Welcome to my descriptions, stories, and sometimes out and out lies about my weekend adventures around the North West. Though most of these are about Hiking, I may take you on some other outside adventures. Please leave me comments or suggestions and have fun.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Scappoose Bay – High Water.
Scappoose Bay – High Water.
You know, I have found that it is
important to back to your favorite places during different seasons.
At least if you live in a place that has seasons. Here in the Pacific
Northwest we have a number of factors that play across the landscape.
In the summer we have Sun and Heat and un-ending blue skies. The
flowers bloom, the trees fill with green. The rivers and waterfalls
shrink and sometimes even disappear.
And then in the winter, the leaves fall
and what was once an impenetrably wall of green, is now a vast view
of the mountains. Hey. Way cool. The rain falls, the rivers swell,
the waterfalls shoot from their cliffs. The snow and Ice glisten in
the low sunlight. And it is Fraking cold.
Today I went back to Scappoose bay for
another kayaking outing with 3 of my kayaking friends (1 old and 2
new). We got started a little late, but even so, we had time to
paddle our way up the main channel to the bay and enjoy the maze of
tree's and estuaries that wind through the pluff mud flats. The water
was a few feet higher than in my previous summer and fall posts. High
enough that we could get ourselves into more trouble hitting low
water where once would have been high and dry grass lands. It was
pretty funny. Also very beautiful. The water was calm and mirrored
the local volcanos as well as my friends kayaks.
The birds seems to segregate themselves
into different nesting areas. Last time I played with the eagles.
This time we paddled through the demesnes of the Egret. Those
pterodactyl like predators were everywhere. But they were so elusive.
They would be sitting, invisible in the tree in front of us, and then
give their harsh reptilian cry and launch into the sky, before we
could bring our cameras to bare. Dammit.
This was a good skills learning trip
for me. Amy and Kris, my new kayaking friends, have a lot more
experience than me and make it a habit to practice their paddling
skills when they go out. Once I asked what they were doing they were
friendly enough to share.
I asked Amy about “edging”,
something Chip and others have mentioned often enough, and though I
know in general what it is, I still just don't GET it.
So Amy says, “you need to shift you
hips to bring up your left side. Just raise your left knee. Here, let
me steady your boat for you”, and she puts her blade in the water
and does this back and forth quick stroke and her boat just slides
sideways right over to me.
What the Frak, “Forget about Edging,
what was that you just did”?
“oh, that? That is called <some
word that I know but can't remember>”. And she taught me that.
It was SO COOL. Now I can go sideways.
However, Here is a picture of Amy
Edging. Now you can be confused about it too.
As you can see, Mt Saint Helens came
out to play toward the end of the day. That was nice. The weather was
really fun today. Started out really foggy (“It is Mordor down
here”) And COLD. How can it be foggy and still be below freezing?
Why doesn't the fog freeze? ANSWER: It does freeze. Mainly to the
trees. But also to the little plastic walkways on the dock.
Yes, That glistening is Frost in the Trees.
At one time I ran up on an invisible
underwater log (I was trying to take a photograph and I thought for
sure I was going over there for a second). I put my hand down into
the water to balance myself and push off the log. And it was Fraking
Cold. I mean. Holy Moly. I was wearing my new 3mm wet suit, and I
thought that would protect me, but I am pretty sure that if I went
over I would have been in a LOT of trouble. And my silly wet suit and
boat pump weren't going to help me much. Of course, I could probably
have climbed up on the shore. And Cursed.
A bit of a maze back there.
Back in the Trees
As always, Scappoose bay was fun. Lots
to explore, and very protected. A great place to go to learn and
Oh, and this was my first trip out with friends and with Journey. My she is fine.