Monday, April 25, 2016

Return to Kellys Isand

Almost all traces of Wednesday's snow storm had disappeared when we arrived at Long Pond for a paddle out to Kellys Island in Conception Bay.  There were some patches of snow but it seemed the low laying areas at sea level escaped most of the accumulation.  In any case, Sunday morning was a beautiful day for a paddle and Wednesday was long forgotten.

Under blue skies and on blue water we paddled out to the exit of Long Pond harbour ...

... to begin the three km crossing to Kellys Island.

The water was oily calm for the crossing as the land faded away on all sides.

Thirty minutes later we were at the island.

Dean asked Cathy to pick a direction for the paddle around.  We went counterclockwise and were soon ...

... under the massive cliffs of Ordovician age sediments.

Kelly Island is not a big island being only 2 km long but hugging the shoreline through Martins Cove and Big Cove ran the distance up to 4 kms.  At Martins Cove we again said we should come here for a one night camp trip.  Maybe it will happen this year.

The north side of the island was cast in shadows and now around the tip and on the south side we revelled in the brilliant and warm sunshine.

There's something fascinating about rocks.  They are the open textbook of the history of the Earth.  Here darker shales cap thick beds of sandstone telling us something about the environment in which the sediments were deposited.  Cathy would also note the contrasting rocks.

It was such a beautiful day and we were in no hurry so we got out for a stretch on this cobble, fibreglass unfriendly beach and went "mountain" climbing to catch a bird's eye view of the bay all around us.


  1. The cliff face in the second last picture looks awesome Tony

  2. Hey Tony,I always love the geo lessons!Our shorelines are so amazing! Thanks for another awesome day and catching it in pix! :)

  3. Thanks Shane, more to come on the geology on display.

    Another awesome day Cathy. There's no question that we here in Newfoundland have some of the most amazing and interesting geology worldwide.

    Tony :-)