July 1 -
Circumnavigate Shediac Island
Big turnout for this Canada Day paddle - 14 paddlers. It was heavily overcast, and a bit windy, but warm and humid (with lots of mosquitoes on land). Overall a great paddle. The plan was to watch the Shediac fireworks from the end of the Island, but some had long drives ahead of them, and we had concerns about after-hours boaters, so we completed the paddle to watch from the safety of the mainland. Town fireworks apparently waited till we all went home to start.
July 15 - Buctouche Dunes - South End - Saint Thomas-de-Kent
Considering the beautiful weather we had, there was a light turnout of only 6 for this paddle to the Dunes. One of the neat things was that you could clearly see the windmills, 25km across the Northumberland Straits of West Point, PEI. We only did a 9.3km paddle.
July 19 - Hopewell Rocks
Yes, we had a second paddle for the more aggressive paddler.
We had a very nice paddle at the Hopewell Rocks on Sunday. There was plenty of sunshine and just enough wind to make it interesting. They've done some repairs on the road to the shore, the mosquitoes were bearable and the horseflies were on vacation. So, all and all, we had a great paddle.
July 23 - Aboiteau Wharf
July was a bad month for low-tide paddles, and Aboiteau Wharf is good at low-tides. The heavy rains we had on Wednesday stirred up the water, but we had 15 paddlers out for this outing. Don was conducting demonstrations of rolling, trying to sucker others into trying - the water was nice, and some did try. We also had some entertainment provided by five powered hang-gliders.