast towards to Witty's Lagoon, but today we decided to head northeast towards Esquimalt Harbour.
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But before we headed that way, we watched an otter family playing in the water.
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The otters finally noticed us and swam away. It was only then that we realized that one of the otters was actually a small baby seal. It nervously checked out Louise's boat before sliding beneath the surface and swimming away.

A couple of seals watched us from shore.
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We discovered what the otters were fishing for. No, not the jellyfish, although that was pretty cool, but the little fish. The little cove was swarming with them. No wonder the otters were out!

The otters climbed the rocks headed into the brush. We think there were five of them in all.
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From there, we began our paddle towards Esquimalt in earnest. Mind you, we had to paddle past a few seals first.
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The shoreline is mostly a long pebbly beach. Eventually the shoreline behind the beach gives way to Esquimalt Lagoon, and across the lagoon is world-famous Hatley Castle, which you may recognize as Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters in the X-Men films.

At the Fort Rodd Hill lighthouse, we were planning to turn into Esquimalt Harbour....
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...but as I looked across the entrance, I realized that we have never paddled along the Esquimalt shore on the other side. So instead, we crossed the harbour mouth...
...and puttered around some of the small islands on the other side. The water was crystal clear and we watched a seal swim around under our boats.
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We get to check another couple of kilometers of the world's slowest circumnavigation of Vancouver Island.

As we headed back....
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...the currents turned right on time. The gentle flood that pushed us out became a gentle ebb that guided us home with some gentle swells that we had fun riding, which was a welcome distraction from the man who was sitting on a log in a secluded area of the beach working on his tan. His "all over" tan.

We pulled in back at Albert Head and looked back and saw Mount Baker rising over the city. Wow.
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Trip Length: 13.65
YTD: 139.75 km
More pictures are here.
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