Brave New World  

Posted by mindyluwho

I've been saying I was going to do it for the past three years but I kept putting it off. Yes, I was a chicken, I admit it, but when you think of what could be under you and how small you are compared to the vastness, not to mention it's COLD and if you got tipped over, say, by something REALLY BIG, you would either get eaten or freeze to death in a matter of minutes. But I mastered my fear and I did it...and not once, but twice! Yes, I am a brave soul.............oh...are you wondering what I did? Ok,ok, I'll get out the album!


Here's my brave deed--I went kayaking!



















That's not really all that scary you say? Well not in a lake maybe,

but I went kayaking out on the Ocean ,where there are big whales




















and sharks and other weird creatures and slimy kelp and the water is 46 degrees and you will die of hypothermia in 30 minutes if you get tipped over or sucked out by a rip current (really swirly water) when the ocean tides start to change...

See, I am brave!




















This is my B.C. friend Cori who braved it with me. She'd gone before so I felt safe with her expertise!






















It was so much fun that I went again and took my son with me...I was the expert then..*cough*.





















We had some great mom & son quality time.

We stopped at a really nice beach and played some Gin Rummy





















I won all three hands.


He got tired of losing so he found a little hermit crab and made a house for it.





















We saw some bald eagles and even some whales way far off which we were glad of (actually that was when I was with Cori. When I was with Son, he kept trying to go out to where they were, but I controlled the rudder, heh, heh, heh!).


We saw a piece of really cool driftwood, which I wanted to take back for my yard, but it was a bit to big for the tippy canoe.





















And speaking of tippy, we didn't tip over once, in fact we hardly got wet at all, just our feet as we were getting in and out.

Just so you know, when we are on the ocean it's in the passage between British Columbia and Vancouver Island, and we keep close to the land with our little kayak, (although there are those who venture out farther to see the whales...I wasn't one of them, did I say that already?) so it is a little safer than being on the open ocean with all the big swells and wind, but still, I think I was pretty brave...I'm just sayin'.

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5 said...

WOW ... you've conquered a fear! You go girl! I'm totally with you on the "creepy, slimy, you don't know what's under you" stuff. It gives me the willies!

August 18, 2007 at 9:36 PM

I remember snorkeling in Puerto Rico. I was OK so long as I could see the reef and shore below me and in front of me. But I remember coming around past the reef, and all of a sudden, all I could see in front of me was blue water, and the coral dropped to about 30-40 feet below. I panicked, and had to backpedal as quickly as I could.

The ocean is huge, and it can make you feel very small and vulnerable.

Great for you! I'd love to try the kayaking thing some time.

August 19, 2007 at 2:14 PM

I wouldn't want to be in that small of a boat, with BIG whales swimming
about. Makes me think of Castaway.

You are a brave momma!

August 19, 2007 at 9:43 PM

Sounds awesome. Can I come next time. I need an excuse to be brave and do something like that!

Love the driftwood!

August 22, 2007 at 8:19 AM

Way to go! I love the picture of the whale. You are braver than I am!

August 22, 2007 at 12:59 PM

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