Today I am going to paddle the Finlayson Arm.
I have been craving this for weeks, since I moved to this little cabin on the mountain, and I keep looking out at the arm, wondering what is around the bend…
“Just around the river bend, I look once more just around the riverbend, beyond the shore…
I am exhilarated by the music in this song, and the adventure that I am about to experience. Should I choose the smoothest course, steady as the beating drum?
The water is flat from way up here, but I know that once I lay that boat in the water, and paddle on, the waves, the wind and the current will move me.
I am curious about the Stone house or abandoned castle that people speak of, it’s somewhere here in the Arm. Now I am on a quest to find the lost Castle.
I wonder what the weather will be like… I’m checking the forecast and it says…
I am packing extra paddling gear in case I go in the drink, a great lunch, chocolate too. I will have a spare paddle, float device pump and waterproofed cellphone. I also have a first aid kit.
I have been kayaking most of my life and am confident in my skills. although I do not have a VHF Radio, based on my assessment of the weather forecast and local knowledge of how safe the sound is, that I won’t need it this time. I have learned a lot from Jan at Adventuress Sea Kayaking and her coastal navigation course… about watching weather systems, and look for warning signs.
This is a perfect way for me to hone my skills and connect with nature on my day off!
I’ll be writing about my adventure when I return! Blessed day to all!