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Hello everyone! One day, we will look back on this strange, strange time and give thanks that we got through. Right now, our work is to figure out how to get through, while keeping safe, while looking out for each other.
One of the things that has become very clear to me is that the need to socialize is fundamental. Indeed, we have a club because people learn and laugh best together. I am very glad that we were able to hold our annual Labour Day camp-out last month. It was wonderful to see those of you who came out. It was worth the effort for me, and I feel it was the same for you as well.
With all that said, it is pretty clear that we can’t hold our annual Harrison River paddle this year. Arranging a shuttle for everyone without the Pandemic was hard enough. This year, it would be simply impossible.
However, I want to suggest we try something a little different, but still in the spirit of this annual event. Though we cannot hold a single large event, can we still find people willing to step up and coordinate (I won’t say lead) a small pod of paddlers on a day trip? It would be awful to not have any photos for the year-end montage.
Aside from next weekend (Thanksgiving), we have Oct 17/18, 24/25, and Oct 31/Nov 1. These are not official trips, but something along the lines of our short-notice buddy paddles. I know our more experienced paddlers have been going out, but we have new and beginner paddlers who surely need to get out as well.
If you are up for this, please respond here. Some ideas for day paddles:
- South Surrey: Nicomekl River to Crescent Beach
- Alouette Lake: Boat Ramp to North Beach
- Indian Arm: Deep Cove to Twin Islands
- West Van: Batchelor Cove to Apodaca Park
- Howe Sound: Porteau Cove to Islet View
- Howe Sound: Squamish to Tantalus Landing
I would take a pod out myself, but I am not in the Lower Mainland anymore. If there’s anyone between Nanaimo and Campbell River who wants to do a day paddle out to Tent Island, let me know!
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