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PostPosted: June 11th, 2009, 1:55 pm 
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Sorry for the short (non-existent) trip report but between work and family no time!

Spent 7 days on the water, cut short 2 days due to 40 km gale approaching. Late spring, winds mixed preventing getting to the exposed outside of the island. Inner inlet touring. Lots of fun, will ocean canoe again.

Here are some photos:
http://picasaweb.google.ca/trowbridge.a.s/HaidaGwaiiLouiseIsland?authkey=Gv1sRgCK7o4vji7YKFeA&feat=directlink

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PostPosted: June 11th, 2009, 7:50 pm 
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Thanks for the pics! Looks awesome.

Was this a guided trip with Roger, or did you just paddle together?


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PostPosted: June 12th, 2009, 9:49 am 
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Half were clients, half were on a Ocean 3/4 canoe course. Rodger is about to get guiding tenure for Gwaii Hannas National Park, and needs assistant guides trained. Looks like he may be offering 3 week trips in the park by canoe!

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PostPosted: June 14th, 2009, 2:14 pm 
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Great photos --- thanks for sharing.

Where was the sandy beach right near the end of the photos?

Looks like it was cloudy quite a bit, but there was some blue sky.

Yeah, there's no way you can fit all that in a kayak! Nice.

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PostPosted: August 16th, 2009, 10:34 pm 
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A few pics from the last five days - spent canoeing there, too.
http://picasaweb.google.com/danbinman/LouiseIsland#


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PostPosted: August 17th, 2009, 12:28 pm 
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How old are your kid (s)? Really looking forward to getting mine out there, at this point only one who is nearly 2.

How far did you guys go?

I was thinking next time when I go with kids of getting a West Moresby Explorers drop at Skenans Bay and day tripping from there.

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PostPosted: August 17th, 2009, 12:33 pm 
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Where was the sandy beach right near the end of the photos?

That last beach was Grey Bay, we got weathered out of paddling and went car camping for a couple of days.

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Looks like it was cloudy quite a bit, but there was some blue sky.


It was a very mixed trip, never terrible and never great. Always those 20-25kn SE/SW forecasts on the horizon to keep you pondering on the suitability of heading towards the outside.

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PostPosted: August 19th, 2009, 12:31 am 
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One kid, Isaac, 21 months old. He loved this trip and really got into the paddling thing this time - such that we spent a full day in the canoe and he still wanted to go out paddling in the evening. We did the base camp thing this time - paddled into and camped at Chadsey Creek and then did day paddles from there - as well as "rest" days in camp. The rest part got lost, somewhere, but the bread turned out perfect and a great times was had by all.


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PostPosted: August 19th, 2009, 5:05 pm 
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Our little guy is not so patient yet. Having his own seat and paddle helped for while but he is not currently interested in a more than an hour at at time.

Base camping rocks!

One other question, how do you arrrange seating with him and the deck? I just made a 3 peice northwater copy figuring we would keep part of the center section open for him.

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PostPosted: August 25th, 2009, 10:40 pm 
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Yeah, even earlier this summer a couple hours paddling was the max. we could go before he got bored. Every trip with him so far has been different.
We haven't quite figured out how to manage the deck. This time we had really flat water so it wasn't a big deal - we had the front of the deck rolled up so the space in front of the Bow paddler was open. We figured we could secure the front down quick enough if we needed too, and then just have him in with the Bow paddler. I'd feel uncomfortable with him being in the center - harder to reach - until he's better able to understand and obey commands. So far it's worked well with him up front - and allow for lots of solo Stern paddling.


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