Friday, December 29, 2017

Top 10 paddles of 2017 - #3

Early May we were expecting the new gravity based oil production platform for the Hebron oil field to be towed from its construction site in Bull Arm.  The hope for plan was to camp nearby and watch the tow-out.

On May 7th ten of us met in Chance Cove to begin the paddle to the campsite at Masters Head.

The coast north of Chance Cove is dotted with sea stacks and is some of the most picturesque on the Avalon Peninsula.

Nearing the crossing to Masters Head.

The campsite on the beach just inside Masters Head.  We collected some wood for a campfire later in the evening and four of us ...

... climbed up the hill behind the campsite to have a look down into Bull Arm and out over Trinity Bay.

When we climbed down we had our fire before retiring for the night.

The next day we rose to a cool and misty day for the paddle into Bull Arm and the Mosquito Cove construction site.  We knew the tow out would not be happening but we were on location so we went to go have a look anyway.

We were warned off by a sign indicating the site was a construction zone.  We drifted and slowly paddled closer until we saw ...

... a lunch approach to stop us in our tracks.  They weren't heavy handed.  We chatted for a while and then they offered to take ...

... a group photo of us with the Hebron GBS behind us.

With that done we returned to the campsite to break camp and paddle back to Chance Cove.

Looking over the ship's log *lol* it was the only time this year that I did a kayak camp trip with other people.  That was most unusual so that's why its on my list of top 10 paddles for the year at #3.

Original posts with more photos of the trip are here at day 1 and day 2.

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