-- Last Updated: Sep-17-13 7:32 PM EST --
Today I ventured against a fairly strong predicted max flood, in an area where I'd tested the waters at slower speeds. There are a few eddies to help, but overall it was a little slower going out and faster returning--no surprise.
On the fast-moving return, a new tidbit greeted me. I was paddling between virtual "streets" of bull kelp, streamers all perfectly aligned with the current. That wasn't the surprise. To my great delight, as I passed between each set of parallel "street edges", I shot through with a sudden burst of speed, without extra effort. The effect took me by such surprise that I next stopped paddling altogether as I approached another set of "streets". The constricted flow simply shoved me through anyway, nice and straight.
Then another strange thing happened a few minutes later (strange to me, anyway), right around the time of predicted max flood. I stopped paddling to look around and see what the water was doing, because I had just passed through an area with strange circles of glassy water adjacent to swirls that would try to veer the boat off at an angle. I wanted to see what other things might be going on. What I perceived was a clearly-defined "river" of bull kelp being propelled against the flood's direction. Probably was moving at about 4 knots, definitely visible.
Then it dawned on me that maybe *I* was being propelled with the flood and the kelp was stationary. Like looking down from a bridge at a fast-flowing river and thinking YOU are moving along on a big boat. I had to look at the shore to determine it was indeed the kelp being shot along on a countercurrent. Pretty cool seeing the different streams of kelp, one moving with the flood and one going against it.
Being easily amused by nature's funhouse sure beats paying to be passively entertained!
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Posted by: gingernc on Sep-17-13 7:36 PM (EST)
about being well-entertained by nature. It's a wonderful thing to be so easily captivated.
very cool ...|
Posted by: seadart on Sep-18-13 12:50 AM (EST)
Where is this spot?
Posted by: pikabike on Sep-18-13 1:37 AM (EST)
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Sep-18-13 1:30 PM (EST)
that is cool|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Sep-18-13 2:21 PM (EST)
See any fish in those channels?