Last Saturday (February 21st) Robyn and I went for an early spring paddle from Gyro Park in Cadboro Bay to Cattle Point. Nothing but sunshine and 13C temperatures to greet us as we explored the coastline while Robyn worked on some of her maneuvering skills.
|Robyn and I paddling through the Royal Victoria Yacht Club marina. Photo by Gary Jacek|
|The Happy Seat fitted into the cockpit of my P&H Delphin|
The Jackson Kayak website describes this device best. The Happy Seat is an inflatable bladder that goes under your legs just in front of your existing seat. It has two purposes. 1. It gives you more control in the boat. 2. It makes your legs more comfortable, taking some of the pressure off of your knees, hips, and butt. The Happy Seat comes with a cord to attach the front of it to your floor support, and the back end attaches by Velcro straps around your seat. You should make sure it doesn't impede exit from your boat in case of emergency.
|GoPro adhesive mount works great to tie down the Happy Seat|
As we paddled towards Cattle Point I spotted someone in a sheltered cove taking pictures of what I thought was wildlife but soon figured out that it was our paddling friend Gary Jacek. Gary was out on a bike ride and he managed to spot us from Beach Drive as we paddled through the Royal Victoria Yacht Club just after leaving the beach.
|Gary spotted me coming through the islets just as I spotted him taking pictures of us.|
|It's not often that we get photos of both of us together. Thanks Gary!|
While the rest of Canada is frozen in winter at this time of year we sure have it tough on the west coast. They say that April showers bring May flowers but for us it's more like January's showers (no snow) bring February's flowers. Yes.... spring has arrived in Victoria!
|Oak Bay and Willows Beach (right) in the sunshine|
2015 Paddle # 8 - Caddy to Cattle Point
Distance: 3.96 nm (7.33 km)
YTD: 54.33 nm (91.34 km)