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March 10, 2018

Finally some easy weekends

Filed under: Canada, Kayak, Ski — K2 in Canada @ 7:37 PM

No races for 3 weeks in a row. Well Jeff was half thinking to do Sovereign this weekend but neither of us are in shape for a 30km skate loppet. Plus the weather in town is going to to be gorgeous. Today we went for our first long paddle which took us and our double surfski around Croker Island at the end of Indian Arm. Now I know why the paddle around Coker Island up Indian Arm is so hard. Per my Garmin watch it’s not only 33km long but 1648m UP. Compared to last nights ski at Cypress with an elevation gain of 164m. Maybe one should not trust those GPS devices too much. Blue skies and sunshine and temperatures were perfect at 12C. Water was quite calm but for the odd motorboat wash. We took it easy on the way out.  Saw some snow geese, I think, just past Silver Falls. Then picked it up on the way back, really pushing it for the last hour. Surprisingly nothing hurt at the end of it, or at least not more than before we started :-). My shoulder/neck (see P’ayak blog) is still giving me some grieve, mostly when I try to sleep. But I am good for skiing tomorrow – a real up experience.

Last weekend we also went for a paddle on Saturday, just our 2hr easy loop to Cates, Admiralty, Twin and back. It was also sunny but not quite as warm as today. Paddling after a 3 week break felt great! The Sunday we went skiing at WOP and I force myself through 2.5hrs of skating. Man, skating is so much harder than classic. No way to cheat like I can in classic. And I ended up with this huge blister in the arch of my foot – need to build up the callouses again, sigh. Conditions were perfect though. Mostly overcast with some snow and some sun peeking through a couple times and -3C to -1C.


February 24, 2018

Howe Sound Ballet

Filed under: Animals, Canada, Kayak — K2 in Canada @ 6:48 AM

I have seen bait balls paddling in local waters but never were able to witness it under water. Somebody else did. Great to watch what could be going on under my boat when I paddle.

January 29, 2018

Summing up January

Filed under: Canada, Kayak, Ski — K2 in Canada @ 11:01 PM

Darn, I wanted to be more diligent again with my blogging this year but January just flew by. Anyhow, here a summary of all the weekend activities for January. Temperatures were rather mild and lots of rain.

Jan 6-7, was a mix of skiing and paddling. It was rather warm in Manning that Saturday with 0C. Quite different from our last ski there, which was on day 1 of our 9 day long 6th annual ski trip around southeastern BC (blog to follow soon) when the temps hit -17C. That was too cold for me. No worry this time around and I did not burn my toes again after a 3+hr ski at 0C, my first 30km long ski of the season. Loppet season is just around the corner. The trails were a bit iffy with lots of frozen snow bombs on the trails. There were a few occasions where arms were flailing and one ski was up in the air while I was trying to stray up after hitting an unexpected bump on the descents. Other than that, the snow was extremely fast. Jeff loved it, it was good for double polling. My skins skis worked great for me with enough grip in and out of the tracks.

Sunday was a very wet and rather cold, blowy day in town. Jeff and I had planned to go for a paddle but we needed some motivation to leave the warm house. And what better to get us going than the promise of a race. Matt and Chris were putting on the 1st annual Winter Delta Race out of Deas Slough, two laps of 5km. As mentioned before it was wet and cold and we decided to bring out the Accord, our trainer K2, since it had cockpits, in the hopes of staying a bit warmer than in the double surfski. Mind you, we hadn’t paddled that thing in quite some time and both of us are struggling with balance these days. So this was going to be interesting. When we arrived at the starting area they even was a little tarp set up for us to huddle underneath while waiting for the start. Nobody wanted to go on the water early. Warm ups are highly overrated, especially in mid Winter :-). About 12 people came out, most of them hard core TNR paddlers. The race went okay but it was hard!! Much harder than I thought it should feel. Shane was way ahead! We had a race to the finish line with Chris and just nipped him by a boat length. Did I mention it was cold and wet and windy? With the race finally in the bag, we could head for the pub. Warm food and cold beers was what I needed. Matt and Chris even had prizes for everyone. A great little winter “fun” event.


Mind you, I could feel the effort all week long….gym workouts felt very hard.

