About us

DOUG TAYLOR - former officer in the Canadian Forces (36 years) and manager at Osgoode Hall (7 years), retired to the Comox Valley in 2004. Can be found in my NDK Explorer HV, when not having a coffee at Rhodos or hanging out at Comox Valley Kayaks where I teach Paddle Canada courses.

JONATHAN REGGLER - Ex-British Army medical officer, became a civilian GP in the United Kingdom for 11 years then immigrated to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BC, in 2003. Sea kayaking since 2004. Family physician in Courtenay.


Click on the link to maps.google.com in the latest post and follow our progress.

A message sent in the evening means we have been paddling and have reached a new place. A message sent in the morning means we are staying put.

If there is no SPOT message for a few days do not panic! SPOT is new technology and a glitch or two may happen. We have loads of back-up with VHF radios and EPIRB.


Doug and Jonathan love the fact that so many of you are following their progress but they also enjoy reading your comments when they have access to the internet. The links are at the end of the Spot message for the day. To read the comments: click on the Comment link. To leave a comment: click on the Envelope. They even answer some of them!!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Journey so far

We've had some excellent paddling up until now. The trip today from Shelter Point to Heriot Bay (thanks Jon and Jackie Watson for a front lawn to camp on, fabulous coffee, good beer and a great early-morning send-off) was a bit more work as we headed into a strong ebb and a fairly brisk northwesterly, but rounding Cape Mudge was thankfully less trouble than we thought.

Lots of wildlife. Large numbers of eagles (some being mobbed by seagulls), herons, scoters (surf, white-winged and black), harlequin ducks, mergansers, and even a lone pair of buffle-heads (the rest have gone north). We also know why seal bay is so-named!

This is our first opportunity to thank our families and friends for the great send off, Comox Paddlers for coming out in force, Janice and Kim from Rhodos for supplying fortifying pre-launch coffee, Gary and Brenda Olenik for the faux champagne, Comox Valley Kayaks, Jill Blacklock and Sharon Crowe for the special equipment, and Sally Alton for the on-water delivery of some fantastic fruit cake. It was wonderful to see Dave Musgrave and Don Lockwood at Kitty Coleman - thanks for the beer (most of the trip will be dry - no room!).

Very special thanks to our long-time paddling buddy Brent Arnold who launched with us and paddled on day 1 and day 2. We hope you can catch up with us for more days on the water during the trip.

We are staying with great friends Jill and Charlie for two nights. We found on our last trip that planned pauses are invigorating and very necessary. So - NO Spot tomorrow.

1 comment:

Anne said...

Please leave comments here - the lads really love it!!
Anne Reggler