Was alil freaked out about this trip as I did NOTHING to prep for it… not one tiny bit of training or toning… lol, yep definitely no toning going on.
This working full time this yr, while trying desperately to keep PC a float is killing me… I am dying, I tell ya!! The big red S has always been a no-brainer for me, literally. Great place to go socialize and never ever gave it a second thought while doing the job or after I punched out but this year has been VERY DIFFERENT…uugghh
ok sorry; … nuff about my work rant… back to the Kayaking.
So as mentioned above, I was alil freaked out about this trip for all the reasons mentioned.. then they gave me this sexy outfit … and again, nuff said :)
We got to the orientation meeting, met the guides and previous owner of the company. He recently sold to ROW Adventures but every now and then, comes on these excursions when he is in town, purely because of his love for the region…yay BC!! We were really lucky to have Peter join us. He had a millions stories and tales… I loved it! What a lovely (small) group of people… all American, the other guests were.
We started day one by loading the kayaks down at the pier that was super slippery and filled with jelly fish… or sea jelly as they are now known as. I spent most of my time rescuing each jelly by gently picking them up and placing them back in the water. (Yep, a couple people found it weird… ask me if I cared :))
We then set out for ‘camp’. The paddling started out OK once I got alil instruction but after approx 1 hr, my carpal tunnel started to act up and both hands went numb… uugghh, I didn’t even think about it prior to booking this type of trip. But thank goodness, at about the same time, everyone was starting to feel it and needed bathroom breaks so we pulled into the next beautiful cove. Here we discovered some very unusual star fish… again, known as Sea Stars now… uuggh being politically correct has never been my strong suit… but here was also my first visit to the ‘loo’… yep pine box in the woods. Good times… not.
But to find the silver lining, this was the view on my way back to the beach… gorgeous!
We were lucky to also have Monica with us as a guide, she is studying to be a Marine Biologist so had a ton of info to share and a pure love of nature and wildlife… we got along great …lol… actually she ended up being Peter’s girlfriend… sweet couple
I borrowed my man’s underwater camera and got some fun shots of kelp. It was really interesting learning about it, its growths patterns etc from the guides. I just remember growing up in the West End that it was an irritant while swimming down at English Bay but it was interesting learning the other side of it.
Then after WAY too much paddling; we finally made it. We pulled the kayaks WAAAYYYYY up on shore so they wouldn’t float away… they were loaded with all our gear and weighed a friggin ton. While carrying them, all I could think was ‘buy a friggin rope’ … achieves the same result; no floating away.
This stunning view was mine the next morning, actually EVERY morning… the fog hung around alot, and was chilly in the morning but was very cool to kayak through during the day, well, until it was foggy and rainy for 2 days straight. But made for some interesting photo shots… again always looking for the silver lining.
Each morning we were also greeted with an amazing breakfast … we actually got Eggs Benny one day. How the heck do you make Eggs Benedict on a camp fire… these guys are miracle workers. Plus they also went the extra mile by always making everything look beautiful.
Monica usually had a lovely fruit platter all cut and adorned with greenery and/or florals.
When not kayaking thru the day, Peter would take us on nature hikes thru the woods. This is where I learned how to tell a Hemlock… limp top due to its below average sized pine cones and a cedar or spruce. We also made our way to other shoreline campsites to meet other kayakers… 2 others groups were from England… WOW imagine coming all the way here just to go kayaking on the coast. COOL!
So as I mentioned earlier it rained a fair amount while on this excursion, so I really embraced the layered look. I don’t usually do layers as I don’t like adding extra girth needlessly, since I do a great job on my own :) but here I am showing off my layers and enjoying a few rare moments of sun.
Here are a couple shots of some of the whales we saw… sadly a few times they would come in closer but I never had my camera ready since it was raining so much I didn’t have it out (since I am such a ‘nervous nelly’ about it getting wet)
This would’ve been an awesome day to have had my camera ready for as the whales were close to us… and would’ve been super close if we were in the kayaks but as you can see from the water; it was super choppy so we didn’t leave the shore. Plus it had been raining, so my big camera was in my tent.
Here are some random shots of everyday life…
This was the kitchen/eating set- up with Monica’s fruit plate, yummy oatmeal breakfast cake (yep didn’t get my pineapple upset down cake, but loved this one) and my steaming cup of tea. Without a Starbucks anywhere to be seen, I settled for a big cup of Tetley a couple times a day.
But I was in a stunning part of our region so let’s finish up with a sunset shot … this was the view from my tent as the sun set each night. We would start ‘Happy Hour’ at 5p… where I discovered the joy of boxed wine, brie warmed on the open fire, sea salted whole nuts, green grapes and crackers…so yummy!!
Thx for checking in once again, All the Best, Carole