Saturday, October 5, 2013

Time flies

I would not have guessed a small glitch in the blogging process would have thrown me off publishing reviews and commentary. Lots has happened over the year. The biggest event for the organization was our switch from club status to affiliation with Paddle Canada. So while we periodically end up on our own, we have grown to include paddlers of all types. Although we have yet to see any SUPs make it to this beach in Cape Broyle.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Practice in St.Philip's

What a great nigtht for a practice session

Taking the paddle board out on Conception Bay

St.Philips is the place to go on Thursday nights for a workout, practicing rescues,  and strokes. Fifteen minute drive and we are on the water. You can't do much better than that - plus we were not alone: swimmers on the beach, boaters, divers were below and many were trying their luck fishing.
It was a busy spot.

KNL Safety Day

Large crowds gathered all day to try kayaks

Watch demos and view safety displays

Craig giving a potential KNL member a tour

Sean placed 1st in kayak sprint and takes a victory lap

Greenland kayaking style prevails
 Organizers for the annual KNL Safety Day had a great day to showcase kayaking, canoeing, boating and sailing on Octagon Pond in Paradise.

Father's Day Paddle

Preparing to launch

Part of a group of 25

Eugene heading into the waterfall

Breaking for lunch

the Father's Day paddle is another KNL tradition. Moderate winds but a brilliant day and we all had a great lunch on the beach. Minimal swell to keep thngs interesting. Then we joined all the Cape Broyle locals for a Father's Day coffee afterward at the Riverside Restaurant. 

Terra Nova

Alternative to Sandy Pond

The winds were high but the location was perfect

Serge led the group through a bracing clinic

Sunday paddle left from the Marine Interpretation centre

The water was cold enough to wear mitts

Sandy takes a moment during lunch to explain the intricacies involved
in preparing a sea urchin for sushi snack on the water

I have been slow to get my slides all organized plus some error has occurred on my laptop preventing me from submitting blogentries.
I may have forgotten some key elements from the KNLretreat which is a May long weekend tradition.  I do remember being slow to take off on Friday and not arriving until later Friday night but in enough time to enjoy the gourmet preparations made by Cyril. Thanks to Outfitters for sponsoring the social as just one of the ways they contribute to the event.
For the first time ever as far as I can recall we could not paddle on Sandy Pond for the clinic sessions. So while retreat organizers scouted scouted for a suitable alternative we worked with Neil and Peter on Wilderness Safety and Packing your Kayak for Camping.
After lunch we headed to a beach near Burnside and carried on with clinics on the water. Serge's bracing session was great but whenever we stopped to listen we drifted as a pod a considerable distance with the wind and had to keep making adjustments in our position - a minor inconvenience.
Sunday was left for a day trip - two groups of 20-30 each enjoyed exploring the area around the Marine Interopretation centre.
Monday morning we wrapped up with a traditional breakfast served up by the board and sponsored by Arthur Janes.
Always a great time - and great motivation to start the paddling season in earnest.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Road to Nowhere

Typically all the road signs look like this one - at the four corners. The Road to Nowhere has become so popular that the road sign is impossible to keep up. The urban myth is that collectors of travel memorabilia keep taking them down. This has made the Road to Nowhere harder to find, to the point that you start to wonder if you are on the legitimate Road to Nowhere or whether you are indeed - nowhere. I eventually confirmed the RTN through the knowledge of a local taxi driver. Taxis by the way charge a $6.00 flat rate per person, regardless if you are going to Northmart, Apex or Nowhere.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Toonik Thyme

I am fortunate to be here at the same time as Toonik Tyme. This is a spring festival that has been going on every year for more than 40 yrs. Tonight was the opening ceremonies, MCd by local comedian Anguti Johnson(who did the video below) and featured throat singing, dancers, and a range of singers and musicians. There was a special presentation to renowned hunter Solomon Awa. Solomon was named Honary Toonik in recognition for his contribution to the community over the years. The evening wrapped up with a local Iqaluit band called the Jerry Cans. Everyone gets into the spirit of the event to the extent that we all have Friday afternoon off - which will give me a chance to get to the Parish Hall for Caribou stew.