Sea Kyaking Adventure - West Cracroft Island

Trip Start Jun 27, 2007
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Trip End Aug 31, 2007


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Saturday, July 7, 2007

Wow what a trip! The cabbie took me to the wrong airport in Vancouver, it cost me a small fortune to get around the Island and I hitchiked back to the resort. Nill stress everyone it was a 90 year old lady who offered me the ride and it stays light until 10pm, I would have walked the rest of the way if I needed to. I arrived at Quadra Island on Canada Day and spent the day hiking around a point of the Island called "Rebecca Spit" I had no real plans for this island so I was just taking it as it came. There were fireworks and stuff at the park. There was a huge boat with a helicoptor out on the water and apparently it was Michelle Pfeiffer's boat as she owns land up here.

After a early night I got woken up by the sound of very hung over bikies, whom had a little too much to drink at the Canada Day celebrations. I made my way down to the water taxi and meet Matt (Kiwi guy who is travelling with his girlfriend around the world) one of our guides and Jack the boat captain. I then meet Bill and Jan from Colorado and Brian and Christina a couple from Calgary. The ride to West Cracroft Island was a wicked 2 hours in pretty choppy water, I love boats and was really enjoying all of the waves and bumps. All I can say about the view is that it is amazing! Moutains, trees, beaches (all very rocky not like our sandy beaches back home) the only sad part about it was that there is a lot of logging going on so there are a lot of patches on the islands were there are no trees.

We arrvied to Orca Base Camp and meet our other guide John (a local guy from Ottawa). So the seven of us in the rain moved all of our gear and then had a orientation and then straight onto the water. Then it was dinner and bed. The camp site was amazing we had a shower (not a great one but a shower) a kitchen with BBQ and great Tents. I got a 4 person tent all to myself! The hill up to our tents was a huge work out and walking to the bathroom in the middle of the night was not fun, it took about 5 min. Siti and Dan that head lamp was a life saver!

The first day may have rained but the rest of the weather was just amazing. We went hiking up to a Orca Research facility which was a challenging walk through rain forest. We went exploring a large cove called Growler Cove, island hoping through the Sophias checking out the marine life in the shallows and river otters. We crossed Johnston Strait and averaged 16 kilometres of rowing a day. I was the only guest in a single kyak and I was told I was a trooper by the guides for my ability to just keep rowing. 10 knots may not seem like a lot of wind when you are in a boat but dam when you are in a Kyak it is a lot.

We had three local Ravens, Edgar, Alan and Poe and Charlie the local Harbour seal and a family of Harliquin Ducks every night keep us company. We even had a visit from a river otter on our beach. Every night we ate dinner out on the beach and watched the sun set. I made the biggest camp fire which everyone just kept adding wood onto and we had smores and played some pretty silly games. I educated everyone about their star signs and what they might say about thier personalities.

The fourth day we hiked up to a waterfall which was a really techincal hike, very steep and slippery but so worth it. No one got hurt at all, just a few slidy moments, I am very glad I bought these shoes.

The last day we went out onto the water early and then packed. We ended up waiting for 4 hours for the boat cause it broke down on the way to get us, but John made pancakes and we made up games on the beach. I got back into the hotel and man was it ever good to have a shower and wash my hair.

The trip was so much fun, I got toally sunburt (being a Ozzie you would think I would know better!) and on my lips which really hurts but it is my own stupid fault. I head back to Vancouver today. So Sea Kyaking, I really recommend it.
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siti
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howdy
glad the headlamp came in useful.... sounds like your kayaking trip was awesome! I wish we had all that wildlife in the river... lol. Only thing going to keep you company camping along the swan are jellyfish! lol.... oh you been saving any horses yet :-)

kenandsheena
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Hallo Ashley
GLAD TOO HEAR THINGS ARE GOING WELL WE ALL ARE MISSING YOU 'KEEP AWAY FROM THOSE BEARS; TRY TO GET THE CREAM TEA WHEN BACK IN TOWN THE BIG HOTEL DOWN TOWN HAS THEM LOOK LEFT NOT RIGHT IN BUSY STREETS AYE LOTS OF LOVE DAD

adawn
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Re: howdy
You are so bad, no I have not saved any horses yet, nor do I have any plans on.

Hope you and Dan are both wonderful., I miss you guys!

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