Friday, August 4, 2017

My Boys First Kayak / Camp

I've been saying I would take my boys camping for a couple years but never got around to it...this year I promised them we would go.  I kept and eye on the weather and a 3-4 day window opened up of next to no wind and low chance or rain so it was time to get my boys out kayak camping.
I got all the gear packed the night before, double checked I didn't miss anything, and we left shortly after lunch on Wednesday afternoon.

The boys slept most of the way there.  I got to Colinet and had the boats unloaded and half packed before they woke up.

As soon as the boys woke up they started to get all excited to go in the kayak!
I was pretty excited about this one myself.
Lou wanted me to do a roll one time for him and since then whenever I get home he asks me if I tipped over.  When we got in the boats he said "dad are we gonna tip over today?" lol ... I laughed and said no buddy not today...I hope.

With the boys all set up and hooked on we took off for Pinchgut!

Wasn't the sunniest of days but we were too busy enjoying our first kayak trip to care.

 I gotta say it was a long 7.5 km towing a loaded RG haha.

 We stopped for a quick snack just at the tip of Pinchgut Island.  

I should have stopped and got the boys out for a little was a bit long for them all at once I think.  3 of us we glad to see the beach.

First kayak camp trip half done!

 First thing on the list was to get the beds set up in case of rain.
My buddy Dean had a great idea of letting me borrow his hammock for the boys.
If they are going to start camping might as well start them off with the best ;)

After our hammocks were set up it was past 6 and the boys were getting hungry so I got a fire going and our tenderloin steaks on the grill!  On my last camping trip my buddy Clyde had instant mashed potatoes...I never thought about taking that before so that's what we had with our steaks.

Ocean front property for the night.

After supper the boys wanted to go for a walk up the beach

Lou's a big fan of roasted marshmallows!

Will thought it was taking too long... lol

And no camping trip would be complete without jiffy pop on the fire.

I turn around for 2 minutes to get some more wood for the fire and when I look back....I was stuck with sitting on a log for the next hour or so... looks like I'm in the market for a few more chairs.

The boys were really excited about sleeping in the hammock! :)

As soon as I sat back in my hammock...I hear a crack and my ass hits the ground lol
Looks like I had too many marshmallows...

I got the boys up and re-rigged our hammocks to a larger part of the tree...this one held  up.

I was really surprised at how well the boys did in the hammock.  After a bit of excitement and laughs I put on some music and they passed out.  They slept solid the whole night!

We woke up around 8:30...that's later than I get to sleep at home.
Pancakes for breakfast! 

After breakfast and another walk up the beach we pack up all the gear and headed back to Colinet.

Much nicer day today!

A few small wind waves made the ride back a little more exciting for them.  A few laughs and "go faster dad"... if only the knew lol.

I'm really happy with how our first kayak / camp trip turned out.
We had no real issues, the weather was good, and most of all they had fun!
I asked them when we got back to the car if they would go camping again with me?  I got a "yep" from one and a "when are we going again?" from the other.
Looks like I got a couple of future level 4 kayakers on my hands.... :)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Intro to Kayak Camping

Each year Dean and Hazen do an Intro to Kayak Camping trip open to all club members.  This year Hazen was out of the province and Dean was fighting a shoulder injury and couldn't fully commit to going, so he asked me if I wanted to take over this year.  I had already cancelled a club paddle earlier in the month so I said yes to try to make up for the lost paddle.

I asked Dean, Brian, and Ron for their advice leading up to, and during the trip because this was my first time leading a club paddle.  When I paddle with my regular group we paddle in whatever the conditions are that day.  We haven't hit the point (YET) where we decided to stay home or on the beach.  Its a lot more to think about when your doing this stuff with people you don't regularly paddle with.  The wind was hitting the top end of level 1, but myself, Brian, and Ron thought it would be manageable and we had a back up if the weather got worse.

We all Met at the TCH Irving and headed to Admiral's Beach from there.  
We got the boats loaded and our gear on and took off to Great Colinet Island.

 Crossing over to the Island.

 I saw Gary head closer to shore to play around a few rocks and I just couldn't help myself...I had to follow.

On our way to Mosquito Cove. 

Mosquito Cove!  Very nice little beach!

We got to Mosquito Cove and stopped for a good half hour for some lunch and just to lounge on the beach.

We expected a bit of wind and waves and we got closer to Wild Cove and turning into Wild Cove but we got a bit more than expected.

A good number of the people on this trip were level 1 paddlers, a few new to the sport, but I was amazed at how well they all handled the unexpected conditions!  I think I was more nervous than anyone else....

Anyway we all made it around the point and after dealing with a small bit of surf we were happily on the beach.  Brian stepped up here and made things happen pretty smoothly!

It was time to set up camp and I went to my regular spot where myself and Dean cleared for our hammocks last year.  Once everyone was settled away and relaxed for a while we gathered around the fire and got our suppers going.  I had my fire grilled steak as always!

After supper we went for a little walk up the hill.  I forgot how beautiful this place was.

On top of the hill looking back at camp.

So we get to the top of the hill and this is my favourite part!

Like something out of a movie!  You really appreciate our province once you get out and explore a bit!

 The tenters...they don't know what they're missing dean.

Although Tony wasn't on this trip Abigale did a good job filling his shoes with a Rostenburg Special.

 Drinks, Junk Food, and Laughs by the fire!

Here's a shot I took of most of the group.  Jenn and Barb came up as we were walking back.

We had an excellent trip with great company!  Its fair to say that we might have slightly stepped above level 1 conditions at points along the way, but the group handled it like champions!
Thanks guys I can't wait to go again next year!
And thanks to Brian and Ron for the help and advice!