The Retirement Row.

Retirement RowThis is the last row before The Vancouver Sun & Province Kennedy Heights Printing Plant shuts down and I retire.
I have worked my last shift.  Today is the last day of the plant.  A good day to go rowing.


High water and not much tide change for the row.

This is the tide chart for the Pitt River (Fenton):

Retirement RowThis close-up of the chart shows the small slough I hope to explore, North of Grant Narrows Point.  The chart shows the slough connecting back to Grant Narrows NW of the Widgeon Creek Lodge.  I hope to row around the point.

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Google Earth picture of the North Slough.

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My reciept for the boat launch.  A bargain at $10.00

Launch Reciept

Rowing away from the boat launch

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I will head across Grant Narrows to the Point.  Retirement Row

Navigation marker on the point on the North West side of Grant Narrows.  Retirement Row

Looking up lake by the point.Retirement Row

The entrance to the North Slough.Retirement Row

I will row Gwragedd Annwn backwards into the slough so I can see better.  Also a little change of pace for the old arm muscles.Retirement Row

An old trailer(?) on the North Shore of the slough.Retirement Row

The way in is twisty and shallow in spots.Retirement Row

Past the first barrier.Retirement Row

The slough turns to the South West.Retirement Row

The channel is not very wide.Retirement Row

Beaver works block the way.  The water is flowing out.Retirement Row

I push Gwragedd Annwn over the beaver works and press on.  For a while, the channel looks as if it may go through.Retirement Row

Looking back where I have come from.Retirement Row

Progress on the GPS.  The way is too blocked and shallow for Gwragedd Annwn to continue.  The white lines show the navigable(?) channels.Retirement Row

The end of the line.Retirement Row

Too shallow even for Gwragedd Annwn.Retirement Row

Beaver Lodge.Retirement Row

Beaver channel beside the lodge.  I will see where it leads.Retirement Row

Signs of beaver activity.Retirement Row

This branch is over 3′ higher than the water.  How did the beavers get to it?  Does the water level get a lot higher than it is now?  Three feet higher?Retirement Row

Leaving the North Slough into Pitt Lake.Retirement Row

A clam on the mudflats.  They form the largest negatively accreting delta in the world, and Pitt Lake is the second largest fresh water tidal lake in the world.Retirement Row

The view up lake.  The mudflats are quite extensive here.  The water is not much more than a foot deep here. I would not want to try walking here.  Looks a little too muddy. 

The Eastern Shore is steep and mossy.Retirement Row

Waterlines on the rockface?  It is almost three feet from the water line to the moss line.Retirement Row

Close-up of the Mossy cliff face.

A small creek enters Pitt Lake on the South side of the rock face.Retirement Row

I pull Gwragedd Annwn up on the shore and take a look at the creek.Retirement Row

Looking South, down the lake on the Eastern shore.Retirement Row

Lunch time for the Urban Oarsman.Retirement Row

A boat dock at the end of the road on the dyke. The gate to it is at Grant Narrows. Retirement Row

Dead boat on the side of the dyke.Retirement Row

Dead plant pot on the side of the dyke.Retirement Row

Looking up lake.Retirement Row

The piling shows that the current is still going upstream into the lake.Retirement Row

Osprey or Eagles nest on a piling.Retirement Row


Lets have a look at the chart again, and try the South enterance to the North Slough.

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The South entrance to the North Slough.  I will try and see how far in I can get with Gwragedd Annwn.Retirement Row

Not very far.  Big logs block the way.  Need a chain saw.  A big chain saw.Retirement Row

Looking back out of the channel at the Grant Narrows boat launch.  Time to go home.Retirement Row

A good way to spend my last day before retirement.

The Urban Oarsman first Row of 2015

Happy Rowing.





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