Sunday, 09 September 2012 09:32
It is hurricane season now in the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricanes and large storms can cause high winds and giant waves that make it unsafe for us to paddle. When a storm comes we usually find a safe place on shore to camp and wait for the storm to pass. However, a few months ago we purchases wheeled carts that we can use to wheel our kayaks along the road. This summer we used to carts to transport our kayaks around dams on the Ottawa River. Yesterday it was very windy so we loaded our kayaks on to the carts and walked about 8 miles down a road that followed the coast to a protected bay where we could paddle a few more miles. It was hard and slow going. When we pull the carts we average 2 miles an hour. When we are paddling our kayaks we average between 3 and 4 miles per hour and can travel about 30 miles in a day. With the carts we can travel about 15 miles.
Yesterday we met some interesting people along the road. Most people have never seen people pulling kayaks along the road and so people often stop and ask us what we are doing. We also paddle through an estuary. An estuary is a partially enclosed coastal body of water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it, and with a connection to the ocean. We saw several interesting habitats in the estuary including mud flats and salt marshes, and a lot of birds. However, pulling the carts is tiring.
When the weather gets bad what should we do? Should we wait on shore and rest, or should we use our carts to travel along shore?blog comments powered by Disqus