This paddle trip was one very fine season opener.
I took a GoPro and a 5D - with only camera audio. It was a rough and tumble trip, really a shake down and we couldn't have asked for better weather although it was cold at times, mostly when we were wet too.
We departed from the community of Lund on April 8th. We didn't have a plan except to paddle an hour (at most) to our first camp on the southern tip of the Copeland Islands. It took 2 hours to pack the boats - it was the first trip of the season and packing a kayak takes some time and patience if you want to also bring a camera package with you ; )
It was an excellent and relaxing first camp but we were ready to paddle. The next day we paddled through Desolation Sound, it was beautiful weather. We saw the familiar Porpoise's slowly coming up for air, then diving in smalls groups. We paddled to West Rodonda Island where we camped on a little islet off Refuge Cove. Here Bernard found some much needed pine tar off a downed tree we had secured our boats too. It's the best fire starter ever, as nature intended it to be. Now we keep a healthy chunk in our camp kit for other trips.
After packing up this camp we paddled to Squirrel Cove for a short visit and then continued up Lewis Channel stopping mid way to re-fill our water supply before seeking out the next camp. We found an easy access pebble beach on the shore of West Rodonda Island.
It was a cold and early start the next morning. We rounded the northern tip of Cortez reaching a lovely camp on the spit of Marina Island. Beautiful sunshine filled our last two days on the water as we paddled around the southern tip of Cortez. A rest stop on Herando Island then we crossed the Strait of Georgia returning to our first camp on the Copelands. Oyster galore here! In the morning we paddled a half hour to Lund and enjoyed an excellent breakfast at the Nancy's Bakery. Stellar trip : )
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