Moore River

RAIN ON THE MOORE RIVER

15/01/2018 – A wet, cloudy day

I must say that ‘sit in’ kayaks are way better than ‘sit on’ ones. You get this thing called a ‘skirt’ which goes around your middle and hooks onto the kayak hole, so your legs don’t get wet.  What a great idea!

However, when it is raining and windy, there is still a certain amount that goes down the back of your neck and runs up your sleeves as you paddle.  I did at least manage to stay upright, although I was sure I was going to tip up at times. The wind driven waves were quite ferocious and when the kayak got side on it started to roll over. Luckily, I stayed moderately dry.  I would not have been impressed to be dumped in the river at this stage.

The rain was relentless and we did not go a huge distance. See my previous blog on Stand Up Paddling the Moore River, I have been here a few times previously and traveled a farther distance from upriver to the mouth.

The next day thankfully, dawned much clearer and we were able to have another kayak upriver and have further look around.

Much more civilized.

Nice calm water, that’s more like it.

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MOORE RIVER ESTUARY

14/01/2018 – Off to do some Kayaking

Immediately after the Triathlon Enticer at Rockingham, David and I picked up the kayaks and drove to Guilderton where the Moore River hits the sea.

A beautiful spot, you can just see the sand bank that is keeping the river from entering the sea at the moment.

We were ready for a quiet afternoon after such a busy and early morning.

The early sunset looked promising, so I started taking photographs.

A fabulous evening, and a golden sun.

Still getting brighter, and looking glorious.

Then everything turned a pinky purple colour and night started to set in.

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SEPTEMBER LONG WEEKEND PART 3

24/09/2017 – SUPing down the river

As the only member with a Stand Up Paddle board, I created a group of one to take the same course as the kayaks down river to the river mouth at Guilderton.  Having an inflatable board I hurried off early to be prepared and ready before the kayaks hit the water.

All went well, except for several spots of rain.  I was so happy to be out and free on my paddle board, no one to keep up with, I could go where I wanted and go as slowly as I wanted.

A group of cormorants hung around looking wet and miserable, but it wasn’t cold, I pulled in for a closer look then went on my merry way.

I must be nearly there now, no kayaks have overtaken me yet and I can already see the start of the sand dunes. The rain has eased off and the water is smooth.

I paddled right up to the river mouth, you can see that the sand bar has now broken and water is going out to the sea.

I borrowed this picture from Hui Lin, who was around when the sand bar broke yesterday.  Apparently children often tunnel across, delighted to see the two waters mixing.  This looks pretty rough, and you can see the brown water going out into the ocean.

At last the kayakers catch up and we all had lunch together.  I was getting a bit cold by this stage as I managed to fall in when Julie shouted to me from the shore, “PAMELA”, surprised I turned and whoopoh, there I go straight into the water.  Very apologetically she invited me to sit inside their vehicle while we waited for the kayakers, and I managed to dry off a bit.

On the way back, I know that the kayakers will soon be ahead of me, sure enough, here comes Hui Lin.

But it is not a race, and I plan to enjoy the return journey.

I can stop when I like and have a break.  However, the clouds are looking a bit ominous and I don’t really want to get soaked again, so onwards I go.  A great day.

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SEPTEMBER LONG WEEKEND PART 2

24/09/2017 – Campsite and Evenings

The usual array of colours, shapes and sizes. My recently acquired 3 man beige dome tent is central, with nose of my car showing on left. By the way, there is no way 3 men would fit in that tent, I would be lucky to get one in there!  I have to sleep diagonally myself to avoid my pillow sucking in moisture from outside.

This is what we do when we are not kayaking, paddling, walking or cycling – we chat, drink coffee or wine and socialize with each other.

In the evenings, someone organizes a music quiz – easy if you follow his genre of music, otherwise impossible.

Or another someone has a go at charades.  Either way it is always an enjoyable time, even though quite cold as you can see by the clothing.

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