Hello dear friends !
During our last kayak excursion, I had brought my camera, not my very best camera though, I could never do that even if I have a dry bag. It was a beautiful day with the sun shining high in the sky and I took a few photos.
Kayaking is something I was longing to do over the past fourteen years. When I was living in La Baie, Saguenay, we once rented a tandem kayak, but on that day it was very windy. The waves, even if small ones, were firmly drifting us further toward the sandbars and we couldn’t change direction because the kayak was defective and we didn’t know it. So we ended up on the sandbars, unable to set off again because the waves kept pushing us backward. While I waited there, Bob had to return on foot to the beach where we had departed to find help. It took him about 45 minutes to get there and, luckily, the guy who had rented us the kayak had returned to the beach to see if we were okay, he was worried about us because of the strong winds. While I waited for Bob’s return, seated on a rock on the sandbars, I felt so at peace… I was alone admiring this wonderful landscape, hearing the forceful wind, the seagulls, the sound of the small waves crashing at my feet, and smelling this distinctive and unique odour emanating from the sandbars. I remember this moment in my life as one of the most peaceful, of being the most centered and connected to nature, a pure moment of grace. Now, when I am in my kayak, these feelings return to me.
Even with our misfortune, I never forgot how I had loved kayaking. Finally, after 14 years, we could afford buying ourselves kayaks and this year is our first kayaking season. Since we’re not experienced enough yet, we prefer rivers and lakes and we won’t go to the sea this year. But next year we plan to go to Bar Harbor, Maine, and Les Grandes Bergeronnes in Saguenay to see the big blue whales, belugas and many other species of whales, and all that from our kayaks. If you ever have a chance to go kayaking, don’t hesitate, it’s wonderful and so peaceful.
Our departure site.
Here I am, gaining some speed !
A view from my kayak
Bob taking a break and admiring the landscape
Our kayaks on the bank of the river. At this point there is a little waterfall but I couldn’t approach it as there was too much turbulence on the water.
A big smile on my face, I love kayaking !
Our vacation are coming in a week and you can be sure kayaking will be on the menu !
To all of you who are on vacation right now, enjoy and have fun !