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Day 1: Landers Bay
This was a good opportunity for us to hone our minimal navigational skills. With chart bungeed on the front deck and compass on the bow, we found our way to Landers Bay, just a mile or two NE of camp. Paddled under a bridge between the river and bay. Lily pads in bloom and rocky cliffs peeking out of heavy forest were highlights.
Now late afternoon, winds picked up with whitecaps on the river. Navigating the shallow passage from bay to river without getting swept onto rocks was a challenge! The :30 paddle down became a 1:30 hr strenuous paddle back.
Lesson 1: Paddle early and check the weather reports often
Lesson 2: Use the blasted compass rather than try to line-of-site it. We fought our way to the wrong island (blush)
Gordon Island is a National Park with very nice campsites and the coolest ramp for landing safely close to rocky shores. We walked around the island, had lunch, and just generally relaxed. By mid-afternoon, winds picked up and the water was a mess. Paddling back with "following seas" was not fun, but we made it.
Day 3: Sugar Island.
We had planned to paddle to and spend a couple nights on ACA's Sugar Island. Under normal conditions, we would have packed our camping gear into the kayaks and paddled the 2.5 miles there. With rain predicted and 20-30MPH winds, we decided to pass. Maybe next time.
This is such a beautiful area, and an awesome place to paddle. Weather is a factor to seriously consider as conditions can change quickly and drastically.
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