Sunday, December 28, 2014

Top 10 paddles of 2014 - #5

The winter of 2013 - 14 started early.  By February 8th when Clyde, Dean and I arrived at Bay Bulls for a paddle there was lots of snow on the ground.

Lots of snow under bright sunny skies as we paddled along the northern side of Bay Bulls.

Lots of snow and walls of icicles adorned the cliffs.

Bay Bulls is open to the east.  When we reached the end of the north side paddling easterly, the three of us turned north to made a short visit to Freshwater Cove where a small stream froze into masses of ice.

Retracing our track to Freshwater Cove we crossed the open mouth of the harbour to reach the south side where ...

... we were greeted by more sheets of ice, in this case tinted brown by the earthy runoff.

On the north side we were in full sun.  On the south side we were in shade under the cliffs but no less enjoyable.

On the way back to the put-in we stopped on this secluded beach covered in snow and ice to eat a quick lunch.  It was cold on February 8th (-11C) but comfortable while paddling generated body heat.  Stopped it was different.

The snow and ice made this paddle.  Paddling on a cold, sunny, bright day has its challenges but it also has its appeals.  It was appealing enough to put it on my list of top 10 paddles for 2014.

Here's a link to the original post with other shots.

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