Jan 13-14. First loppet weekend. We had to make a choice . Three of the six classic loppets we usually do each season were all schedule for the same day. Not sure what Cross Country BC is thinking when they put schedules together. Originally one of them, Sun Peaks, was supposed to be on Saturday and Manning’s Blackwall Bash and the Apple Loppet in Kelowna were schedule for Sunday. So our plan had been to ski Sun Peaks Saturday and Manning Sunday. But then the Sun Peaks people moved their loppet to Sunday as well and we ended up skiing Manning both days that weekend, one of them the Blackwall Bash. Saturday was just for fun (me) / 50km distance training (Jeff). The trails were in slightly better shape than the week before but it was even warmer and still many snow bombs littered the trails. There was a tree down on North Gibsons but one could get by – just.

We were lucky to get a last minute room at the lodge – they had been sold out for weeks prior to the event – which we shared with John. There were a few other buddies of ours staying at the lodge and I think we drank a few too many pitchers of beer Saturday evening.

Loppet day started out overcast, with low hanging clouds, although the forecast was for sun. Peter and I started 30min ahead of everyone since we were the slowest skiers by about 30min :-). Usually Peter is a much faster skier than I but for some odd reason in the past 2 years I made it up that damn mountain, 850m of continuous climbing, ahead of him. But this years goal was not only to stay ahead of Peter but also to stay ahead off Jeff who would start 30min behind! Last year we were separated by just over 30min. I went off hard, much harder than I should have to shake Peter but he stayed behind me for quite some time. It took the first little bit of a flatter section, where I could double pole, to drop him. By about the 7km mark we broke through the clouds and from then on it was skiing in the sun under blue skies. It was warm too!! Too hot and I was struggling not even half way. I was the first to make it to the lookout, halfway at the 8km mark, and Jo was cheering me on. That renewed the energy a bit. At km 10 though, the first two skaters passed me. They had started 45min after I did.  They finished the whole damn race in less time than it took me to the halfway point :-). At the 13/14km mark I could hear another classic skier behind me. But lucky for me it wasn’t Jeff. I was sooo tired but pushed on. My heel on my left food was on fire. More and more skaters past me, including John, which didn’t really help. But at the end I finished a couple minutes ahead of Jeff :-). I was happy. Skins worked well for me again. The sunshine was beautiful with the fog filling up the valleys below us. I took my time going down. Well except when the fog swallowed us up again after the lookout. The one bad thing, I had a huge blister on my left heel which broke open during the race. Hence no hot tub that day. And it really hurt for a couple of days.


Jan 20-21. Second loppet weekend. The Reino Keiski Salmo loppet in Salmon Arms. We left mid day Friday since the loppet starts early on Sat and it is a 5+hr drive. John came with us again.

Loppet day was overcast with a very light snow. Larch Hills had gotten 3-5cm of fresh snow that night before the groom. Tracks were in good shape but a bit slow. It was about -3 or -2C at the start. I used my skins again. This course is 2 laps of 17km. It’s a lot of up and down really, although there is only one extended climb at about 8km. I started hard and was not the last person out of the stadium, yeah, but it did not take long for everyone to catch me. I hung on though and somehow miraculously passed a whole bunch again on the long uphill. Normally, everyone passes me on the downhill but not this year. I managed to stay ahead till the end of lap one but that’s when it hit me. My leg started to get heavy. Paddling friend Philippa flew by me and was doing all I could to keep her in site but the distance increased steadily. Last 4km and my so beloved skins started to ice up. Rats. I was walking and Philippa was gone. More people started passing me again. I was done. I managed to kick the snow off again after about a kilometer of limping but all the energy was gone. Disappointed, I finished the race. I was not dead last but I felt I should have done better (not sure why since I really don’t train). Ready to quit skiing right there and then.

The boys wanted to ski at Stake Lake the next day. So we spent that night in Kamloops, again drinking way too much beer and eating way too much food.

