|Blissfully forgetting that we were late by a full hour!|
|Not really apparent in the pic, |
but the Gabriola Passage current can be like a rushing river!
Landing on the sandstone shore of the tiny island, the geocache was indicated to be just 40 metres away.
|The kayaks patiently wait...while we search.|
Speaking of dry suits, it was a warm day, with the temperature in the low twenties. We didn't feel overdressed, however, especially when a brisk north-westerly came up later, on the way home. The sea temperature is still pretty chilly and we'd planned to practice some wet exits and self-rescues while on the water - an activity that's always refreshing!
It didn't take too long to discover the geocache and, really, it was an interesting opportunity that we would have missed had we stuck to Plan A. Sure, we all miss opportunities - but the thing is, there are always others waiting.
|The "cache" was a little tricky...great hide!|
We thought the sandstone beach between Mudge and Link Islands would make a nice place for lunch and so set of in that direction.
The water, flowing through the opening, was crystal clear with tiny fish swimming and a variety of marine life scurrying over the sea floor.
Every time we're on the water, there are lessons learned. - and some don't even require getting wet! Today, it was a reminder that even though opportunities in life are sometimes missed, there are choices in the way we respond. We can grumble and moan. (I've done that on occasion!) Or, we can move forward and happily discover that there are countless other opportunities that hold both interest and challenge...all around us.
|Heading to DeCourcy and Link Islands.|
It was, indeed, a very special spot to peel down the suits, have a little lunch, and take in the beauty that was evident in every direction.
|On the beach.|
Mudge Island (l), and Gabriola, across the water.
Just a short distance away, the "hole in the wall", a small opening in-between Link and DeCourcy Islands, invites exploration.
|"Hole in the wall" between Link and DeCourcy Islands.|
|Clear Pacific waters.|
The view, looking over at the mountains of Vancouver Island, was simply stunning.
|Vancouver Island from the "Hole in the Wall"|
We didn't get to the Flat Tops but we found an interesting "treasure" on a tiny islet and had a good day on the water...albeit in a completely different direction from what we had planned.
Being open to all the possibilities and opportunities in life rarely disappoints.