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Battle the Wind to Beat the Bore…

On June 10th Brian (the husband) and our friend Dave participated in a kayak race called Paddle to the Sea sponsored by the Trail Shop.  Starting point was at the ball fields in Shubenacadie and the finish line was at the dock in Maitland near Shubenacadie River Runners.

This was the first year (this was the 23rd year) that they had this many participants anywhere from 95-110 boats; and the majority of the people I believe were recreational paddlers; it was advertised as a 3 1/2 hr race I would say the majority of the people took 5 hrs  or more (there was people still coming in when the bore arrived)…it would be a long haul for sure.  When the boaters first arrived in the sights of the finish area they looked like ants for the longest time till they got near the shore.

Brian and Dave started in the water around 10:25 am; Brian finished at 3:22 pm and Dave finished at 3:27pm; tidal bore arrived in around 3:33 pm. The people who finished first place finished the race at 3 hrs and 4 minutes…they were canoeing like a well oiled machine.

Despite being that long in the Kayak I think they had  a great time…but have sore butts from sitting so long and sore arms from paddling against the wind.

I love this shot Brian took out on the water

Brian and I finished the night off with a burger and a dip in the hot tub with some PharmaSpa tiger balm aromatherapy to sooth the aching muscles.

For more pictures you can see my album here

Kayaking – Todd’s Island

My Husband and I took a very early outing to Todd’s Island Rd in St. Margaret’s Bay…he woke me at 5 am on a Sunday morning…I was not a happy camper needless to say.  He had packed up the car the night before so it wasn’t like I didn’t know we were going…but it was Sunday at 5am…5am…

He made us a smoothie and we hit the road…it was only a 20 minute drive to our spot, and when we got there the tide was out so the marsh area was a bit stinky…we trudged down to the water line and was on our way…it was very beautiful and peaceful there was no people, no road traffic.

We saw some wildlife on our almost 2 hour outing; there were deer on the shoreline coming up to drink some water, kingfishers diving in the water, bald eagles flying over head looking for some breakfast, and to top it off there was two loons near the area where we got out.  They ran along the water to lift off and had the most beautiful sounding wing flapping…I was in shock they were so close to us…just beautiful.

Oh and I was really brave; I took my D90 out in the kayak with no waterproof housing…I was very nervous…we need to get a pelican case or housing (which is about 2 grand…so wont be happening anytime  soon).

Have a good one!

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