Taking to the water
I am not a water person. I love looking at the ocean and listening to the surf on beach vacations, but I enjoy all this with both feet on terra firma. So no one is more surprised than I that I’ve become a fan of sea kayaking.
The idea of white water kayaking has always scared me – what if I tipped over and couldn’t get free of the craft? Not a problem with a sea kayak since I sit perched atop a plastic craft similar to a surf board. If it capsizes, which seems highly unlikely, I’m in the drink – and bobbing free and upright like a cork in my personal flotation device.
After the first time on the water, I was hooked. The craft is stable, even in the wake of large, fast-moving motor craft. (Yachts and speedboats gave no quarter, I might add.) Maneuvering is easy.
The first time out, I was worried about a lot of things – falling off because of my own ineptitude, being swamped by another craft, getting tipped over by a whale or porpoise.
The reality was so different. Seeing the bay at eye level, the water shimmering like blue silk. Swarms of fish bubbling just below the surface, the targets of hungry gulls. Passing party boats filled with cheering, waving revelers. Feeling the strength of paddling. Hearing the quiet when I stopped and let my kayak move at the whim of the current.
By the time I surfed a wave back to shore, I was ready to go again. And I did. Kayaking became part of my every day beach routine in Puerto Vallarta.
By the end of the week, I paddled out each morning, hoping to see a whale. Ah, I wish. Wouldn’t that be cool!