|A marriage of art and science, legend and tradition|
- even on the racks, you can feel their energy.
Simplicity can extend beyond hull and deck design to the way we equip our boats. My "attention" is easily diverted (just ask Joan) so, when paddling, I try to keep the forward deck as clear as possible, stowing safety and trip items in the cockpit, on the rear deck, and in the hatches. It's a personal thing, but I find that the clean and uncomplicated "visual" over the forward deck enhances the paddling experience. With fewer things to tempt my hyperactive eyes, the deck becomes a clean slate. I can then focus, without even subliminal distraction, on the natural and intricate beauty of the marine environment.
|Passing Octopus Point, wind and water, balance and harmony.|
In trip planning, most of us usually take just what we need, with, perhaps a few "luxuries" that can be fit in. Essential items support and enrich the experience. Non-essential items can burden and take up limited space. They distract from the experience.
Soon, Joan and I will begin a long-anticipated "expedition" to some distant places. In many ways, it will be a time of discernment for what is to come in this rather interesting new phase of our lives. Having "grown up" once, it is very much like a new beginning. A second childhood? Well, maybe, if "childhood" is understood to be a time of wide-eyed learning, exploration, and discovery. Of course, we have gained at least a little wisdom over the years, and that will influence the mix, perhaps as yeast influences the dough. The kayaks will have to stay behind this time, but there will be ample opportunity for self-propelled adventure on the trails and amidst the ancient hills - an ideal venue for reflection and contemplation.
|In life, as in a kayak, the journey itself should be the destination.|
So like the clean, crisp lines of the kayaks as seen from the kayak cockpit, we're going to try to keep it simple - traveling light, with a focus on exploring the land, connecting with the people, and seeking opportunities to learn more about life...and the journey in life yet to come.
Of course, access to wi-fi will be rather essential since there are some pieces of technology you just can't leave home without these days. :)
More later, from another land.