White ladies, blue skies, three mice and a fox

A mountaineer of note - Murray perhaps - once wrote: no two days climbing on a winter route were ever same and therein lay the superiority of winter climbing over summer. Sea kayaking is rather like that - tidal flows, pressure systems and the wind or lack of combining to create an infinite variety of conditions that retain interest in even the most familiar stretches of coastline. And so it was, that leaving Point Lynas to paddle Anglesey's north coast - our first overnighter of the year - there remained that sense of anticipation for the unknown.
Blustery conditions, running with the tide towards Middle Mouse having passed outside East Mouse a little earlier. On the outside of this, the largest of the 'mice', the ebb was producing some healthy waves to around 5ft after which we crossed towards Cemlyn Bay into a fresh F4/5. Hugging the shore from there on towards Carmel Head, West Mouse would have to wait until the morning.
A fine night in the company of the White Ladies (navigation markers of which there are three, two on the headland and the third on the island, West Mouse) looking out towards The Skerries.
The winds dropped overnight to give a pleasantly warm, still morning - an excuse if one were needed to relax a little, watching the porpoises working the tide below.
Back on the water, shortly before crossing to West Mouse and using the last of the flood to push us back east. In fact the tide turned a little earlier than predicted, picking up speed quickly to force an unplanned ferry glide back inshore.
Working our way back beneath the cliffs and blue skies, using the eddies wherever possible - it is rarely necessary to paddle against any significant flow.
Enjoying some gentle waves and welcome warmth in the sun...
...before heading into the shade temporarily...
...and winding our way back towards Porth Llanlleiana for a short shore break. It is another familiar bay and one in which I have camped on numerous occasions - sadly abused by many, the fire rings and litter of recent visitors all too evident. Above the ruined porcelain works, a movement caught my eye and watching the steep hillside, a fox appeared, running casually up and eventually out of sight - not such a rare creature but a rare sighting in sunlight.
The last leg, looking back on the headlands that characterise this trip - a fine finish to a familiar yet different day on Anglesey's north coast.

Comments

Ian Johnston said…
Good to see you're back on the water Will - that looks a great trip :o)

I've sometimes thought how much Bill Murray would have been enthused by sea kayaking, and what wonderful descriptions he'd have written about kayak trips.....

Kind Regards
Will Herman said…
Hi Ian - yep, was good to be back on the water - felt like 'the season' was back underway - As for Murray, I'm not sure if it was he or another from that era who made the comment re: winter climbing but certainly his writing was evocative and no doubt he would have loved the adventures to be had around Scotland's coast. Was it Murray who wrote his first book while a POW and subsequently had to rewrite the entire thing from memory after the draft was destroyed by camp guards? A remarkable man.
Best,
Will
Tony said…
The shot in the cave looks very much like our Cathedral Cave where we were this past Sunday!

Tony :-)