Published 18 June 2008
Canada , Sport , Travel & Adventure
Tags: Coast Mountains, downtown Vancouver, English Bay, full moon, geese, harbor seal, kayak, kayaking, Kitsalano, Lacarno Beach, moonrise, night, paddling, sea kayaking, Spanish Banks, strawberry moon, Vancouver
We had no camera with us as we slipped onto the water under a cloudless twilight, still pink in the west toward Vancouver Island and intensifying to a midnight blue over the city. The photo above, like the one at the foot of this post, was taken more than an hour after our moonlit paddle had concluded — after the kayaks were carried back to the house and the boats, our gear, and we had been properly showered. Only then did I return to the beach to capture what remained of the drama of the nightscape; and by then its crystalline perfection had melted to a lovely, if less breathtaking softness. The glassy surface of the water had become pocked by the slightest whisper of wind and a gauzy haze obscured the late-rising moon in the east. So you’ll just have to close your eyes and imagine.
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Published 12 May 2008
Canada , Friends , Sport
Tags: California Canoe and Kayak, CCK, English Bay, kayak, kayaking, Kieth Miller, sea kayak, sea kayaking, Tammy Borachevsky, Vancouver
As English Bay neared high tide this morning, Yoo-Mi and I slipped into the water for a two-hour paddle — from our house in West Point Grey to Kits Point and back. We were accompanied by numerous cormorants, several great blue herons, and a curious harbor seal.
It’s nice to be back in Vancouver!
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