Monday, July 04, 2022

Release Date 6/30/2022

 

Paddle North along the Lombok coast from Senggigi. I have been keeping my boat at Scuba Froggy’s dive shop. This is my second paddle since we got back to Lombok, I didn’t get around to releasing a bottle on the first paddle.

See details on the Strava post of this paddle, and the earlier paddle

There was a 10kt wind from the Southwest that increased to at least 15kts by the time I turned around.  It made for a long slow slog on the return trip, but I felt like superman on the way down.

This boat is ok, but it’s a not fast and the bulkheads and hatches leak. You get what you paid  for, and this was definitely a bargain. I did manage to roll it a few times and did a paddlefloat rescue on the previous trip, but it isn’t easy to get it to turn over.  

The northbound paddle is so much prettier I kind of only want to go this way in the future.

There are some rocks that might be fun to play on in the surf, but I don’t feel good about going into them in the surf on my own. There was one cool arch that I paddled through because it was deep and mellow even on breaking waves. 

I found a cool pocket beach for lunch, that was only accessible by the water, I’m sure I will be back there. The surf was dumping on the rocky beach, so as long as I didn’t go in or out on a big set it was fine.








I scouted out what looks like a cool place for freediving, and maybe even scuba. We want to come back by the land. Its a rocky point, but just a few hundred meters swim if I walk down the beach to the end.

Truth: Its good to keep in touch. 

Tuesday, February 01, 2022

Release Date 1/29/2022

 I was Hunting in the Lower Suwanee national wildlife refuge.


We didnt catch any hogs, but some other hunters in the area who arrived earlier did get some.









It was a cold and windy day on the Saturday. Things warmed-up and the wind died off on Sunday.

I found the old hog skull that we buried here a number of years ago. It looks very scary and weird because it became infused with roots from trees. After about 10 minutes under the hose I was able to get it back to where i could tell what it was.

On the second day some other hunters sabotaged the airboat changing the spark plug wires around and it was looking a little dicey trying to go home in the dark. The boat kept backfiring flames out of the exhaust pipe. We figured it out and corrected it with no damage done, but WTF its public land no need to trash somebody's boat.

Truth: Old memories get confused. 

Friday, January 21, 2022

Release Date 1/20/2022

First Bottle of the New Year


I have been paddling a bit, but was too lazy to post all of them here. 

I went out to Durney Key to test out my Flat Earth Kayak Sail. I finally got the rigging right and the sail worked pretty well. Im looking forward to trying it in a heavier wind. It was only about 5 to 10 knots. I definitely pushes the boat in this wind. If I dont paddle at all its about 2 knots if I paddle as well it really moved. 

The sail seemed to allow sailing at 45 degrees maybe a bit more on either side of the wind. And if the day was right it would make a huge difference the amount of distance and effort. 

We built some rat traps to try and reduce the rat infestation of the island, but the rats outsmarted us and took almost all the bait without catching any of them. I will upload the game camera footage if I get some good shots.





Truth: Rats are smart

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Release Date 11/19/2021

I was paddling from Todos Santos island off of Ensenada back to the mainland. 




See the  Strava track.  

It was a beautiful day with low swell and a great way to end our week of paddling   


We took a ride out to the island in a motorboat  

We got to visit the lighthouse and play with the lighthouse doggie.  


On the paddle back we explored some caves I had never been in on previous trips because of big swell


This was the last day of another great week of paddling in Baja. The swell was lower than it had been in previous trips, but we still found challenging conditions and we all capsized a few times.   


Truth: decisiveness can be hard to come by.  












Monday, August 30, 2021

Release Date 8/29/2021



 I did a long one way panel from French river to Malpaque on the PEI coast



It was a very windy yesterday and I took this picture from the land. NOT suitable for solo paddling



 I stoped for a tasty lunch of PEI bluefin tuna scraps from a tail of a 375 pounder that a friend gave us and local string beans   



A saw a single seal and lots of beach goers but only one pleasure boat, the heavy winds from the previous day kept everyone home

Strava Track shows details.


There are some really cool rock formations on this section   This rock is surrounded by water on all sides



I was able to photograph one of the last lighthouse is on my list there is no way to get to it from the land because it’s on private property 


Truth: leftovers can be good  


Friday, August 27, 2021

Release Date 8/26/2021

A hot sunny and very windy paddle from Darnley out past the Cabot park and into Malpaque Bay. 


See it on Strava:

https://www.strava.com/activities/5858748466


I struggled with low water in the Darnley river and don’t think I will launch from here again. I was picking my way across, and had to paddle with a very low angle for a while. I launched right at low tide, so it was a bit easier when I came back.  

I saw a huge variety of coastline but my favorite is always the cliffs.  






this is a confusing picture but its looking UP a steep weed encrusted bank I'm dragging the boat back up the hill.


Truth: everything alive needs water. 

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Release Date 8/18/2021

 I had a very leisurely paddle down the PEI coast almost made it to cousins shore beach.  


The wind was from the shore so it was very calm and I was able to paddle into some sea caves

I was able to paddle into some sea caves


I found a great fishing buoy on a deserted beach and took it home as a souvenir



Truth: you have to be flexible 

Update, see the comments this bottle was found a week and a half later and it traveled over 100KM. East Point is just at the end of the island, if it had gone any further it would have left the province.