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Getting Close to Nature with Kayaking
By Patricia Hilliard
Last edited: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Posted: Sunday, November 12, 2006



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Nature teaches me a lesson.

 

            What else could you do in Alaska but climb into a kayak and go out onto the bay?  The mountains rose steeply above the waves.  The small face and gentle eyes of a sea lion watched as I lowered myself into the kayak.  My knees protested the bending, but once seated, I picked up my paddle and glided onto the water’s surface.  Like the Sea Lion, I had gone from the awkwardness of moving on land to the freedom of moving in water.  I also realized I was in the center of that picture that had seduced me to take this trip to the wilderness. 
 

            After that experience in Alaska, my husband and I rushed out and bought two kayaks.  The modern ones are lightweight, only 40 pounds.  Even the inconvenience of putting the kayaks on the roof of our van and driving to a nearby lake or stream is a small aggravation completely overcome by the splendor of the kayaking experience.  Whenever I feel tired of the rudeness and hostilities of the human world, I return to the world of nature and view it from the seat of a kayak.  
 

            While paddling around, I have had the opportunity to look closely at beaver, muskrat and black snakes as they swim along the side of my kayak. Near the shoreline of many lakes and streams, I have seen warblers singing among the reeds and wild flowers blooming on the banks.  Above in the blue sky, I have seen hawks soaring in the soothing spring sunshine.  One day, as I was paddling along,  I watched as an Osprey dove into the water--right in front of my kayak--and caught a fish.  Catching food is one of the successful moments of survival in nature.  But the fish was soon grabbed out of the Osprey's grip by a Bald Eagle that snatched it and flew away. 

 

          I was furious. I thought I was getting away from such rude behavior!  But survival is the goal and the drive to survive shows that  humans are also a part of nature.  Kayaking gave me the opportunity to view nature's drama through the lives of other species.




 

 
 

 
 

 

 

 

 

  

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