With a forecast for SW winds blowing 40-70 km/h and 10mm of rain, me and Trent decided it was time for the inland paddle that I was planning all winter. There are a series of ponds that are connected by rivers near my house in Whitbourne, that looked like it might make a nice evening paddle sometime. With the winds as they were, and me being way to wimpy to get out on the ocean in those conditions, we hit the fresh water yesterday evening around 7pm. We planned to start on hodge river as it leads into Beothunes Pond, and end up back at the town council building on Junction Pond, which used to be the old train station. The paddle was about 6kms and took about 1.5 hrs so we got back to the car not too long before dark. Even with the conditions it was a really fun paddle, with 3 short river runs. We saw a few beavers, a bald eagle, and several loons. A highlight was having to jump a beaver damn that blocked the entrance from one pond to another. They are industrious little creatures. It was absolutely pouring rain most of the time so a lot of my pictures came out really blurry, but here are a few that came out ok.
Rock over London, Rock on Chicago
Map from Google Earth of our route
Launching on Hodge River Going down the river Out on Beothunes Pond On another small brook
A beaver lodge The beaver dam, it was about a foot high Narrows between second pond and Junction Pond On Junction Pond, looking at Whitbourne
Trent with the old hospital in the background
Heading toward the car with the wind at our back Another fun paddle! Old CN Train station and train, now the town council building