Afternoon Paddle Troubles: Alouette Lake

Wednesday, July 14, 12021 HE We were camping at the Gold Creek Campground at Alouette Lake in Golden Ears Provincial Park. In the morning I had explored the western shoreline from Gold Creek south towards Alouette Lake South Beach. For the afternoon we made a family trip down to North Beach. We drove over from our campground and parked at the Gold Creek Parking. We then tookContinue reading “Afternoon Paddle Troubles: Alouette Lake”

Lark Paddle: Alouette Lake

Wednesday, July 14, 12021 HE Our Family Camp 2.0 for this summer was at Alouette Lake in Golden Ears Provincial Park. Our Family Camp 1.0 was in Sasquatch Provincial Park at Deer Lake. This trip, the second one, was with my brother and his family. On the Native-Land.ca website, Alouette Lake is listed as being the ancestral lands of several indigenous tribes. According toContinue reading “Lark Paddle: Alouette Lake”

Ansell Point to Finisterre Island

Sunday, July 4, 12021 HE As I sit down to write this I noticed a strange coincidence. Last year on July 4, I paddle to Bowyer Island. And this year I did again. Strange and completely unplanned. I still have my eyes set on an overnight trip to Gambier Island but the stars have yet to align for me, with weather andContinue reading “Ansell Point to Finisterre Island”

Vanier Park ‘Hosedown’

Monday, March 8, 12021 HE The weather was great! A sign of the pending season change. After some quick morning errands, I was able to get out on the water. There was a bit of a westerly wind with the tide going out so I decided to paddle from Vanier Park. This would give me theContinue reading “Vanier Park ‘Hosedown’”

Slhx̱í7lsh Rock 2.0

Saturday, February 27, 12021 HE With the clear skies, I decided to do another trip out to Slhx̱í7lsh (Siwash) Rock. I did the same paddle last week with overcast skies. The moon was out and full so I ended up seeing the moonset and sunrise. While out on the water in the crisp morning air on a peaceful morningContinue reading “Slhx̱í7lsh Rock 2.0”

Night Time Paddle

Thursday, February 25, 12021 HE Peter and I got out for a short, mid-week, twilight paddle. We left from the Spyglass Dock. It was almost a full moon and with the city lights, the visibility was pretty good. We did a quick paddle down to the northeast end of False Creek then back out to Stamps Landing Dock before returningContinue reading “Night Time Paddle”

Slhx̱í7lsh (Siwash) Rock 1.0

Sunday, February 21, 12021 HE I took advantage of the lengthening days and paddled from Vanier Park to Slhx̱í7lsh (Siwash Rock). This the essentially the northernmost point that you can paddle to before the restricted seaway leading to the Port of Vancouver. I was informed of this last summer when I errantly paddled in the area. Slhx̱í7lsh or “standing man” is the translation from Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish)Continue reading “Slhx̱í7lsh (Siwash) Rock 1.0”

Fancy Flatwater Footwork

Monday, February 8, 12021 HE My downwinding experience yesterday confirmed what I already knew about my footwork on my board. It needs work. The highlighting of my lack of comfort to move forward and backward and more particularly my complete unwillingness to cross-step yesterday provided the needed motivation to change this. I’ve known for some time thatContinue reading “Fancy Flatwater Footwork”

Will There Be Wind?

Sunday, February 7, 12021 HE Saturday the weather was gorgeous, especially for February in Vancouver. And it was windy with a strong westerly to boot. Below is the forecast from Windy.com for the weekend as predicted on Saturday morning! There are four different predictions from four different models, but the take-home is Saturday afternoon was going toContinue reading “Will There Be Wind?”

Jericho Upwinder/Downwinder 2.0

Saturday, January 30, 12021 HE My original plan was to get out for an early morning twilight/sunrise paddle. A rough night of family sleep kiboshed that plan. But I was able to get out in the afternoon and perhaps it was the water gods working their magic. When I arrived at the Jericho Beach Parking LotContinue reading “Jericho Upwinder/Downwinder 2.0”