After a 5 year hiatus, I finally got a chance to get back into a sea kayaking for some paddling around Salt Spring Island with some good friends. I was a bit hesitant at first but once I got a feel for the hard chine hull of the boat I was using, all was well once more.
One big difference between 5 years ago and now is that I have a spare pair of hearing aids (my old pair) that I can use while on the water. I need hearing aids for my day to day life and the risk of losing a $3000 set to salt water was never that appealing; now I’m not risking nearly as much and the old aids still work fairly well (better than cupping a hand to my ear and hoping I can hear what my friends are shouting at me!). It gave me a whole new perspective on the paddling world: I could hear the swoosh of my paddle’s blade as it cut through the surface of the water, the wind as it changed direction, the various boats motoring through the channel where we were paddling, the snort of the seals as we passed a wee bit too close, the cry of the eagles perched in their trees looking for easy prey...so much that had been lost to me before!
Now that I have had a taste of the sea faring life once more, I’m definitely hooked! There is a certain serenity that comes with leisurely paddling a kayak around the Gulf Islands on short day trips when the most you need to worry about is where to stop for a snack & to stretch your legs...pure bliss! I’ll have to see how my energy keeps up over the coming months and then decide whether or not a West Coast trip is in order: I would love to return once more to the rugged coastline for some adventures!