It was very windy at Stake Lake on Sunday morning and lightly snowing. I wasn’t really looking forward to get out there but then the guy at the ticket booth told us about a moose and calf sighting that morning, and that past week a family of 8 lynx had been seen along the inner trails. Despite the wind and my vow from yesterday to never ski again, I was eager to go see my moose and the cats. Due to the wind, we reversed our usual ski direction and I started out were the moose was seen. Could not find them though, only the fresh tracks all over.  Then up the big hill to the high point, my legs started reminding me about my decision from the day before but the moose/cat stories kept me going. The tracks were filling in with fresh snow and even the downhills were slow. At the lower end of the trial system which is more open, the wind was howling. Luckily, it was mostly a tailwind and with temperatures around 0C it did not feel too terribly cold. At one point the wind pushed me along a flat section of the trail. For the most part though it was a slow grind. Never got to see any moose or cats or anything really but blowing snow and the odd skier. Still, glad to be out there and enjoy nature and fresh air, getting me ready for a week at my desk again.


Jan 27-28. A sleep-in both days weekend – yeah. Lots of rain in the forecast. We initially wanted to go to Whistler but they just got dumped on with fresh and we ended up going to Manning again. Jeff needed to train for his two 50km loppets in Feb.

If you go for the afternoon ski in Manning (start past 12:15PM) you pay only half price and you get off the trails just in time for the pup to open at 4PM after a 30min soak in the hot tub and cool down in the pool. Pretty civilized. But the day did not quite start that way. We were 15min early to leave home but when we drove out of the drive way we heard this clunk noise in the car. And again and again, every time we turned the stirring wheel. How can a car break siting in the drive way? We drove it last time on Wednesday for night skiing at Cypress (which was awfully soggy) and everything was fine. Anyhow, usually not a big deal since we have a truck with M&S tires but unfortunately the truck was in Penticton. Jeff’s parent had borrowed it since none of their cars is winterize. So the only other car we had was Jeff’s mom’s Nissan Versa with summer tires. And the law on BC highways says you have to have winter tires. Not all was lost though since buddy John was coming with us again and his Mazda 3 does have winter tires. So we loaded everything from the Golf into the Versa, drove out to Surrey to load everything from the Versa into the Mazda. The Mazda is quite a nice car but not quite as roomy as a Golf Wagon (or maybe only because I usually do not sit in the back :-)) and it does not go up the hills as smoothly as the turbo diesel that was sitting in our driveway :-(. But we made it to Manning with enough time for a ski, hot tub and beer. Manning also had gotten quite a bit of snow and the tracks were filled in with powder. It was still snowing and the going was slow, not ideal for Jeff’s training. I took it easy. But this was the first time ever my skin ski completely deserted me – they iced up right at the start (we started at the bottom that day) and I had to switch to my crown which worked great. Up North Gibsons the snow was so deep I could not see my skis and it was more walking than skiing. And near the end I came across a group of trees down. It was just possible to squeeze yourself underneath them while sitting on your skis. Not 500m later there was another group of trees down. No easy way to get by those, other than wading through hip deep snow. I turned around instead. The downhill was fun in the fresh powder. Maybe I should pick up downhill skiing? A nice day outdoors!

Sunday was as wet as the forecast promised. It started out with a drizzle in the AM. Since our car was still broken and we have no roof rack for the Versa we could not take the boats to the Cove. Luckily the river was high all morning long with a small incoming tide. Jeff didn’t feel like paddling in the rain but I was itching for some boat time. So I took my sufkski and walked it to the river by myself. Paddled for ~90min up to Arthur Liang Bridge and back. It was wet and the wind picked up on the way back. Mostly had the river to myself except for the ducks ans seagulls and a couple tug boats blocking the small channel around Mitchell Island on my way back. Trying to get past a tug parking a barge and a tug towing a log boom in that narrow channel at the same time was near impossible. But it all got sorted out. I guess the logging industry does not take days off. Not the most scenic or exciting paddle ever but I was glad to get out in a boat. Below the story of my 4-Bridges North Fraser trip in pictures:


