Fall Misery Trip

Wednesday, 18 October 2006

Well, Sean and I survived our kayaking trip this past weekend. We originally planned to go north to Tobermory, Ontario but as we were watching the weather during the week leading up to the trip, a huge storm came in. There is a fantastic website out there called Weather Underground. They do a great job displaying weather. See the graphic to the right. It displays wind speed, barometer, water temperature and wave height in a stacked graphic. The best part about it is that you can easily see the relationship between the four factors. Very cool.

Alright, back to our story. As you can see by the clip the wave height for the Northen Lake Huron buoy peaked that day at 3.9 meters (12.8 feet). A touch big for our liking so we decided to head to the eastern Georgian Bay and put in at Snug Harbour just north of Parry Sounds, Ontario. The waves over there were only peaking at 1.5 meters so it was a little bit more manageable.

We went out for Saturday night giving us two solid days of paddling. For those who know the area, we paddled out to Franklen Island and set up shop in a nice sheltered area as the wind was blowing consistently at 30 knots and gusting up to 40 all day.

We jumped back on the water and decided to play around the savage rocks on the southern tip of Franklen. The savage rocks is a large area of shoals where the swells rise up and crash. There was some great surf and lots of really fun rockhopping.

Weather was interesting. Lots of hail, lots of rain and lots of sleet.

Don't have a clue where I am talking about? You can download a mini tour of Franklen Island for Google Earth. Get it kmz here.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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