Tuesday, May 20, 2008
KNL Retreat at Terra Nova
We just finished our annual retreat this weekend. Kayakers from all over the province made their way to the Splash n Putt to meet, socialize, kayak and learn.
There was something for everyone - Saturday sea kayakers had the choice of a short paddle from Salton's Pond to Minchin Cove or a long paddle around Swale Island.
Thirty six of us decided on the short paddle. We left Salton's Pond where the Park's Marine Interpretation centre is located. The first section of the paddle to the narrows brought us through the Terra Nova Bird Sanctuary. The northern part - Buckley Cove we saved to last, where eagle's had been spotted the previous week. As we paddled we saw a number of immature eagles and a large eagle nest.
We meandered our way to Minchin Cove, which is classified as a primitive campsite by the park and the site of a mill years ago. There are still remnants of the mill around the beach. A wharf made it possible for a local friend to reach the site by a speed boat and surprised us with chile, hot chocolate and a warm fire. Hiking in is possible but this usually takes 5-6 hrs.
Just as we were reaching our take out back at Salton's blue and sun broke out and made for a leisurely relaxed post paddle cleanup.