|Drama in rock.|
The magical ingredients on this day were: a long-anticipated paddle, a marine forecast that kept its promise, and a stunning and dramatic coastline. Ian, who inspires and tempts us (and so many) with the excellent images and narratives in his blog, Mountain and Sea Scotland, put together the perfect paddle - and not far from home. After more than two months out of the cockpit, it was so good to be back on the water.
Wherever one is in the world, every kayaking adventure, large or small, begins with packing lots of kit...into small spaces.
|Room for everything.|
Ian kindly allowed the use of his Tiderace Xcite. Checking the initial "fit" on the sand...it felt great.
Launching is always the beginning of a grand adventure!
Leaving the quiet harbour at Sandend...
|The adventure begins.|
Just several paddle strokes later, it was clear that the latter choice would be both exhilarating and breathtaking.
|Gentle swell off the North Sea.|
|Ian, calmly paddling by the "dorsal" fin.|
but it was just a rock. Plankton-eating basking sharks are harmless but they are the second largest fish in ocean - weighing up to seven tonnes! Only the whale shark is bigger.
|The ruins of Findlater Castle.|
A day on the water with a good friend, exploring spectacular rock formations, ancient castles, isolated beaches...
|Such a varied shoreline.|
secret passageways...a perfect "10"?
Surely, it can't get much better.
But it does. SO good to be back on the water again.
More to come...