Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Top 10 paddles of 2015 - #9

On August 15th a group of us were in Harbour Grace for a paddle to Salmon Cove.  Harbour Grace itself is not very interesting.  The main attraction is the beached former coastal supply vessel the Kyle.

Newfoundland had many isolated communities around the bays and inlets and the only way to supply them with goods people could not supply themselves was by ship.  The Kyle was one of them.  After floating around inspecting what was left of her we paddled approximately 5 kms out of the harbour until we were at ...

... the Feather the south headland of the harbour where we stopped for lunch.  In truth the paddle out of the harbour was not that interesting but it would get better.

After lunch we made a crossing to the Harbour Grace Islands.

There the scenery improved and was really quite spectacular.

We left the Harbour Grace Islands as the winds strengthened and made for Carbonear Island, behind Gary, and reached the mainland again near the community of Freshwater.  It was a diverse group on the day that got spread out during the paddle into the wind.  We were soon back together again to continue the paddle into Salmon Cove.

The coastline leading into Salmon Cove was punctuated by seas stacks that made the day.

After I had taken the picture of Derek, Hazen snapped one of me in the same spot.

This is just a short overview of this paddle with some shots not in the original posts which can be found here and here.

Harbour Grace was our furthest day paddle from home for the year.  Sometimes its hard to shake the aversion for the longer drives but thanks to Hazen we had a super day.  I enjoyed the coast from Freshwater to Salmon Cove and maybe in 2016 we'll start in Freshwater and paddle further north.

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