09 Aug Cory Seaman and the PITPC
Every so often we get a message from a paddle-seeker who may have been unsuccessful in their attempt to locate a hidden paddle they had set their sights on, but who were delighted to have discovered a new area that they really enjoyed or had experienced a wonderful adventure with lasting memories, and wish to express support and gratitude for the PITPC. A couple of weeks ago, we received such a message from paddle-seeker and PITPC enthusiast, Cory Seaman, that we wanted to share with you. Cory, and his lovely paddling partner, were hoping to find the Killarney Outfitters paddle – which by the way, is still “Out There” having not as yet being claimed (as of the date this post was published) – but they definitely found a few other “rewards” instead. And thanks to them, I now have a craving for Fish & Chips! 😉
Message from Corey (via the PITPC Facebook Page)…
We woke up bright and early at 3:30 am yesterday to head up to Killarney in hopes of locating the KO paddle. It was a very foggy drove up and we arrived just before 8, so waited at the George Lake permit office before driving back to the Carlyle Lake put in. The water was beautiful and smooth as glass, paddling was a charm getting across Carlyle before beginning the first 860m portage. A very short paddle from there to the 1400m portage which led us across the La Cloche trail and to a beautiful turquoise lake, Norway Lake.
We chatted with a surprised group of campers who were very curious why we were day tripping to Sandy Lake. Upon arrival at the Sandy Lake portage, my excitement grew as I felt very confident the clue was for this portage. Unfortunately, our search at both ends and along the portage turned up nothing. We had a great time searching though and discovered a new area of Killarney we’d never been to before. We will certainly be making future reservations on Norway Lakes.
You don’t always find the paddle, but that ended up just being a sidebar on a great day. Crystal clear water made for the best paddling all day, an overcast sky and 21 degree weather might have brought out the Mosquitos but kept us on the cooler side as well.
To cap it all off, a drive into town and a first time experience at Herbert’s Fish and Chips. That was the best fish and chips either of us ever had! I’m still very determined to find a paddle this year, this weekend just wasn’t meant to be the time for it. Thank you for getting us to a new area of Killarney that we might not otherwise have considered for a few years to come. #rewardsareoutthere
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Cory, and for reminding us that the journey, and experience itself, is full of rewards when you get “Out There”. 🙂