Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Where it all began

The place: Cape Broyle, Newfoundland
The year: yesteryear.....ok, it wasn't that long ago, Summer 2002

Over the weekend I came across these pictures of our first time kayaking. We did a tour with Stan Cook Sea Kayak Tours in Cape Broyle, and oh yes, we were hooked. Every year after that we vowed to buy our own kayaks and have our own adventures, and in the summer of 2005 we finally made that dream come true, and we haven't looked back since.

Unfortunately, given the latest weather trends here in the tropical north Atlantic, summer paddling seems as far away as ever. Snow, freezing rain and wind are all we see in the forecast, with no end in sight. During these times, its fun to look back on old pictures and think about how it all started. I think I was about 20lbs lighter back then, and Angie about 20lbs heavier :-)

Rock Over London, Rock on Chicago

Monday, March 16, 2009

New Paddle

For Christmas I got a new paddle, the Werner "Corryvrecken". I've only got to try it out once so far, and that was in the pool, so I couldn't get a real feel of how its going to be for touring, but I must say, it feels awesome so far. My previous paddle was the one that came with my kayak, a 230cm aluminum shaft/plastic blade made by Aquabound. So to make this switch to a 220 cm carbon fibre, bent shaft Werner is quite the step up for me and its easy to feel the difference.

Maybe I'll get to use it soon, so I'll keep my fingers crossed and keep waiting for spring. I think its just around the corner.........

Rock over London, Rock on Chicago

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ponds Still Frozen........

No problem, we'll just have to use the water in other ways and go skating.

While I'm itching to throw my kayak in the water and do a lap around Little Goose Pond (about 4kms), every evening when I get home from work I find that its still frozen. So yesterday evening it was time to dust off the old skates and do the Canadian thing and go skating.

Hopefully I'll be adding posts about paddling here again soon!

Rock over London, Rock on Chicago