While on a fishing trip in Sayward, Vancouver Island, I overheard the following conversation take place between a female kayaker and our campsite owner, Dan.
Female Kayaker: Good morning. It’s me again.
Female Kayaker: Sayward sure is beautiful.
Dan: Sure is.
Female Kayaker: My friend and I would like to use your ramp to launch our kayaks in the ocean. OK with you?
Dan: OK by me.
Female Kayaker: Says in our book that Kelsey Bay is an amazing kayaker destination. Not to be missed.
Dan: Is that so?
Female Kayaker: Says we’ll probably see porpoises and killer whales.
Female Kayaker: Have you seen them before?
Dan: Sure have.
Female Kayaker: That’s incredible. Close up?
Dan: If you consider Hardwicke Island close up.
Female Kayker: We could kayak from here to Hardwicke Island. It’s just over nine kilometers.
Female Kayaker: I’m thinking that you know this area pretty well.
Dan: Pretty well.
Female Kayaker: Any advice?
Dan: Might want to keep a heads up for boat traffic.
Female Kayaker: That’s good advice. Thanks.
Dan: And the rocky shore line. It can sneak up on you.
Dan: How’s your kayak in strong winds?
Female Kayaker: Not too good.
Dan: How about swells, waves, chop?
Female Kayaker: Also not good.
Dan: Can you read the water?
Female Kayaker: I’ve kayaked for years. I’m pretty much an expert.
Dan: Then you know to stay away from that black line out there. That rip tide will pull you down to Campbell River, if you make it past Ripple Rock, that is.
Female Kayaker: That’s over fifty kilometers away!
Dan: That’s about right.
Female Kayaker: You’re kidding?
Dan: Not about the water.
Female Kayaker: Do you kayak in this water?
Dan: Never in the summer.
Female Kayaker: Do you ever see other kayakers kayak in this water, in the summer?
Dan: Not twice.
Female Kayaker: Perhaps it might be a good idea to give Kelsey Bay a miss?
Shelley and John