September 17, 2017

Last week at 48

Filed under: Canada, Hummer, Kayak, Other sports — K2 in Canada @ 9:04 AM

Well, it was a bit of an up and down week. It started quite fun. We had the third annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament going on at work – a truncated version with all the games in one week rather than over 3 weeks. And we had 12 teams signed up even though the announcement came out only a week before. I put in my team from last year, team members Alex, David and Michael as sub. We won the first game against the HR girls on the first day :-). Not a 100% fair match up but we made it a fun game nonetheless. And the crowd loved it too. Our 2nd match, on Tuesday, was against Jeff’s team. Not only did I have to play against my Jeff, but his team outranked us by skill and weight and height. Nevertheless, we didn’t make total fools of ourselves and gave them a decent match. In the last 30 sec of the game, I tried to push the ball away from Jeff so that he could not score on us again. I succeeded but awkwardly hit my finger on my left hand and I felt this sharp pain. The middle finger was bend backwards at the centre joint. I tried to pull it back myself but didn’t make it. Off to the hospital we went after filling out the first aid paperwork at work. Darn, this was also the day of the last TNR kayak race followed by the season end party. I figured we’ll have to spent all night at the hospital before I even get to see a doctor and would miss out on all the fun. I almost didn’t want to go but Jeff was quite insistent. We took a taxi to Burnaby General Hospital in rush hour which took forever. The ice pack I got at work by now was piss warm. The check in at the hospital though was quick – no line up. Even the initial triage was done in less than 5min and they sent me for x-ray. Now I thought that will take some time, but nope. I was through again in less than 5min. Cool. Waiting for the doctor took the longest. Maybe 20-30min which, given previous experiences at this very same hospital, was still quick. They call it “Super Fast Track” now, I guess they mean it. The doc showed me the x-ray and yes, the middle finger was properly dislocated. He froze the finger, the needle was the most painful part, and pop the joint back in. Put on a small splint and said I should be good to go in a couple of days again. Just no basketball for a few days.

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Just like that and in less than an hour we were on our way back home. Plenty of time to get to at least the TNR season end party and drink plenty of beer. The funny thing, even though the finger was puffed up like crazy, it never really hurt much even when the freezing came off. Or maybe the beer help :-).

I was back in the gym the Wednesday morning. I notice then, that the left index finger also took a bit of a hit – just bruised though. Since I could not bend two fingers I did only go for a core and legs workout. Good thing I never learnt to type with all fingers – so my work day wasn’t impacted at all. Except for all the people coming by wanting to see above picture of the dislocated joint. The splint came off Thursday evening and I was back to the regular weight circuit routine on Friday morning – took it easy on the weights mind you. Too make up for that, we did 10 stations instead of the usual 8.

The basketball tournament continued without me. Unfortunately my team lost the next game too which meant we were out. I would have made NO difference to the outcome whatsoever but it was tough to be watching it from the sideline :-(. Jeff’s team mind you made it all the way to last day. 4 team’s were left to compete for the trophy. Jeff’s team eliminated one. But then got beat in the next game by 1 point – I did see no foul :-). Both games were super exciting.

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Today, Jeff and I went paddling in Indian Arm. Nice sunny, calm day. We only had to fight the current but my finger was fine. Both fingers are still swollen and have a bit of an ugly colour to them but I could bend them enough to hold the paddle. YEAH!!! How is that for recovery from an injury at almost 50! Now I just need to get some strength back in those two fingers. Few pictures from today:

And that’s a wrap for 48!


April 23, 2017

TNR+ racing is back

Filed under: Canada, Kayak — K2 in Canada @ 10:47 PM

Well, I probably am going to miss this week’s race but I did the first 3 of 2017. The season opener on Apr 4th was wet, freezing cold and very windy. I was so happy to be in my V10 Sport instead of the Legend. 50 “boats” were on the water despite the more than awful conditions. I am in no racing shape even though we have gotten a few kilometers in already in our surfskis – but all at below average all-day-pace. It worked on the first night since all I had to do was to stay up. Week 2 was nice and sunny, although still cold. Trying to race I just ended up in killing myself off the start and collapsing after 500m. Pretty sad. But the beer and food and good company afterwards makes up for all that. Last week was the Jug Island time trial. Not my most favourite race but I also got to pass many people. You are supposed to seed yourself from slowest to fastest. Took the fast guys a lot longer to catch up to me this time and none of the people starting just behind me managed to get by. Good for my ego :-). Below are some pics from week 1 – it was way worse than it looks!

