The Tusket Islands are off the south-west coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. July 14th I am joining 7 other paddlers (5 men and 2 women) on a 5-day paddle to 4 islands. This is our projected paddle plan. (https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1oSsaoYxGiypH30IOnPftI07xkzKZmkAP&ll=43.71076894705195%2C-66.01252219715593&z=11) I've kayaked and camped with this group before and am anticipating the camaraderie and adventure I know is to come. Special thanks to Art M, a great friend and skilled navigator, for planning another expedition and inviting us to join him!
PS Our plan played out differently than proposed. I will say 'a better one' - it's what transpired due to variables like fog and wind and current, islands being closer to each other than anticipated, and connecting with locals from the Island community which added valuable camping suggestions, fresh lemonade and much more!!
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Close to our 'finish line' (the parking lot and our vehicles), paddling through 'The Sluice', we passed these two hard-working men, harvesting rockweed seaweed. (Commercial uses: packed with live organisms during shipping, i.e. lobsters or marine bait worms; added to gardens as fertilizer and mulch. After processing used for nutritional additives - and contains a compound used as a thickening agent in food, cosmetics, and some paints.)
The timing was perfect for: appreciation for all that these waters offer and supply to people; a strong nudge of gratitude for the privilege I'd had to be here for adventure and exercise and fun; gratitude to be with friends, for our safety and lessons learned.
I got disoriented paddling in fog once on the river where I live - this unsettling feeling was one I didn't want to repeat on the ocean. And thankfully it didn't here: we were committed to staying in sight of each other, several paddlers had compasses, and this group had an overall sense of calmness.