2010 Season's End

posted Nov 21, 2010, 7:32 AM by Richard Sevenich   [ updated Nov 21, 2010, 8:16 AM ]

Away from the coast, our kayak season ends for winter, except for those intent on setting personal records for dedication. Here, it is Sunday November 21 with Tuesday's overnight low predicted to be -22 Celsius - without including the expected wind chill. That's abnormally cold for us. In fact, on a warm sunny day, one could still venture out on the water (if clear of ice). Personally, I like to move on to the winter sports season. Our ski area (Schweitzer) will open soon, but there is already enough coverage for some careful randonée skiing for the overly frenzied. So, October 20 was my last kayak day until 2011 - March or April, I suppose. Then ski season will be waning and kayaking enthusiasm building. I am hoping to attend the Ladysmith Paddlefest in May, and maybe SSTIKS again in June.

That last kayak day trip in October was a sunny, calm day with temperature around 10 Celsius. I saw cormorants, various grebes (mostly western grebes), coots, a few buffleheads, various unfamiliar and familiar ducks, and the omnipresent Canadian geese. As you can see from the photo, fall was starting to show off its colors.

This time of year there are so many waterfowl passing through that even a careful paddler cannot avoid startling them. The start of hunting season also makes them nervous, I suspect. Here they go: