Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 Kick Off!

I get two weeks off for Christmas break and I had planned to do a lot of paddling and maybe throw in a camping trip, but the weather refused to cooperate.  The days I had some free time it was windy or stormy so I wasn't able to get on the water.
Today is my last day of holidays and it was sunny with light winds so I took advantage.

I made a quick run to the Outfitters then came home, grabbed my gear, and took off to Witless Bay.

After two weeks of poor weather, I couldn't have asked for a better day to get out.

Beautiful day with temps at -1, -5 with the windchill.  Made for excellent paddling weather.

Making my way down to Mobile.

Not much to say, just a few nice pictures on my way down.

Getting close to the entrance to Mobile and if you look right at the point you can see there was big swell rolling out there.

Made it up to the entrance to Mobile but the swell was large and I just didn't feel like staying out in that by myself.  My plan was to go into Mobile for a tea and a snack.  This is completely open exposed coastline here, which is beautiful, but can also produce some large conditions.

I ended up paddling about 6km before turning around.

Neat little cabin someone has built on the waterfront.

I stopped a Gallows Cove for my tea and snack.

Nice little pond that runs down the beach.

This has got to be the most beautiful lunch break I've ever had lol... Awesome!

I ordered a new pot set but it hasn't arrived yet and I already gave my old one to a friend so I had to run down to the Outfitters to get a small pot to boil some water.
Excellent little GSI pot.  Only $15.  Ill make a lid for it at work in the next few days.

This is my first time trying out my new ALOCS Alcohol Stove and it works perfect!
I made the little aluminum table.  I got the idea because I was tired of trying to balance my cooking on rocks and uneven ground... problem solved.


Shot of the beach.

I thought this was a nice picture of Gull Island.  There were a lot of whales out here this past summer and they stayed for a long time.  I really enjoy paddling here, and going around the island can be pretty exciting at times.

This was and excellent little paddle!
What a great way to start 2018!
Looking forward to the paddling adventures to come.