For results and upcoming races, go here: http://www.deepcovekayak.com/races/

As mentioned above, we did have some kilometers under our belts at least. Apr 1st we started our weekly Indian Arm run past the power station – a 29.3km round trip when hugging the shoreline the whole way. For the first one on Apr 1, we had nice, calm although overcast conditions. We saw river otters twice, once on the way up, once on the way back. It took us 3hrs 25min in our singles (V10 Sport for me, Evo II for Jeff) and the sun came out when we loaded up the boats.

The day after, Apr 2nd, we got some good wave practice in. It was an intense paddle out of Jericho in our double surfski. Took 1hr to get out, less than 20min to get back. We caught some nice waves but some of those nice waves caught us, turning the double into a submarine. I felt like a periscope being up to my chest in the water. Takes a while to drain a fully flooded boat in those conditions but we managed to stay up. Nice sunshine, big ebb tide and 20-25knots wind out of the west against the current. Biggest conditions I can remember. I was sure glad to be in our double. We had to improvise the leashes. Even then, the turning around was pretty nerve wracking. Temperature with windchill was 5.2C! When we got back to the beach, shivering with cold and exhaustion, we ran into paddling friends Mike and Paul but they went kite surfing rather than paddling. Instead of the ice cream we would usually get at the Galley on a sunny day in April on the beach we got hot chocolate to try to get warm! But it took a Guinness and Fisherman’s Pie at the Cheshire Cheese Inn on Dunbar, our old stomping ground, to feel human again. No pictures from during the paddle, I would NOT let go of my paddle, only a few afterwards and a video mostly so you can hear the wind :-).

Apr 9 was another run up Indian Arm in singles. It was a bit breezy and bouncy but it took the same amount of time. Mostly overcast but not too much rain. As we turned to head back we could see black smoke in the distance. First we thought it might be the oil refinery across the inlet the smoke was so dark. But as we got closer we saw a couple houses in flames on the Belcarra side across from Deep Cove. Actually one was already burned to the ground. It must have been a really hot fire, even the trees next to the area caught fire and they had been soaked in heavy rain for days. Tough area to get fire fighters in as well.

On the Easter Friday run up the Arm we had company. Buddy John came with us which was good for Jeff. We had to fight our way up the arm against a strong headwind and I was bagged as we got past Buntzen Bay. Started to take the direct route from there to the turn around point and then B-lined back to Strathcona while the boys continued to hug the shore. Even though I hardly paddled, the wind and waves pushed me along at over 10km/hr. But my balance was shot since I was tired. Not the most fun paddle I have had.

Apr 16 had us take the double out again. The forecast for English Bay was relatively benign but there was some swell and some wind to try to catch some waves on the way back. Hard work though. We crossed from Jericho to the North shore on side chop, paddled up the coast to Eagle Harbour, crossed to Passage Island and circled around it before heading back in what was way less of a straight line than I had expected/hoped for. Unfortunately, we did not get to see the Orcas that had been spotted in Howe Sound on Easter Friday. No rain and barely warm enough but we finally had the after paddle Ice Cream at the Galley.


March 12, 2017

Count Down -5hrs or so.

Filed under: Canada, Home, Kayak — K2 in Canada @ 6:22 PM

After a week of cold yet again, it finally warmed up to above 5C (see previous post below). But we also got the rain back, at times heavy all weekend long. Good thing that I had enough errands to run (= excuses) to not have to do anything active all day yesterday. We are getting visitors from Germany coming in tonight for almost 3 weeks. 3 of them. My nephew Steffen, my niece Anneke and her boyfriend Maxi. We are able to accommodate 1 person, it’ll be tight for two if they can share a double bed but three is going to be a challenge. Oh well, they are young. Jeff went out a few weeks ago and bought one of those luxury inflatable air twin mattresses. It inflates via in-build electrical pump, is pretty high off the ground and wide enough for one person but the length seems to be designed for kids or nationalities that are on average shorter than the average German. Sorry, Steffen, but this will have to do. Yesterday I went on an Ikea shopping trip to stock up on bedding and towels, and all those other things that your walk by when at Ikea, really do need but seem to be a great deal and can’t get anywhere else, like Marabou chocolate :-). Mind you, a new shower curtain in the upstairs bathroom was very much needed and with the “Bathroom Sale” going on, a really good deal. Besides Ikea shopping, I spent the day rearranging our workout equipment in the den so that I can fit the air mattress into it and cleaned the downstairs den, guest room and bathroom. How on earth a toilet we hardly ever use can get that dirty is a mystery to me – yuck. Also found out that our vacuum is mostly non-functional, at least the big brush is broken which means I was on my knees to clean the large area of the floor with a tiny little brush. All is nice and shiny now, relatively spoken, and we are ready for our guests.

