Esquimalt Lagoon to Alberta Head Lagoon - February 15, 2015

A relaxed paddle had been planned from Esquimalt Lagoon to Millstream.  Seventeen SISKA kayakers assembled, preparing to launch from Esquimalt Lagoon, on a sunny, mild day in mid-Feburary.   

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The wind forecast for the day was for 5-15 knots and from the beach, it appeared that we were experiencing the lower end of that range.  So following a brief beach talk, we launched and headed east towards Millstream. 

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Upon reaching the lighthouse at Rodd Point clouds had rolled in, and rounding the point and into Plumper Bay, the winds picked up towards the upper range of the wind forecast.  A decision was made to paddle instead to Albert Head.

 

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We stopped for lunch at Albert Head Lagoon where we spotted a couple of Mute Swans in the Lagoon.

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The winds decreased during our lunch, which we welcomed as we left Albert Head Lagoon towards Esquimalt Lagoon, glad that we would not have to paddle against the wind all the way back to the launch site.

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Eventually, the clouds cleared and we all enjoyed a sunny paddle back to the launch site.

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 Before landing on the beach, some of the paddlers volunteered to provide a rescue demonstration. 

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Although we didn't make it to Millstream as originally hoped, it was an enjoyable paddle and a great way to spend a sunny, mild Sunday in February.