|The HMKTV, delivering the LS-PMTPs to the launch site.|
The tide at the Degnen Bay launch was at its lowest which meant we could drive the High Mobility Kayak Transport Vehicle (HMKTV) with the Lightweight Self-Propelled Marine Transport Platforms (LS-PMTP) onto what had been, just an hour or so before, sea floor. Joan and I need to learn more about the various types of seaweed as some of it is very edible...and highly nutritious.
|The lush "carpet" looks good enough to eat!|
|Degnen Bay > Gabriola Passage > Flat Top Islands.|
|"Secret" beach at Rogers Reef, in a blink (tidal time), it's gone!|
|Edible? Hmm, not so much?|
After a short break and some trail mix and water, we paddled into Commodore Passage, with Sears Island, Tugboat Island, and Vance Island to our port side and Saturnina, Acorn and Gaviola Islands to the starboard. These are marvellous shores to investigate - a Pacific wonderland of tiny islands and carved sandstone natural sculptures. Leaving the protected lee of these tiny Islands and "mainland" Gabriola, we felt the moderate breeze freshening and the increased rolling of the Salish Sea beneath our hulls. The predicted strong winds had not materialized.
Joan was having equally as much fun!
|We really do need a "hands free" camera, Joan!|
There's always so much to see.
There are seals...
|A resting seal - not as close as this appears!|
|Here's lookin' at you!|
|Aw, no worries, Joan, I'm almost positive it'll get airborne in time. :)|
|At the end of the day, always the need for reflection.|
In his book, Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv coined the term, "nature deficit disorder". It refers to wide-ranging behavioural disorders experienced by children (and adults) who have lost touch with and have even become alienated from nature. The antidote is to come to know and befriend the natural world. Perhaps one of the greatest gifts we parents (and grandparents) could give to our children, and to the planet, would be to read Louv's book...and then nurture such "nature connections".
|East end of Gabriola and 15.18 km route through the Flat Top Islands.|