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Bouncin’

I first wrote about Inchconnachan here. It’s the island on Loch Lomond with the wild wallaby colony on it.

I haven’t been out on the canoe much this year due to the weather, but I’m on a few days off and the weather was good this morning so off I set with my younger daughter. We’ve only ever done short trips together but I decided that we’d do a proper one today.

We met a family at our launch point, Aldochlay who had been camping on Inchconnachan overnight and had just returned. They hadn’t seen any wallabies – to their disappointment.

It took us just over half an hour to get to the island and Eve was keen to try and get a photo of the unusual wildlife. We set off for part of the island where I’ve always been lucky at seeing them.

Sure enough it wasn’t long before we met this female. (spot the pouch?)

and then this guy:

and this one:

We saw seven, possibly eight (not sure if the last one was a repeat of an earlier one) wallabies and actually were watching three together at one stage. Going by the latest estimates, if we did see eight then I reckon that’s about a quarter of the total population just now.

After a lunch of mushroom omelette cooked up on the camping stove and some crisps and tea, we boarded the canoe again to complete the circumnavigation of Inchtavanach.

The picture below is of a patch of water lilies. The ‘narrows between Inchconnachan and Inchtavanach used to be carpeted by lilies but increased use of the loch, especially by power boats has meant that only this patch, and a small one on the opposite side survive.

Just after this point we were treated to an aerobatic display by an osprey. It was close enough to identify but not close enough for a decent photo (I only take a compact digital in the canoe)

The wind got up as we negotiated the south end of Inchtavanach but nothing our vessel couldn’t handle. And how about this for a view to end our wee trip?

Canoe Believe It?

I ordered this item yesterday and now await its arrival. Whilst out cycling alongside Loch Lomond I’ve been watching folk in canoes and kayaks and thought it looked like fun. At Center Parcs we have several times hired a family “Kata-kanu” which is as the name suggests a double hulled craft. For some reason it always has me (in da-da-da style) singing the theme from Hawaii Five O (an alternative opening sequence to the one below had several Hawaiians paddling like fury in a canoe), which galvanises my kids into rare unanimity “DAD!!” “STOP IT!!”

Mrs Bigrab’s main concern (other than that I had perhaps lost my mind) was that a canoe/kayak would “take up too much room” in the garage so the one you see here is an inflatable job which folds away to hold-all size. It’s a Canadian style canoe which is only really suitable for calm conditions or gentle rivers (no white water/knuckle stuff for me!) and can take two adults or an adult and two kids. I think this is going to be fun.

Here is my favourite TV theme of all time.

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