Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Memorable paddles

Enjoying the scene

I've had many paddles, some more memorable than others. Its cause for reflection. What makes a paddle memorable?

Some of the things that make paddles memorable for me include the people in the group. A close encounter with a whale. In the shadow and cool breeze of an iceberg. On a restless ocean in challenging conditions. A spectacular waterfall. Staying upright in a huge breaking wave. It doesn't have to be much to make it memorable. On Sunday though it was a magnificent sea arch, and the fact it was accessible when we were there.

A sculpture of nature

The sea is a patient artisan. It whittles away at seemingly impervious rocks until a weakness is found and exploited. One of those weaknesses may be a fault, a minor movement in the rocks relative to each other. In many human lifetimes a cleft is opened up and expanded until the sculpture begins to take form. But its never a finished work.

Moving on

After spending sometime in and around the arch it was time to continue on. Another location that has become a marker in my mind of memorable paddles. One I'm sure I'll revisit in the future.


  1. Paddling in your waters with that kind of landscape and coastline would really be memorable for me.



  2. Peter, we sure have lots of rocky coastline, as do you in your region. The nice thing about blogging is being able to share our landscapes even if we can't paddle there.

    Tony :-)

  3. Tony, I am coming to Newfoundland from Norway at the end of July. Can you connect me with anyone so that I could get in a few day trips? Richard seakayak(at)