I would have made Jeff do the vacuuming since he knew it was the big brush was broken for a while but he was sick like a dog not being able to keep any food in him since Friday. Poor guy! I made some carrot potatoes stew for dinner and that was the first meal he was able to eat in over 24hrs that stayed put.

Today was just as wet as yesterday but temps almost reach the magic 10C. Jeff was feeling better so we went for relaxed paddle out of Deep Cove for almost 2hrs. And yes, it rained the whole time but it was mostly calm and I felt good being out in the fresh air even though I did get tired at the end. All this “rest” yesterday must have tired me out. :-). We also saw a river otter on shore near the powerhouse but he/she scooted off to quick for me to take a picture.


February 19, 2017

A more average winter weekend at home

Filed under: Canada, Kayak, Ski — K2 in Canada @ 6:34 PM

For once, no loppet. Nice to have a break. But off course we still went skiing – to prep for the Payak next weekend. 30km for me, 50km for Jeff. It was a warm, between 0C and 2C, and wet ski yesterday at Callaghan. The snow was quite slushy, the tracks soft. I tried my grip tape, no grip. My wax tech suggested klister, no grip, but I tried hard to make it work. Finally, after 11km of cursing I switched to my crowns. They worked just fine! And I managed to get 32kms of skiing in. The sun tried to come out but by the end it was raining/lightly snowing. I don’t think Jeff and John finished their goal of 50km, or at least I hope not, as they got back to the car before I did :-).

Today was an overcast, 7C day on the coast, light rain on and off. What did we do? Sleep in, watch humming birds and go for a paddle mid day. It was a bit breezy out in Deep Cove but Jeff was feeling much better than last weekend and we pushed a bit harder – well I pushed quite a bit harder. Only 6 weeks left till the first Tuesday Night Race :-).

It’s just nice to get out for a bit after a long short week at work!


February 14, 2017

A Perfect Winter Day at Home

Filed under: Canada, Home, Hummer, Kayak — K2 in Canada @ 6:55 AM

Family Day Holiday and it was a perfect, blue sky, sunny, warm (10C) day in Vancouver. Woke up rested after 9.5hrs of sleep. Called my parents to wish my Dad “Happy Birthday”. Jeff made an awesome breakfast skillet – not that I haven’t eaten enough over the last two days already.

We got the car washed – it was sooo dirty from driving the Coquihalla, it was crusted in sand and salt. Most of it came off but not all. We went flower shopping at the gardening store. We only stopped there to buy potting soil for our indoors plants but in the show room we met a most convincing sales “person”. A female Anna’s Hummingbird was cruising the flowering plants and we ended up buying the ones she spent the most time with. Maybe our hummer’s like those too? 🙂 Back home, while unloading the car, I played with our neighbour’s Sheppard and their 2.5 year old son Nick for a bit in the drive way.

We went for a 90min easy paddle out of Deep Cove – lots of boats were out, power and paddle crafts, but for the most part the ocean was nice and calm. Back home, I did some planting in the afternoon while Jeff washed the windows – first time ever I think, that those were cleaned from the outside. We watched Chatter and Lily, actually there are two Lilies now, as they came by lots of time in the late afternoon. I took a video of Chatter doing the evening clean – so cute – while Lily was resting. Jeff made dinner, I cut up the store bought apple pie for desert. Does it get any better than this? 🙂


November 13, 2016

Should have been skiing

Filed under: Animals, Canada, Kayak — K2 in Canada @ 9:13 PM

The last few years this was our first ski weekend of the season. Remembrance Day long weekend. But it has been so warm in November that whatever snow ever was in the mountain, here or the Okanagan, has been almost rained away. I think we were close to breaking the old record of 18.4C in Vancouver on Nov 8th. It was so warm even early in the morning and at night.

