Its a very close call as to whether we spend most of our time in canoes or underground. For a good while the "underworld" was definitely in front but in recent months time spent in a boat has increased dramatically. This year has seen just about every type and genre of canoeing we are ever likely to be involved in with: a return to several "classic" North East England open canoe trips; no less than five canoe journeys featuring at least one overnight camp; two very enjoyable days in sea kayaks and even a return to a little white water kayaking. Below are a series of photo highlights from days on the water in 2015:
Late February saw a return to the River Swale, in the Yorkshire Dales, for the first time in over 10 years. Levels were a little low but it was great to be out & Mr Johnson's Hou Canoe was to become a familiar sight in 2015!
It was great to see John Pear back in a boat in March:
April was perhaps the canoeing highlight of the year with a group of eight of us enjoying four days of superb weather on Loch Shiel. Its impossible to pick just one picture that captures the spirit of the trip but we were continually blessed with views like this:
May, June and July saw much in the way of sessions. It was a great passage of time, its always good to see folk both young and old just out enjoying themselves in boats! There were also one or two magical canoe moments amongst the mayhem:
August and September were the months of the "micro-expedition" and once again we were blessed by the most amazing weather. Loch Doon was this years' venue and it served us well for both adult and family trips:
Amongst much canoe based activity October saw a return after many years to the River Tees in open canoes & to the River Lune in kayaks:
Water based activity levels remained very high throughout November with the undoubted highlight being three days on Loch Tay and the River Tay in surreal calm and foggy conditions:
There was much more that didn't make the review!
To everybody we've spent time with on the water - a big thank you! We'll hope to see you again in 2016!!