Riding the tides

Sunday 24th July. By Jodie.

We’re paddling with the breeze at our backs, always a good thing, and additionally with a favourable current. Its great! We’re moving along at a terrific speed, practically surfing the following seas, even in these big expedition kayaks.

We knew we would have to consider the tides on this trip, but didn’t expect they could work in our favour so effectively.

We are having fun studying the tide tables each day to work out how our paddling will be affected by the tides, trying to paddle longer stretches with the current, trying to make crossings on slack tide, trying to sneak through shallow channels at high tide. I’m amazed at how the tides can be predicted so accurately – how is that possible?

At campsites we are careful to set our tent and boats above the high tide line, and all cooking and eating is done in the inter-tidal zone so that any bear attracting odours are conveniently washed away by the tides.

I’m loving the way we have become so aware of our immediate environment; currents, wind direction, and impending rain or sunshine.


About paulandjodie

Our first blog, five star tent, was a six month project in parallel with a journey on foot and by kayak from Alaska to Patagonia. Now back to real life, Jodie is inspired to start blogging again, just a little bit, with photo theme hop.
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