Well, my dears, today is the sort of day I wouldn't trade for a visit with the Queen. And to think I got to do both this week. I must be under a special star!
The Sweet Patootie and I planned to go canoeing this morning a few days ago. We knew that on Canada Day the waters would be too full of yahoos partying hard. And yesterday we wanted to putter on our various projects.
So, we woke up nice and early and packed a lunch from things we'd bought late last evening. We boiled up water and put it in a thermos for we like to make coffee on an island somewhere. It always tastes specially good. SP put the canoe on the truck (do you remember Mr. Canoe Head?) and in we jumped and went down the hill to the marina. We popped that baby in the water and off we went. Our first trip of the year. The water was 'right some cam you' and we thought we'd take a visit to all our favorite spots. I'll show you photos of the whole trip with this disclaimer - I won't take my good camera on the canoe until I get a sea-proof bag for it so the pics were taken with SP's point & shoot - nuff said.
First up was the wrecks. The wrecks are a couple of big fishing barges that have been disolving into the ocean for about 35 years now. Every year they look a bit different...
After visiting the wrecks we were on our way to Hern Island - on the way there I took this picture of Prospect Village.
then we rounded the bend to see if the beach was full of boats and people and if it was we'd just keep going.
But it wasn't. It was completely empty. We thought we'd entered a parallel universe. A better universe.
here is a bit of the beach...
we pulled up the canoe and had the first part of our picnic - pita bread with chicken slices and goat cheese
then we walked to the high part of the island.
SP was sitting pretty and I was taking his picture when all of a sudden we both
heard a noise. A noise we love. It is a big exhale - PUUH - and then we saw the best thing ever! Yes, better than the Queen.
now, I took a lot of photos from a long distance away but I'm only going to share a couple because they just don't do it justice.
We watched her fish by herding in a circle and then making this big tada! I'm going to show you the weird bubble thing she'd do when she had them all herded - here it is -
then we went back down the hill to the beach and got our stuff in the canoe - yep, we were going out to where she was. There was a sailboat under motor doing the same thing from the other side so we knew she'd probably go -they like canoes though -we look like fish too big to eat to her. It was thrilling to be in the centre of her circle but the sailboat freaked her out and she left...
isn't this so nice?
Then it was off to Rogue's Roost for the other part of our picnic. RR is a hidden little cove. There were a few sailboats mugged up in there but we went to our best spot and SP brewed up a pot of coffee...
then we went off again to Bone Beach