Sunday, March 14, 2010

Paddling Conception Harbour




[for a trip report on Conception Harbour/Avondale, see: http://www.kayakers.nf.ca/sea_kayaking/trip_reports/avondale1.html]




Simply sweet: Forecast of +4C, sunny, light (to neglible) wind. Sunday. Translates quickly into=forego responsibilities and join friends paddling. Twist my arm.





One (or both) arms duely twisted, 7 of us headed out of Conception Harbour in Gaster's Bay (Conception Bay, Newfoundland - about 45 mins drive from St. John's) for a lovely wee spring paddle (~14km), seeing new hills (sprinkled with snow they look large and prominent on the landscape); carving through ice (do not suggest doing this with a wooden greenland paddle - half of paddle is superior according to Derek - maneuverability being everything), with a clear view up the bay to the fine spread of sedimentary rocks of Bell Island.



Paddling out of Conception Harbour, or nearby Avalondale, at the bottom of Conception Harbour is a sure (well, as sure as sure can be when kayaking) bet for night or winter paddling. Lots of takeouts and possibilities for beach cookups.

The first stretch of ice took some hammering to get through... then it got a little easier.....

video

8 comments:

Michael said...

Good for you! Still thick ice in my bay yet...

Tony said...

It was indeed a beautiful day to be paddling in Newfoundland. 14 paddlers in two separate groups must be a record for a winter's day paddle.

Tony :-)

Alison Dyer said...

Hi Michael - several others have been paddling throughout the winter. My timing has been off each time. But now, with such sunshine (not today) I'm ready to keep paddling. O Glorious coast of Newfoundland!

Alison Dyer said...

Hi Tony - of course you've been out ALL winter! And I was told it wasn't really winter anymore (well, another week it'll officially be spring - which, as we know, means didlysquat in newfoundland)! A

clairesgarden said...

what a beautiful day, dedication award for getting through the ice!!!

Alison Dyer said...

Hi Claire,
thank goodness it was through the ice and not, well, through the ice!
Your flowers look gorgeous... would like to learn more about your veggie plots... that's what's on my mind to (and thinking about getting some muscovy ducks to raise..maybe) - look as though you can raise quite a substantial amount of produce - is this in your garden? what your growing zone???? Alison

clairesgarden said...

don't think we have 'zones' here really, its more of less the same as around Seattle, not as warm. same rain!

Alison Dyer said...

Claire,
managed to get out to my veggie gardens this Easter weekend (usually covered in mountains of snow). To clean up, ask neighbour to haul kelp to same, take soil samples for pH values, move compost bin, clean out chicken coops... what a terrific Easter!