Our journey, by sea kayak, to Lunan Bay with Ian, Mike, and Douglas continued and I found myself thinking about how much I love and am drawn to the sea.
Perhaps it has to do with being born on an island...and at three years of age boarding a ship (the Cunard Liner Franconia) for Canada...and spending weekends and summers as a child by a lake...returning to the UK at the age of 8 aboard the Sylvania and returning again to Canada on the Carinthia...never being very far from water, whether it be lake, river, or ocean.
Perhaps it's much more ancestral, something primitive...something that harkens back through unimaginable time...
I don't know...except that there is a passion for the sea.
Others, much more eloquent, have expressed their love of and respect for the sea..
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau
My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.”
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The winds, the sea, and the moving tides are what they are.
If there is wonder and beauty and majesty in them,
science will discover these qualities...
If there is poetry in my book about the sea,
it is not because I deliberately put it there,
but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.”
- Rachel Carson
The ocean is a central image.
It is the symbolism of a great journey.
In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
- Kahlil Gibran
Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way
the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline,
no matter how many times it’s sent away.
- Sarah Kay
The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination
and brings eternal joy to the soul.
- Robert Wyland
When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come,
I go to the sea,
and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds,
cleanses me with its noise,
and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.
- Rainer Maria Rilke
The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.
The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.
- Kate Chopin
Shortly, we will fly across the ocean, over the frozen arctic regions, and then a massive continent. We will reunite with our Canadian kayaks on Pacific waters. They have waited patiently, for six months..now their adventure will continue.