We saw the first hummingbird today at our feeder at the house – yeah!!! I hope he’ll be back many more times :-). Love these guys. No picture yet….the below is Old Fencefull who finally has return to his perch on the fence.


Anyhow, no snow meant no traveling this weekend and time to do more paddling. Went out twice, Fri and Sun. The forecast for both those days was wet, wet, wet. Well, Friday turned out to be a pretty dry day. It was overcast all day but we did not get wet on our paddle out in English Bay. Well, not from rain that is. There was a bit of a north wind in the forecast so we headed across from Jericho to Passage Island at the entrance of Howe Sound, hoping to get a nice push back. When we left the beach there were whitecaps out that way and we had a bumpy crossing to the north shore at least for the first bit. Half way across it calmed down quite a bit. No more whitecaps as far as we could see. We stuck to the plan though and the wind picked up a bit again coming out of Howe Sound. Hence we got a bit of a ride but not nearly as much as I needed. Was very tired by the time we got back to the beach 3hrs later. The wavy stuff takes a lot more out of me. But it was a nice paddle and I love my stable boat. I would have been so scared in my Legend.

Saturday was a rest day. A real rest day that is. It was supposed to rain a lot and it did in the morning. All we did was go for a walk along the river – in the rain. The sun came out in the afternoon but I was too lazy to get my butt out again. Haven’t had a day of doing nothing in a long, long time. Mind you, I did clean out my clothes shelves. Just too much stuff in there that I don’t ever wear anymore.

Sunday was another 3hr paddle day heading out of Deep Cove. I woke up stiff and sore from doing nothing the day before :-). Luckily it loosened up as soon as we started the paddle. It did start out with no rain but we did get rained on for most of it. Steady paddle up the Arm. Lots of seals hanging out around twin. But nothing else moved on this wet day except, surprisingly, a lot of big yachts were out cruising up and down Indian Arm. Jeff had the silly idea to do a workout on the way back. So after 2hrs of steady paddling I did a 10 x 1′ on 2′ piece, the most I had in me, while Jeff did 3 or 4 x 10min. Show off :-).

It is getting colder though. Only 10C today compared to 14C on Friday. By next week temperatures are supposed to drop below 10C. Hopefully that means snow in the mountains somewhere, even though I will curse it on my bike.


November 5, 2016

October 2016 – Most Days of Rain

Filed under: Canada, Fishing, Kayak — K2 in Canada @ 10:10 PM

Apparently we broke a record in October: Most days of rain, 28 out of 31 days (link). I actually didn’t think it was that bad. I ride my bike to work every day and I for sure did not get wet every day. So I guess they counted any drizzle. But we did have a lot of rainy weekends it seems.

Today was another one of those. So far November is trying to break the new record. But of course that did not stop us to go for a paddle. Buddy John came with us braving the rain, heavy at times, and wind, strong at times. But it was not continuous rain. Jeff spotted a couple river otters in the water along shore between Twin and the Powerhouse. Surprised we don’t see those more often around here. We had a headwind on the way back which seems twice as bad since I was tired after 2hrs in the boats already. Only another hour to go…


Last weekend, Oct 29, was also a very soggy paddle. Even more so than today. It rained the whole time until we  hit the beach in Deep Cove and had loaded the boats. By the time we got home the sun even made an appearance and we went for a walk along the river.

The Sunday after was also pretty nice and sunny most of the day. I went for a hike from the Cypress Downhill area up to Hollyburn Mtn and down to the cross country parking lot were I met Jeff with the car who had roller skied up. The way up was much faster than down – due to distance. And I believe it rained in the evening so this one sure counted as a rainy day but who cares.

And the weekend before last was – I had almost forgotten – a sunny day of paddling, Oct 22. We did the Round Croker Island run in the double and beat our personal best by 8min. 2hrs51min for 33km. I was pretty sore after but we still went for a walk to enjoy more of the nice weather.

The Sunday we went fishing in the Valley. Weather was overcast and mostly dry but no fish even though we tried very hard. Water levels are either too low or too high in our favourite spots. So I spent more time taking pictures. It started raining just near the end of it, so again this counts as a rainy day.

Oct 15, 8 and 1 were all wet paddles. The only other sunny paddle was on Oct 10 but that day my head almost killed me. Click on the numbers to read previous posts in Oct.


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