Me and my cousin were fishing near my cabin in Northeast Arm and he caught this monster on a handline.
Biggest cod I've ever seen pulled aboard a boat.
After long last, we finally got our new kayaks. They arrived on Thursday night from Eastern Outdoors in New Brunswick. We have been talking about getting new boats for years, and we have always loved Rockpool boats since we first saw Rene's from Kayak Venice. Not being able to travel due to COVID, we figured it was a good time to take the plunge.
|Just like Christmas!|
|Rockpool Back ETO and ISEL|
We were over the moon when we opened them up. Wow! So beautiful!
I got out on the water yesterday for the maiden voyage. Angie had to work so hers has yet to touch the salt water...that will be very soon.
Its taken me way to long to put this out there. But better late than never right?
With NL going into another lockdown after an outbreak of COVID-19, I figured I have some time on my hands to finally put this trip report out there.
Myself, Rob Scott and Robert Bertolo kayaked the 'Ionian Ring' in Greece back in June 8-17 2019.
|Ionian Islands are in western Greece, about an 8 hr drive from Athens|
The beach is a very popular spot for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. You can even rent beach chairs and buy cold beer from a couple guys that have a hut set up. Once the sun started to go down, the beach cleared out of people.
The next morning we were up early for coffee and breakfast and hit the water nice and early to start exploring.
|Robbie making coffee|
|Our route for the day|
|Ithaca off in the distance, home of Odysseus|
|Our first break for the morning, for second coffee and some snorkeling|
|Heading into Sivota for lunch|
|It was quickly becoming apparent that this was going to be a different trip for food consumption. With all these villages and Tavernas around, no need to eat MREs. We were probably gonna gain weight on this trip!|
|You have to duck to get in there. Be very mind of the wake of ferries, which can come from nowhere|
|The cave is huge inside and expands into several chambers. I really wish I had my headlamp on|
|The only way to really see anything is from the flash of the camera|
|Heading north between Lefkada and Maganisi Island|
|Nice beach for expresso/pee break|
|So many amazing caves to explore|
|Nice breeze at our backs as we headed to Thilia Island. We planned to camp there for the night|
|Small abandoned church on the high point of the island|
We settled on this courtyard in front of a small church. George told us that was an option as well.
|One problem, there were goats everywhere!|
We didn't realize that the 3kms was mostly a switchbacked road that headed over the mountain and across to the other side of the island. We were absolutely beat by the time we got there, but it was worth it!
|Shot from Google Earth showing the road from the church to Spartochori|
|A beautiful village (image taken from Google)|
|As much as I hated the walk, it was worth it!|
|The usual coffee and oatmeal for breakfast|
|Slightly longer day today, with a 6km crossing|
|Another flat calm morning|
|There is a nice beach inside|
|6km crossing between Maganisi and Kalamos. Great conditions, and very little boat traffic.|
|Great spot for a break and some snorkeling|
|Approaching Kalamos Village|
|We camped on this beach, just on the other side of the village|
|I learned from Mike that you can buy 2L of water that is frozen.What a gamechanger! I could put in my cockpit for AC and have ice cold water to drink for the entire day|
|Today we'd head south to explore Kastos and we planned to return back to Kalamos to camp again that night|
|The eastern side of Kastos has some amazing geology|
|Seal Cave, the longest cave we saw|
|Entering Kastos harbour|
|Making our way back. Lots of sailboats in the area|
|This is why you always bring spare paddles. Robbie's broke off just as we were getting to the beach|
|What a spot for a paddling break|
|Spoiled rotten on this trip!|
|On the eastern side of Katmos, the geology changed again|
|We found a dandy beach to camp on on the eastern most part of the island|
|Our only night of MREs, but a nice bottle of Ouzo to go with it|
|What these trips are all about|
|Up early in the morning of June 14 to listen to a live stream of the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA championship. Go Raptors!!!!|
|Today would be our longest day, with a 9 km crossing|
|Well, it looks like I had nothing to worry about|
|Next stop Maganisi|
|We made it across in a little less than 2 hrs|
|This side had a lot more 'fingers' of land poking out. We were looking for a Taverna, but weren't having much luck, there was a lot of private land, and a lot of boat traffic|
|We finally found one that was pretty darn close to a beach|
|Trying to figure out where to camp over a beer|
|Skorpios Island, once owned by Aristotle Onassis, one of the worlds most famous private islands. We didn't bother to paddle around it|
|Approaching Spartochori from the water this time|
|You can see our boats on the beach below, and Skorpios Island in the distance|
|Such a cool little village|
|Of course we had to stop into the Bat Cave again|
|Second coffee and a snorkel|
|Our second visit to Sivota|
|We are a bit more haggard looking than our first visit to this town, haha|
|Passing by houses in Sivota|
|Thats me in the distance. At this point I was feeling a bit delirious with heat stroke, so I was paddling as fast as I could to get to the beach and get in the water water to cool down. Robbie took this pic as I motored away from them|
|Busy beach today, with several tour boats showing up|
|By sundown we had the place to ourselves again|
|Last morning of our trip. Its only a 30 minute paddle back to Vasiliki.|
|Another one in the books!|
Back in Athens, we stayed at a hotel called "Acropolis View Hotel". They weren't kidding. There is a bar on the roof of the hotel, so we went up for a few drinks on our last night before flying home in the morning.
Stay safe everyone