Sunset at Chapel Beach Pictured Rocks Lake Superior, originally uploaded by Go Kayak Now.
When I do a wilderness kayak camping trip, I always ask myself is this worth the hassle. When I look at a picture like the one above, the answer is easily yes.
That said, having done traveling for kayak surfing, there are distinct joys that take place, like surfing glassy six foot waves with dolphins. This is followed by returning to a warm, dry, hotel for cocktails and a nice dinner.
Sea kayak trips involve packing 150 pounds of camping gear into tiny hatches, paddling miles and miles along shoreline, to unpack, set-up camp, eat dinner, and then go to bed, and start the cycle all over again. You’re out there with the snakes and bugs sweating and being eaten alive, or worse trying to cook oatmeal in the frozen rain. And for what you might ask?
Well, hard to believe but the picture above explains it all. This is why I do it.
The other part is the camaraderie, the suffering when shared is actually funny, and part of why I do it. It’s hard to explain, but most of the paddling friendships I’ve made were cemented in mutual misery. Camping in cold rain, hiding from bugs, eating freeze dried food makes friendships that last a long, long time.
With the right people I would go about anywhere in a kayak.
How about you?