A long day.
An awesome day.
A day of new skills.
Today I learned
… to ‘moon the menace’ in crossing eddy lines, breaking in and breaking out
… to pirouette in the tidal stream
… to paddle out of a whirlpool
… to completely zip the zipper all the way on a dry suit; that last 5mm is crucial in not letting in the water
… variations on familiar rescues, necessary in the colder Scottish waters
… to use eddies in paddling upstream, though to be honest, I just paddled like bugger up the waterhill, followed Tony and his shouts of direction
And I gained an understanding of the complexities of kayaking these moving waters, the tides and tidal movements dictate
Meantime Harry celebrated his birthday in a way that made him smile – rolling along the eddylines.