|Octopus Point and low clouds over Saltspring Island.|
Anyway, following breakfast on this particular day, we loaded up the paddling gear, strapped the kayaks to the top of the High Mobility Kayak Transport Vehicle ("civilian" eyes could be forgiven for mistaking the HMKTV for a for a silver Subaru - everyone does), got into our dry suits...and THEN...checked the weather.
(OK folks, so this wasn't the first time we've paddled - it just sounds like it. The usual (and recommended) order of items on the checklist, prior to a launch, BEGINS with checking the weather. Sure, have the porridge first, but everything else normally follows.)
We were good to go. Unfortunately, however, we learned that so were the 80 kph winds that were forecast to blow into our area around or before the noon hour. Environment Canada was issuing warnings for "potentially damaging winds" and heavy rainfall.
OK. Now what?
Well, if we launch right away we could get two or three hours on the water - so long as the incoming weather doesn't arrive early. Hmm. The plan was to cross over to Saltspring and paddle up to Vesuvius, have lunch on the beach there and then cross back in the afternoon. That meant there was, of course, the potential for getting caught by the incoming winds and being "marooned" on Saltspring Island? That didn't actually sound so bad except that the marine pub at Vesuvius has been closed for years now! And besides, I had a work-related commitment in the evening. Sure, we could always hitch a ride on the ferry and get back to Crofton on Vancouver Island - but then one of us would have to thumb a ride back to the launch spot to get the HMKTV. People would talk.
After reviewing a number of scenarios, we elected not to go. Disappointed? Yes. But there would be another time.
|Entering Sansum Narrows - the mist made it even more magical.|
|Heading back into Maple Bay, and home.|
So there you have it: eat porridge, check marine weather, load gear and boats...launch. That's the right order. :)
Additional note, Jan 08: Acting on a tip from Paula, just to the south of us at Kayak Yak, we added a little cinnamon and some walnuts to this morning's porridge - nice! We'll add some raisons tomorrow. Any other tips for a "paddlin' porridge" recipe?