As it gets colder, it can take a bit more to get motivated enough to go out. You wait for the perfect calm, sunny day with no wind, and it never comes... or if it does you're busy doing something else. It's been about a month since my last paddle, and I was getting antsy.
Todd, who has defected to New York City for the winter, was here for the day. The gale warning was over, and despite the dropping air temperature, it looked like we had a short window of calm enough weather to get out there. Bill Baker, who is usually busy running Old Quarry Ocean Adventures during the summer was able to join us.
The wind was out of the west, so we picked our way through the archipelago... contour paddling the shores of islands at high tide. I know I've said it many times, but it is amazing how you can paddle in the same spot again and again and it will be different every time. We were out at high tide, a much higher tide than usual, and we discovered nooks between rocks we'd previously only looked up at. We took a break on Buckle and headed back... arriving before sunset, which happens at 3:57 now.